International fashion “eleganza” from the highest peak to heritage city street

IT WAS a feast of delight for fashion enthusiasts recently. Kuala Lumpur (KL) city was lit up with high fashion couture at the Tower Fashion Eleganza 2023 event in KL Tower.

At the same time, the heritage city of Ipoh was gearing up for International Ipoh Fashion Week in December which will showcase local and international fashion on its heritage city streets.

Tower Fashion Eleganza 2023

Set against the backdrop of Kuala Lumpur city skyline, the Tower Fashion Eleganza 2023 (TFE2023) was organised in conjunction with the World Skyscraper Day celebration.

Some 15 Malaysian top fashion designers including Bon Zainal, Datuk Radzuwan Radziwill, Carven Ong, Rasta Rashid, Fiziwoo and Masrina Abdullah showcased their fusion of traditional and avant-garde high fashion couture with 75 models on the runway 300 metres above ground at the Sky Deck of KL Tower.

It was a sight to behold with colourful fashion in the sky against the backdrop of KL city lights at night.

Graced by Her Royal Highness Tengku Permaisuri of Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, TFE2023 has successfully broken the Malaysia Book of Records as the fashion show event held at the highest level of our nation.

International Ipoh Fashion Week 2023

More thrills and spills await fashion fans when the International Ipoh Fashion Week 2023 (IIFW 2023) returns for its fifth season from Dec 1 to 3.

“IIFW has become a central platform of positioning Malaysia as a thriving emerging fashion capital by showcasing the amazing Perak and Malaysian fashion talents as well as welcoming the world to experience the wonders of Perak,” the event’s founder and organiser Louis Sebastian told a media conference recently.

Louis Sebastian (third from right) at the International Ipoh Fashion Week 2023 (IIFW 2023) media conference recently


“In fact, there will be exciting fashion shows where our heritage streets will be transformed into a runway for over 10 fashion designers, both local and international to showcase their amazing couture.”

Added Sebastian: “It will be a stunning visual feast with the models doing their catwalk down memory lanes flanked by the majestic pre-colonial shop houses and heritage buildings.”

Apart from renowned fashion designers from Nepal, the Philippines and Perak, IIFW 2023 will also feature aspiring and young designers from local universities and colleges such as UiTM Seri Iskandar and Kolej Komuniti Batu Gajah.

The height of it all is the Royal Charity Gala Dinner which will be graced by Her Royal Highness Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim.

Themed Fashion with a Heart, IIFW 2023 aims to raise funds for the Paediatric Department of Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun Ipoh and other district hospitals in Perak, including Hospital Seri Manjung.

So gear up and dress up to the nines for IIFW 2023 this December. – Sept 24, 2023


Francis Yip is a fashionista and an award-winning writer and HRDF (Human Resource Development Fund)-accredited trainer. He is also the CEO of Franciswriter Dot Com and guest lecturer in The One Academy.

The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.


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