Malaysian named Asia's most influential fashion designer

KUALA LUMPUR - The week-long Malaysia Fashion Week (MFW) 2014 ended on a high note when our own Joe Chia was declared "Asia's Most Influential Designer".

The 27-year-old said his win came as a big surprise as he was not expecting it at all.

He said: "It is such an honour. Winning the title will serve as an encouragement for me and my team to work even harder in the future."

The Mercedes-Benz Stylo Asia Fashion Week awards night, which was held on Wednesday, also recognised other designers. Chun Ting Liu from Taiwan was presented the title "Asia's Most Promising Designer" by The Star acting group chief editor Leanne Goh.

Both Chia and Chun were chosen by an independent panel of judges, comprising organi­sers of fashion festivals, heads of fashion associations, international fashion media, trade buyers and other prominent figures in the industry.

The award for "Asia's Most Connected Designer" - based on votes sent in from the various social media platforms - was presented to Filipino Albert Andrada by Bloomberg TV Malaysia CEO Michael Chen.

"It has been a truly wonderful few years partnering with Stylo International for Asia Fashion Week, and to discover all the truly gifted talents from around the region," said Mercedes-Benz Malaysia president and CEO Roland Folger.

MFW took place concurrently with the Malaysian External Trade Development Cor­poration (Matrade) annual trade fair Inter­national Trade Malaysia.

Featured were 61 designers from 15 countries: Malaysia, Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Stylo International president and CEO and co-chairman of MFW 2014 Datuk Nancy Yeoh said the event would not be possible without Matrade and presenting sponsor Mercedes-Benz. The Star is the official media partner of MFW 2014.