With the successful debut this year, the International Ipoh Fashion Week (IIFW) will be back on a bigger and grander scale next year.
The overwhelming response and support for the venture has given the organisers the confidence and boost to host the event in Ipoh again. It may also be expanded to Kuala Lumpur to promote Perak state.
According to the IIFW founder Louis Sebastian, other than the successful fashion showcase, the organiser also raised some RM45,000 for Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun Ipoh, Paedriatric Care Unit.
“Thankfully, we have had some last minute donors who wanted to help a worthy cause and do their bid towards charity and help the children at the hospital,” said Sebastian after the closing ceremony.
Models from Malaysia, Singapore, khazakstan, Russian, Uzbekistan, China, Philippines, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Indonesia paraded at the catwalk held at the Syeun Hotel on the opening night during a grand dinner.
The following night, the showcase was open to the public while the final show was held at the Movie Animation Park Studio (MAPS) with another fashion extravaganza.
Perak state executive councillor for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Communication and Multimedia, Datuk Nolee Ashilin said the event will encourage young talents to be fashion designers and creators in the future.
“It will also encourage guests to the event to take in the sights and scenery of the beautiful Ipoh City,” she added in her opening address.
Sebastian thanked the state government, sponsors, well-wishers and supporters for making the event a great success despite some initial obstacles.
Popular personalities taking part in the show were Taiwan-based Vic Teo and Pakistani singer Gul Muhammad.
Among the major sponsors for the event are Perak Tourism, Syeun Hotel, MAPS, where2 Travel & Lifestyle magazine, Destination Perak, Aidil Travel and Tours, News Site Rentak Sejuta, SelebritiOnline, Khal Hair Salon and Trinity Entertainment.