Need to Know: 5 Best Shows of HKTDC CENTRESTAGE
Hong Kong Fashion Week has come to a close and while it's difficult to compare one designer to another ( with fashion being so subjective and all), there are certain collections that definitely stood out. Whether it was the jiving dancer who closed the show or the genius use of colours, these are the five collections that gave us a lasting impression and we can't wait to see what these talented designers do next.
We’ve said it once but we’ll say it again—Juun.J is the master of inventive shirting and the collection he showcased at his debut show in Hong Kong was no exception. Sending models down the runway in shirts of every shape, size and length, the collection made a statement on gender-fluid dressing and modern simplicity.
The Hong Kong designers gave us a lesson on how to rock a fanny pack while serving up some seriously creative ways to wear neon orange fishnet while still looking chic. After all, deconstruction and layering in unique fabrics are what the duo does best.
Reminiscent of Alexander McQueen’s bold stitching, Hong Kong menswear designer Necro Poon’s models wore street-inspired blazers and graffitied jackets in his new collection entitled “Gangster Club.” Celebrating a rebellious attitude, the collection rebels against conventions with its creative use of frayed belts and hanging ropes.
Ka Wa Key
Ka Wa Key Chow and Jarno Leppanen, designers of Ka Wa Key, stood out from the bunch when their models walked the runway in socks with their faces fully wrapped up à la Maison Margiela. Layering sheer cotton fabrics from head to toe, their ethereal collection stayed true to the pastel palette while exploring a new kind of pared-down masculinity.
The Best New Talent award recipient and champion of this year’s Young Fashion Designer’s Contest, Arto Wong blew away the competition with her sculptural, feminine dresses in bright indigo and strategic splashes of red. Few designers were brave enough to experiment with colour but the young talent struck a perfect balance between dramatic ruffles and bold hues, ultimately winning her top prize for the night.