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Star-studded Starhill

   
Joshua and Jacob Yeoh (right) with British personality Emma Jones.

The Star, 7 September 2002

HAUTE SPOT
Was it written in the stars that all the recent major events were held at Starhill? From its re-launch as KL’s fashion haven to the Bridal Fair and Kenzo show, Starhill and J.W. Marriott glittered with glamour. MARILYN ONG shone like a star as well.

Aug 23 – An evening with stars

THE advertisement in The Star announcing Starhill’s re-invention featured the famous dome of Paris. Or something very similar, replete with stained glass and elaborate embellishments. Many thought that was the new interior of Starhill and were bemused when there was a distinct absence of multi-hued glasswork and cherubs.

Many questioned why that photograph did not feature the actual interior of Starhill which is contemporary glamour while the one in Paris is more baroque art nouveau.

“That picture is just symbolic of a new shopping experience as personified by Starhill. It simply represents our vision of an integrated and seamless shopping and hotel experience as Starhill and J.W. Marriott are linked with easy access throughout,” explained Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, looking his usual bright and happy self.

As it so happened, it was also his 47th birthday and those in the know were busy planting kisses on his cheeks.

His children – Jacob, Joseph, Joshua, Ruth and Rebecca – were on hand. His eldest son, 17-year-old Jacob, looks like a Hong Kong movie star. That’s not surprising as his mother, Puan Sri Datuk Rosalind Yeoh was a former Hong Kong star. His proud father told me Jacob scored three As in his A-Levels and is off to Imperial College, London this month to do engineering. Grinned Yeoh, “I wonder where Jacob got his brains from?”

The guest-of-honour was Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen, Deputy Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism. “With the ringgit pegged at RM3.80 to the US dollar, shopping is now the second largest spending incurred by tourists,” she said. “My Ministry has taken steps to make Malaysia a shopping paradise. We have waived taxes on leather goods and selected branded goods so international brands are priced competitively.”

Beamed Yeoh, ”Since YTL acquired Starhill in 1999, our aim has been to position Malaysia as an international shopping destination, on par with Singapore and Hong Kong.” YTL enjoys untold synergies as they also own J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Pangkor Laut Resort, Tanjong Jara Resort and Lot 10. They also created the highly successful Bintang Walk and now owns Sentidos Tapas and Shook! restaurants.

Also on hand to congratulate were Datuk Sulaiman Manan and Datin Ramona, former owners of Starhill and Lot 10. “Francis has done a great job enhancing the original concept,” remarked Ramony, who used to walk up and down Starhill advising her tenants on window display and interior décor. Watch out for her comeback.


   
Puan Sri Rosaline Yeoh with The Raja Perempuan of Kelantan Tengku Anis Tengku Abdul Hamid.

Aug 24 & 25 – J.W. Marriott’s All About Weddings fair

Those planning to tie the nuptial know were out in force at J.W. Marriott’s second wedding fair. Too bad all the lovely women and handsome men floating around were taken. Wedding fairs are the most dispirited to visit unless you are in the starring role.

The guest-of-honour was The Raja Perempuan of Kelantan Tengku Anis Tengku Abdul Hamid who was personally feted by Puan Sri Datuk Rosalind Yeoh, whose husband owns half of Bukit Bintang.

The Raja Perempuan lunched at Shook! before touring the various stands offering wedding gowns, photography, make-up, invitation cards, wedding cakes, skincare, slimming programmes, professional planning and even fortune-telling.

The fashion show featured extravagant bridal gowns by Zang Toi who was premiering his first wedding collection in KL as well as more affordable pieces by The Bride’s House. For the first time ever, there was a sale of bridal and evening gowns by MODA members at a fraction of their original cost!

That should get the couples tripping down the aisles in style.

Aug 24 – Kenzo Autumn/Winter 2002 At Marrott Café

Right after the bridal fair fashion which ended around 3.30pm, the Marriott Café officially opened at 4pm. Puan Sri Rosalind Yeoh was seen bidding farewell to the Raja Perempuan of Kelantan before greeting the Raja Puan Muda of Perlis, daughter-in-law of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, who was a royal guest at the Kenzo show. Rosalind didn’t even have time to change her jewels, let alone her outfit.

Ida Lokman, Kenzo’s brand manager, fluttered around making sure her guests were seated and feted while brother Mahadzir Lokman did the emceeing. Ida’s teenage son was one of the models so it was quite a glamorous family.

Marriott Café offers classic English tea and heavily padded armchairs to rest one’s well-padded handbags and aching back after strenuous shopping. Judging by the murmurs of approval from the bejewelled Datins, it’s bound to be KL’s Next Big Thing.




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