Thursday, August 16, 2007

Avant-garde designs for the daring

PATRONS enjoying high tea at Tonka Bean Café, Impiana KLCC Hotel and Spa, recently had a pleasant surprise when models strutted into the swanky outlet in unconventional creations from the Kenneth Vernon label.

The works by Kenneth Cheong Yuing Harn, as well as those who paraded them, would perhaps be best described as “daring”.

Asymmetrical lines, raw edges, inside-out folds and cuttings that might seem weird to the untrained eye characterised the creations made of chiffon, linen and cotton.

In the casual wear range, for instance, there were bizarre buttons adorning hemlines, wide, multiple-layered collars and trench coats with interesting details that looked like skirts from afar.

“I am interested only in making something new, something that has never been seen before,” said the designer, who was one of the finalists in the 2004 MIFA (Malaysia International Fashion Award) upcoming designer category.

“I’ve always done what I believed in. I want a risky design; no thanks if the clothes are too safe and too sleepy,” he said.

Even though the works were avant-garde, Cheong was confident that they would be commercially viable.

Adorable: A baby doll dress that appeals with its gathers.
He wanted to show that the deconstructed designs were nevertheless aesthetically appealing, and elegant enough to be shown off at evening functions. This was demonstrated by his evening wear collection.

Featuring large pieces of cloth resembling canvases splashed with earthy tones, the dresses were definite head-turners but one would have to be bold to wear them.

Stealing the limelight were crochet pieces lavishly adorned with ruffles and tassels, as well as playful designs, such as the pantsuit that combined five pairs of pants and a head-to-toe stocking-like suit that cocooned the wearer.

The Kenneth Vernon creations are available at Isetan KLCC and Sew & Soul, Jalan Telawi, Bangsar.

The fashion show was followed by a soulful rendition of My Way by Frank Sinatra impersonator Bourne.

The Tonka Bean Cafe features a fashion designer during high tea on Saturday every fortnight.

Source : STAR
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