With Hong Kong’s CENTRESTAGE ELITES and Norway’s Fashion Week, Hong Kong has been in the international spotlight of fashion. Designers from around the world will be showcasing their collections for the first time at the CENTRESTAGE ELITES fashion show. Here’s a look at a few of the highlights from the fashion week. And if you’re wondering about how you can participate in the event, there are several ways you can do so.
Centrestage Elites, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, is Asia’s biggest fashion event, showcasing over 200 international brands and promoting designer collections from around the world. The event featured a renowned bartender team from Y Cocktail & Mocktail, who served over 700 guests and were a hit among fashionistas. For a more immersive experience, CENTRESTAGE will include extended reality (XR) effects.
CENTRESTAGE ELITES will feature Hong Kong fashion brand FFIXXED STUDIOS, founded by Fiona Lau and Kain Picken. Juun.J is a Korean design master whose runway show was made possible with the help of JOYCE, a leading fashion retailer in Hong Kong. A special collection of Juun.J dresses will be showcased during the event.
In addition to Hong Kong designers, the event will feature two acclaimed local brands: Mooyeol Lee from Seoul and Ting Hua from Beijing. Lee majored in fashion design at the Samsung Art and Design Institute, where he launched his own label. Youser will debut at Milan Fashion Week in spring/summer 2020, and won multiple industry awards. In addition to being a Best Designer, Lee has been honoured by the Council of Fashion Designers of Korea (CFDK).
CENTRESTAGE 2021 will have a central theme of “Chapter Infinity”, which encourages the exploration of opportunities in the fashion industry. The show will feature three thematic zones: ALLURE, the ICONIC, and the METRO. The ALLURE zone showcases the craftsmanship of fashion, while the ICONIC zone showcases avant-garde designs. METRO is a contemporary minimalist expression of urban life. Over 200 global brands and Hong Kong-based fashion labels will be exhibited at the event.
Hong Kong’s Premier Fashion Event
The sixth CENTRESTAGE, Hong Kong’s premier fashion event, took place in September. The theme of the sixth edition was “Chapter Infinity”. Inspired by the pandemic, it challenged designers to look at design inspiration from a different angle. The event also explored the countless opportunities that lie ahead. Here are some highlights from the sixth edition of Hong Kong’s premier fashion event. Read on to find out more.
HKTDC’s Hong Kong Fashion Week is a two-day event that brings together more than 200 global brands with a variety of products, services and design ideas. The show includes runway shows, exhibitions and seminars. Visitors will be able to browse through an array of products, from bridal wear to intimate wear. There is also a special area for children’s wear. Whether you’re a fashion connoisseur or just want to see the latest styles, the HKTDC Hong Kong Fashion Week is the event for you.
CENTRESTAGE 2021 aims to showcase Hong Kong’s fashion industry. Last year, the event featured a virtual runway show to showcase Hong Kong designers to the world. This year, the event will take place in its physical form at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from September 10 to 11. It will feature more than 200 brands from across the globe. CENTRESTAGE will feature three thematic zones: craftsmanship, avant-garde designs and contemporary minimalistic expressions. The show will be open to the public for the entire duration of the event.
The CIFF showcases the latest trends and creations from the world’s leading designers. It also features over 2,000 international labels, including Hong Kong-based brands. In addition to the runway shows, the CIFF also hosts a number of exclusive events, including a make-up demonstration by NARS and a session with renowned fashionista Rikko Lee and local designers from local and global fashion houses.
Norway’s Fashion Week
Ten years ago, Oslo Fashion Week was started by Pal Vasbotten with the intention of establishing a common venue for Norwegian designers to show their collections. However, the number of participants decreased as criticism from the press and international competition increased. The event’s sponsorship ended, and after a decade of dedication, it was cancelled. Organizers cite lack of quality, collaboration, and participation as the reasons for the cancellation.
Some designers, meanwhile, criticized the Norwegian fashion week for putting celebrities over designers. Many designers were disappointed that celebrities and the media dominated the show. The Norwegian Cosmopolitan editor, for example, wrote a critical article about Pia Haraldsen’s dramatic presentation. Other designers also criticized OFW’s focus on celebrities, which led to a lack of creative control and a strained relationship between fashion and celebrity.
Copenhagen Fashion Week aimed to change that. This year’s edition featured Norwegian designers from all over the world. Alumnus Cecilie Bahnsen was the star of the show, which attracted a crowd of 5,000 fashion-conscious locals. The Danish fashion week, however, was anything but minimalist. Showgoers were adorned with Puka shells on their anklets, belts, necklaces, and bracelets, as well as colorful printed dresses.
Copenhagen Fashion Week recently celebrated a partnership with Sweden’s Swedish Fashion Council, a program aimed at nurturing young talent. The program featured a number of designers, including the critically acclaimed Jade Cropper, whose grungy glamour is celebrated through dangerously high slits, vintage-style denim, and fierce leather looks. It was also the first time the Copenhagen Fashion Week was endorsed by the Swedish fashion council.
Designers from Around the World
The International spotlight of fashion showcases talented international designers and is held annually in London, the U.S., and Japan. Its goal is to provide a global platform for men’s and women’s fashion designers. This event features designers from different countries and cultures, including Asian, Latin, European, and American designers. This event is unique and showcases the work of both established and emerging designers. Here are some examples of some of the international talents that can be found in the spotlight.
Charles de Vilmorin, from France, studied at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture in Paris and became creative director of Rochas within two years. He bears striking similarities to a young Yves Saint Laurent and shares the designer’s penchant for sketching. Charles also shares Saint Laurent’s taste for vibrant color and is a frequent collaborator of Tim Burton.
Peter Do’s debut show at New York Fashion Week is scheduled for next month. The designer has been working on his brand for three years and is confident enough to debut a new collection. His ready-to-wear and shoes have been compared to those of Helmut Lang, Martin Margiela, and Rick Owens, and are produced in the same factory that produces extreme footwear by Rick Owens. The team is organized like a collective rather than typical fashion industry processes.
A growing trend in China’s fashion scene is Chinese designer Xu Zhi. This Central Saint Martins graduate has won the Hu Fashion Forward Prize, a prize honoring the country’s most promising new talent. He has already gained attention in the fashion world with his minimalist take on traditional Chinese dress codes. His elegant and relaxed tailoring, sleeveless skirts, and mellow color palettes have earned him international recognition.
Global fashion has rediscovered its footing in recent years, as companies have adjusted to shifting consumer needs and priorities. Digital technology and other disruptive factors are creating new nexus points for growth. Nevertheless, the global fashion industry faces considerable challenges. Supply-chain disruption, patchy demand, and persistent pressure on the bottom line are among the major challenges the industry faces. Despite the recent uptick in growth, most companies in the sector still struggle to turn a profit. In the year ahead, growth is likely to be a top priority for global fashion companies.
A recent coronavirus presents an opportunity for the fashion industry to re-evaluate the values by which it measures its actions. After the immediate crisis subsides, themes such as digital acceleration, industry consolidation, and corporate innovation will come to the forefront. In the meantime, industry leaders will need to become comfortable with uncertainty and ramp up future-proofing efforts. In the meantime, global fashion executives must remain vigilant and anticipate what comes next.
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