Asia’s fashion event of the season has come to a close. And while many fashionistas now look to London, Paris and Milan for their sartorial-inspiration, we’re still reminiscing over this year’s incredible Centrestage Event. (Don’t forget, ticketholders can still enjoy tons of perks in Lan Kwai Fong throughout September, find all the details here.)
Watch the Centrestage 2018 video here
The four-day fashion extravaganza, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, brought 230 brands from across 22 countries together and introduced them to over 8,700 buyers from 80 countries. It was, without a doubt, the biggest Centrestage event yet and further established Hong Kong as Asia’s fashion capital.
The theme this year was “Tomorrow Lab”, and designers from around the globe focused on debuting their freshest, most futuristic looks. Check out some of our favourite below.
Leo Chan, “Wandervögel”
Leo Chan’s futuristic design earned him top place at this year’s Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest. His Wandervögel collection aims to revive the spirit of the German Wandervögel movement, which celebrates nature and freedom. The muted black and green colour scheme was symbolic of nature and the unknown. With a personal focus on functional techwear, Chan created a special jacket for the collection that also doubles as a one-person tent.
Yip Yeung-Yeung, “Modificism”
The first runner-up at the Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest, we love Yip’s bright and outlandish designs. She mixes colours and shapes to create Frankenstein-like looks that force you to consider the effects of genetic modification. With her avant-garde imagination, she creates bizarre pieces like a cape that’s really a single sleeve attached to a sweater, designed to be worn upside down. Equal parts thought-provoking and playful, we can’t wait to see what’s next.
The Japanese brand is all about freedom, expression and playful representation of Tokyo’s street culture. They’re known for bold colours, gender-bending designs and a more-is-more philosophy. They brought their best to Centrestage this year. The whole collection was stunning, but we especially love this bright and bold number that’s edgy, fearless and perfectly Facetasm.
We can’t get over the bold, colourful designs that Idism brought to Centrestage 2018. As bright as the neon lights of Mong Kok, each look that came down the runway was stronger than the next. We are obsessed with this neon number, which is equally at home at a garden party or on a super hero. Who says fashion can’t do both?
Ms Min’s 2019 collection was anything but dainty. The house is known for abstract looks that defy gender norms and tradition. Drawing inspiration from around the world, China-based designer Min Liu looks to culture, history and the arts to inform her week. Lush Chinoiserie, bespoke embellishments and bold prints set her work apart from the rest. And we can’t get enough of this bold blue fringed look, accessorised with a simple blue trainer. Simply perfection.
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