INTERNATIONAL and local brands thrilled style-conscious folk with a showcase of their latest collections during the Penang Fashion Week 2017 in Gurney Paragon Mall.

Be it for work, leisure or special occasions, there were ample dressing up ideas for crowds to glean from the series of runway shows over the closing weekend.

One that definitely caught the eye was Malaysian home furnishing and decor store Akemi Uchi, which transformed its bedding fa-brics into one-of-a-kind garments.

According to sales and operations senior manager Nick Yap, these were from a trio of soon-to-be-launched bedsheet ranges — Colourpro, Simplicity and Flora Bohemia.

Stylish winter wear, bag and travel accessories taking centre stage during the runway show by Cosas United.

“The Colourpro collection offers up to 18 attractive hues that can be mixed and matched to suit the moods you want in your rooms. There is no right or wrong combination, it’s all about your creativity.

“Simplicity offers light and bright geometric designs with pastel tones that are timeless and classical, while Flora Bohemia is more artistic and carefree,” he said, adding that pieces featured were specially made for the show only and not for retail.

Cosas United showed that one can look great on holiday, especially in cooler climes, with their stylish range of winter apparels, luggage and accessories.

Taking centre stage were colourful down jackets, elegant coats, woolly sweaters and more for men, women and kids alike, alongside other necessities like gloves, scarves and even neck pillows.

Models also looked primed for a vacation as they strutted around with roller bags and backpacks from the brand, which hailed from London but is now owned by the homegrown Rofina Group of Companies.

Equally trendy was the selection of luxury leather goods for both sexes from French brand Lancaster, known for its high-quality materials and excellent craftsmanship.

On display were tote bags, satchels, rucksacks, clutch bags, wallets and purses, with varying designs well suited for casual meet-ups, working days and evenings out.

Sprightly exuberance radiated from the catwalk when models paraded sports wear and lifestyle apparels from German-based sports brand PUMA.

There were high-performance running and training outfits, T-shirts, caps, shoes, bags and more, from its many collections that are sold across 120 countries.

Completing the line-up were sassy formal, evening and casual wear designed to complement a women’s virtues and let them subtly stand out, from Dressing Paula.

The range of dresses, gowns, blouses, skirts and more each married intricacy with complexity, accentuating the wearer’s curves while imbuing her with confidence.

Sharing the stage in another session, were students from Equator College’s School of Fashion, who showcased pieces created during their second and third year studies.

The group of 13 young talents included Cody Song, Hea Jing Ee, Cheryl Ong Yi Yin, Tan Wan Chying, Matheus Chong, Kelly Lee Kah Shin and Chee Shi Wei.

Completing the list were Low Wei Ying, Nattida Sansern, Raydian Chew Shin Liang, Jacqualine Choy Chin Yee, Choo Sue Lynn and Mukrawee Sae Lee.

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