The 46th edition of Hong Kong Fashion Week for Autumn/Winter and the concurrent World Boutique, Hong Kong, now in its 13th year, attracted over 38,000 buyers from 87 countries and regions. The twin events were organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The special show Hong Kong Fashion Extravaganza, sponsored by Audi Hong Kong, featured local and international designers such as Hong Kong designers Eri and Philip Chu, Swedish designer Lars Wallin, Loris Diran from New York, and Wang Yutao from Beijing. The two fairs hosted 1,800 exhibitors from some 27 countries and regions this year welcomed new participants from the Netherlands, Greece, South Africa, Finland, Nepal, New Zealand as well as group pavilions from Japan, Taiwan and Indonesia.
Among the events are the winning collections of the Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest 2015, organised by the HKTDC.
The 16 finalists presented their design creations on stage at the HKCEC, competing for four award categories: Contemporary Day-wear Group, Party & Evening-wear Group, Best Accessories Design Award and Overall Winner. The VIP Judge was H&M Creative Advisor Margareta van den Bosch of Sweden.
The contest has a great importance for the emerging designer participant of the competition also because 10 recent winners of the contest, who have started their own labels, will participate in Fashion Week and World Boutique, Hong Kong. A great opportunity for all of them.
The overall winner of the award was Michelle Yeung whose says her collection: “Inside the Caves”, was inspired by the Met Museum of Art in New York. Her prize includes a cash prize of HK$35,000 and a one month study trip to Sweden’s fashion institute and visit to H&M’s headquarters in Sweden.
Ms Yeung said her winning design was inspired by a trip to the United States, during which she saw rocks of different shapes and colours while visiting a museum. Her pieces take reference from often overlooked beauty found in nature and, in particular, the interiors of caves. Her show-stopping cocktail dress (last picture above) featured hundreds of hand-stitched beads densely placed to appear like a cascade of crystallised rock, an effect that took the designer a year to achieve.
“Every designer dreams to have their own brand in their lifetime. If opportunity allows, I wish to establish my own brand,”
Kevin Ho won the Party & Evening-Wear Group with his collection: “The Crossing”. A series of interlocking, geometric designs inspired by abstract paintings, and pieced together in contrasting colours, creating a bondage element further enhanced with a body-con silhouette.
His prize is HK$20,000 and a Scholarship for a Young Designer’s Course at the Saga International Design Centre in Demark including airfare and accommodation sponsored by Saga Furs OYJ.
Necro Poon won the Contemporary Day-Wear Group with his collection: “Self-Salvation Oath”
A collection based on an idea of protest and suppression, pieces appear as one thing and act like another. Smart button-down shirts are crafted from fabrics more usually reserved for tracksuits, and are paired with funky knit sweaters and slim-fit pants.
He took home a cash prize of HK$20,000 and a one-month internship at Aquascutum London sponsored by YGM Trading Ltd.
Tsang Fan-yu’s collection “YON” won the new Best Accessories Design Award, added this year under the sponsorship of I.T Ltd to recognise excellence in the design of footwear and accessories.
The winning footwear design is a pair of Japanese sandals infused with a sporty element which the designer referenced from the traditional Japanese philosophy Wabi-sabi.
He won a cash Prize of HK$10,000 and is given a limited edition sale of his winning collection at selected shops under I.T ltd. group
The judging panel included industry experts, media representatives and local and overseas designers. H&M Creative Advisor Margareta van den Bosch was the VIP judge. Shirley Chan, Chairman, HKTDC Garment Advisory Committee, was Chief Judge. Joining them were Gaku Mizoguchi, representative of Parco Co Ltd in Japan; local designer Lu Lu Cheung; Deborah Cheng, Vice President, Marketing & International Business, I.T Ltd; fashion stylist and image consultant Grace Lam and Gloria Lam, Editor-in-Chief of Elle Magazine.
Creativity and originality, market potential, workmanship, use of fabrics and overall visual appeal were the main judging criteria. A new Best Accessories Design Award is added this year under the sponsorship of I.T Ltd to recognise excellence in the design of footwear and accessories.
Ms van den Bosch praised the overall performance and said she could see a lot of talent displayed in the design for each of the groups. She added that design is all about working as a team and advised young designers to collaborate with more people and accumulate more practical experience.
Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest has discovered many talented designers over the years, including Seth Yeung, Matt Hui and Nelson Leung, who showcased their new fashion pieces after the competition.