Malaysians LOVE Batik – Batik is the icon of Malaysian fabric and in this Fashion Show, Mybatik will feature 6 Malaysian Batik brands – Jadi Batik, M.E.I, D’Rose, Hanafi, Natural Batik and FERRELLE.
• The Love of Sunset by Jadi Batek – A leisure beach wear collection by Jadi Batik. The designer team from Jadi Batik uses the sunset as inspiration to create a series of beach wear collection; it is a collection with simple batik motifs in sunset colours. Imagine wearing Jadi Batik collection with someone you love on the beach, hand in hand, under the sunset..
• China Love Story by M.E.I – M.E.I represents a crossover from the traditional to fusion wears. The designer team from M.E.I batik shows a new trendy style of batik wearing, which is Chinese Mandarin collars with beautifully embroidered flowers matched with a contemporary batik sarong. It presents a new creative way in showing a beautiful Chinese wearing Malaysian batik.
• Classical Love by D’Rose – D’Rose represents traditional baju kurung and jubah with colourful batik tie and dye. Every design from D’Rose are detailed with embroideries and beadings; all details transform every piece into a classical artistic collection.
• The Flora of Love by Hanafi – Hanafi shows a different batik fabric collection. The design team from Hanafi uses a different kind of Malaysian flora to apply in batik pieces; the detailing of batik technique, like tie and dye and tjanting makes every piece into art pieces. You can choose the batik fabric you like and design the fashion yourself. Let your creativity flow with Hanafi Batik.
• Twin Love by Natural Batik – Natural Batik represents a traditional batik block technique, which is a unique repeated batik print. The designer team from Natural Batik uses a different kind of batik block to create repeated batik pieces. Every repeated batik piece is transformed into trendy fashion wear.
• Urban Love Traditional by FERRELLE – FERRELLE is an accessory batik brand. The designer team from FERRELLE uses a different kind of traditional batik to create modern accessories, such as different kinds of handbags and shoes. Every accessory item from FERRELLE is unique and easy to match with any kind of urban wear.
The Red Carpet Dinner
The Red Carpet Annual Dinner is finally over.
Annually, the Malaysian Retailer-Chains Association (MRCA) would celebrate the continuous support of its members and their combined efforts in making MRCA a driving force behind the retail industry. Held on October 9th, 2009, about 2000 people turned up for the annual dinner.
With much support and encouragement from the President of MRCA, Mr. Lee Hwa Cheng and as myBatik is a part of MRCA supporting member, I decided to take up the challenge of becoming the organizing chairlady for the event.
With the discretion and authority given to me as the chairlady, I elected an event committee to work with me in carrying out this challenging task. Their kind assistance and wise advice supported every single decision that I had made. The most difficult decision that I had to make was when and where the annual dinner was going to be held and what kind of theme should I come up for the event.
After numerous meetings and discussions with my fellow committee members, we came to a decision that it would be called “Red Carpet” which sought to provide an evening of unmatched glamour that included prestigious award ceremonies.
We decided to have it in Genting International Convention Centre (GICC) which was a perfect venue as it had the largest pillar-free ballroom class hall in the country and was equipped with excellent facilities to accommodate a large crowd of around 2,000 people. The night would be a night that was going to feature a blend of local Malaysian celebrities and tastefully presented cultural elements.
Although our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor couldn’t make it at the very last minute, MRCA was still proud to have its Guest of Honor Yang Berbahagia Datuk Liew Vui Keong , deputy Minister of Prime Minister Department and a special guest, Yang Amat Mulia Dato Seri Diraja Syed Razlan Jamalullail & Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Datin Seri Sharifah Hismah Shahabudin to grace the MRCA Red Carpet Awards 2009.
Another big headache for me was planning the programmes that we were going to have during the annual dinner. An idea ran through my mind and that since I was a batik artist and also running an art gallery and art center, why not I just fully utilize my skills, experiences and the connections I had to have a batik fashion show. As Batik is the icon of Malaysian fabric. I immediately suggested to the committee about the idea and to my surprise, I had their full support in carrying out a “Red Carpet” Fashion Show featuring six Malaysian Batik brands – Jadi Batek, M.E.I, D’Rose, Hanafi, Natural Batik and FERRELLE.
In order to be fully prepared for this grand event, after attending an exhibition at the Australian & Malaysian Film Festival 2009 in Melbourne, Australia, on 26th August 2009, I immediately flew back to organize this event.
The long-awaited day came and mere words could not express my excitement. As the crowd slowly came in with eye catching suits and gowns, my heart beat faster. Everyone was dressed to kill. Truly it was a glamourous night. Upon the arrival of the guests of honour, the MRCA 17th Red Carpet Annual Dinner officially began and I was invited to give a speech. I stood up with confidence and delivered the speech. I knew in my heart I had tried my best and was proud that I made it.
There were plenty of performances during the night. Apart from the usual suspects (dancing, singings and lucky draws), we also had “Michael Jackson” performing the “Moonwalk”. I would say the most special programme was the batik fashion show. The show started with “Love of Sunset” by Jadi Batek where a series of leisure beach wear collection used the sunset as inspiration. It was a collection with simple batik motifs in sunset colours. Then came the “China Love Story” by M.E.I, a collection representing a crossover from traditional wear to fusion wear. The M.E.I batik collection portrayed a new trendy style of batik wearing, which featured Chinese Mandarin collars with beautifully embroidered flowers matched with contemporary batik sarongs. It presented a new creative way in showing a beautiful Chinese wearing Malaysian batik.
Immediately after M.E.I was “Classical Love” by D’Rose which presented a series of traditional baju kurungs and jubahs using colourful batik tie and dye methods. Every design from D’Rose was detailed with embroideries and beadings; all details transformed every piece into a classical artistic collection. The show continued with “Flora of Love” by Hanafi which demonstrated a different kind of batik fabric collection. The design team from Hanafi used a different kind of Malaysian flora to apply in batik pieces; the detailing of batik technique, like tie and dye and tjanting made every piece into an art piece.
As much as the crowd enjoyed the fashion show, I was truly excited to see every single piece of batik designed by Malaysian batik artists. The fashion show did not stop there and continued with “Twin Love” by Natural Batik in which a different kind of batik block was used to create repeated batik pieces that were ultimately transformed into trendy fashion wear. Finally, it was “Urban Love Traditional” by FERRELLE where a different kind of traditional batik was created into modern accessories, such as handbags and shoes.
At the end of the fashion show, I received a lot of positive comments about the fashion show as it truly acted as an eye opener to Malaysia, especially the Chinese, to realise that batik is not only meant for Malays, but for all Malaysians and I am glad to be able to promote Malaysian Batik to a higher level.
At the end of the annual dinner when the committee members were called up to the stage to receive acknowledgment of its success, the continuous applause by the crowd and the smiles on their faces brought a sense of accomplishment in me. I knew deep inside my heart, all the efforts and time I had put in were worthwhile. I had no regrets in organizing this event as the friendship I made with my fellow committee members was like new colours added onto the pages of my life.