KLFW just hosted its very first fashion awards––here’s what went down


By Kelly Lim

KLFW just hosted its very first fashion awards––here’s what went down

Following monumental comeback to the physical runway earlier this month, Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week continued its support and celebration of the local fashion industry with the debut of its first Kuala Lumpur Fashion Awards. Hosted in the heart of the city at Shangri-La Hotel KL, designers and celebrities alike descended upon the red carpet in their glitziest dress to mark the inaugural occasion and honour some of the biggest players in the scene. Those in attendance included actress Rosita Che Wan, dressed in a Richard Quinn-esque head-to-toe, crystal-embedded ensemble designed by Ezuwan Ismail, who rocked a matching suit for the night to established industry players like Dato’ Sri Bernard Chandran and Dato’ Seri Dr Farah Khan, and the up-and-coming brands like Behati, whose designer Kel Wen invited Nursyafiq Naser to attend, dressing him in in that viral black rose outfit after the social media star recreated a parody of it with garbage bags (home couture, anyone?) to style influencer Nazreem Musa.


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Of the night, founder Andrew Tan said: “Tonight is not for me but for those in the audience as they are they are the driving force behind our Industry and tonight isa celebration of their strength, their dedication to their craft and for never giving up!”

14 awards were awarded across 14 categories that included Brand of the Year, Fashion Icon of the Year, Outstanding Achievement, and Fashion Business Leader Award. Click through to see exclusive images from the night and this year’s winners (highlighted in bold):

Emerging Womenswear Designer 




Emerging Menswear Designer 

Dickson Lim

Kit Woo 


Brand of the Year

Alia Bastamam 

Rizman Ruzaini


Womenswear Designer

Nuruta Harith 

Alia Bastamam

Cassey Gan

Menswear Designer 

Kit Woo 

Joe Chia


Most Fashionable Female Personality 

Scha Alyahya 

Yaya Zhir

Marion Caunter

Most Fashionable Male Personality 

Nazreem Musa 

Hael Husaini

Amy Search

Fashion Icon of the Year 

Marion Caunter 

Scha Alyahya

Dayang Nur Faizah

Hair Stylist of the Year 

Ckay Liow 

Cody Chua

Juno Ko

MUA of the Year 

Khir Khalid 

Shiyo Joo

Sahir Sabri

Fashion Innovation 

Bremen Wong 

Hatta Dolmat

Biji Biji Initiative

Positive Change 

Deborah Henry (Fugeelah)

Sherry Al-Hadad

Suri Lifestyle 

Outstanding Achievement Award 

Dato’ Sri Bernard Chandran 

Fashion Business Award 

Dato’ Seri Dr Farah Khan 

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