KUALA LUMPUR, 22 APRIL 2017
AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search is back for the third
season and the Malaysian audition round was held in Kuala Lumpur today. The two finalists chosen to
represent Malaysia are Andrew Low (26 years old) and Phynix Tan Pek Han (22 years old) where they
will be showcasing their creations at the Grand Finale which will take place in Kuala Lumpur this
The AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2017 is on a regional tour to ten Asean countries,
providing aspiring designers the opportunity of a lifetime to compete on a regional level and
showcase their collection on a professional runway during the KL Fashion Week Ready to Wear.
Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia said, “We know that talent is abundant across
the Asean region and we are proud to have initiated this platform to help up-and-coming designers
kick-start their careers. We saw a vast of amazing ideas and creativity from the participants today
which made it rather challenging for the judges to pick the best two finalists representing Malaysia.
We would like to congratulate all participants for a putting forth such a fantastic job and we wish the
finalists all the best for the Grand Finale in August.”
Aspiring Malaysia designers went through extensive rounds of judging today and were selected based
on design creativity, originality, consistency of their collection, adherence to the Asean theme,
practicality and stage presentation potential.
The regional auditions will continue in all the capital cities throughout all Asean countries where two
from each country will be selected to battle for the top honour during the Grand Finale in Kuala
Lumpur this August.
Both finalists from today’s audition in Malaysia will stand a chance to win 150,000 AirAsia BIG
Points; RM25,000 fund to produce a capsule collection to be sold on fashionvalet.com; a
six-page fashion spread in AirAsia’s in-flight magazine, Travel3Sixty; AirAsia flights and
mentorship from the KLFW RTW, apart from a confirmed slot to showcase their full
collection in KL Fashion Week RTW 2018.
The panel of judges for the audition today consisted of Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of
AirAsia; Andrew Tan, Founder of KL Fashion Week Ready to Wear; Vivy Yusof, Co-
Founder of FashionValet; Alia Bastamam, Fashion Designer and Yang Mei Ling, Editor of
FEMALE Malaysia Magazine.
AirAsia is also KLFW RTW 2017’s Preferred Travel Partner and will be flying in fashion
designers from AirAsia and AirAsia X Groups’ extensive route network including India, Japan, China,
South Korea and Australia to showcase their latest collection at the KLFW RTW runway.
Follow AirAsia’s Youtube Channel (youtube.com/user/AirAsia) for webisodes featuring the journey of
all participants for the Asean-wide AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2017, or follow the
hashtag #AirAsiaRunway on other social media channels such as Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia)
and Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia).