"Championing Hong Kong designers is one of the most important pillars of Hong Kong Fashion Week (HKFW). This year Fashionally’ is presenting a two-part fashion show titled ‘Fashionally’ Collection #8’ and ‘Fashionally’ Collection #9,’ featuring Fall/Winter 2017 collections of 14 of the city’s most promising talents. Some of HK’s favourite designers will present captivating and inspired outfits on the catwalk, along with first-timers like Phenotypsetter, Yeung Chin, Kenson Tam, Winnie Witt and Ka Wa Key."
Championing Hong Kong designers is one of the most important pillars of Hong Kong Fashion Week (HKFW). This year Fashionally’ is presenting a two-part fashion show titled ‘Fashionally’ Collection #8’ and ‘Fashionally’ Collection #9,’ featuring Fall/Winter 2017 collections of 14 of the city’s most promising talents. Some of HK’s favourite designers will present captivating and inspired outfits on the catwalk, along with first-timers like Phenotypsetter, Yeung Chin, Kenson Tam, Winnie Witt and Ka Wa Key.
The first show Fashionally’ Collection #8 will focus on modern, updated women’s wear from design labels, including 112 mountainyam, Kevin Ho, FromClothingof, Lapeewee, Hang and Blind by JW. Contemporary reinterpretations of feminine aesthetics are lined up for ramp. The second show #9 showcases provocative and progressive designs that challenge the status quo from such design labels as Demo, Modement and Sherman Kwan. A look at some designers lined up for Fashionally’ Collection #8 and #9:
Mountain Yam: Kaleidoscopic Wonderland
He has a flair for mascu-feminine, psychedelic streetwear and isn’t afraid to experiment with graphic prints, which are evident in his latest collection, ‘Searching Self’. Expect deer-link motifs and a colourful burst of electric reds and blues with? The prints are offset by pieces in complete black to bring balance to the collection.
Shirley Wong: A liberation of beauty
Her latest collection ‘Beauty Undefined’ is based on the concept that women’s wear don’t have to be rigid and conform to a stereotypical feminine narrative. She wants to offer alternatives and choices for women who do not follow traditional standards.
Jane Ng: To the battlefront
Her collection, ‘Cloudy Swordsman,’ is a slight diversion from her usual aesthetic. Here she plays with volume and light, sheer materials that create an ethereal collection suited for those who want to take to the sky. A notable piece is her sleeved shirt styled with suspenders and a corset, and paired with a balloon skirt.
Kevin Ho: Surrealist drapery
His designs are typically recognisable by their distinct feminine cuts, silhouettes and patterns. For his latest collection, Suprematism, Ho returned to his roots with a display of contrasting fluid and structured elements using draping techniques against form-fitting cuts to create asymmetrical dresses made from different textures of wool, leather and silk. The result is a surreal and intriguing juxtaposition between structure and fluidity that’s bound to turn a few heads.
Yannes Wong & Stephanie Wong: Suited nomad
Lapeewee’s collections are all about taking a minimalistic approach to masculine, structured materials and treating it with feminine cuts and details. Their latest collection, ‘The Gypsy Wanderers,’ is no exception. The looks are reminiscent of Korean street-style and are for women who don’t want to be too girly.
Walter Kong & Jessica Lau: Blossoming winter
For A/W season, the duo has combined the lore of Sherlock Holmes with bold colours reminiscent of imperial China for a maximalist aesthetic. Blind by JW is all about going for more, and mixing various types of fabrics, textures, techniques and colours to create memorable statement pieces.
Mim Mak: Utilitarian construction
In her latest A/W17 collection, we can expect a stronger stance on utilitarian structure balanced by protruding, pleated details, along with striped and dotted embellishments inspired by the key pressure points of the human meridian. The colours of the pieces adhere to traditional earthy colours of olive and honey as well as stark black for easy, seasonal wear.
Aries Sin: Debonair gent
Modement typically adheres to a monochrome colour palette and juxtaposes fitted and loose pieces, which are also evident from her latest AW17 collection – ‘Concrete Jungle’. Here, Sin takes a romantic throwback to the 1950s, where men were fully layered in tailored suits with a matching vest, shirt and textured overcoat. To cope with the busy life and unrelenting concrete jungle of Hong Kong, Modement presents a strong silhouette with stark and serious colours.
Yeung Chin: Breaking the rules
Yeung’s designs are highlighted by a mixture of textures and unconventional choice of fabrics and use of trim. The geometric and sculptural elements to his designs are in full force in his latest collection. We can expect to see challenging proportions, asymmetrical silhouettes and bold, provocative outerwear.
Kenson Tam: Inner child
His collection is a continuation of his preppy, boyish narrative. You can expect dandy prints, a generous use of colour and mix of wool and knit textures. Tam’s designs are for men who aren’t afraid to show their inner child to the world.
Sherman Kwan: Femme fatale
She’s all about using black, black and more black in her clothing, oscillating between biker chic and utilitarian casual wear. For her upcoming collection, we can expect more dark and stark pieces with sharp cuts and a sleek silhouette.
Derek Chan: Schoolboy romance
For his latest collection, Chan continues a similar narrative to his brand. He’s showcasing his take on a 1950s prep school, giving a romantic twist to a prim and proper uniform. Expect to see bodysuits, breeches and tailored jackets with nostalgic schoolboy detailing.
Winnie Chen: Global domination
Chen’s brand reflects her edgy, global perspective in fashion and her latest collection, ‘Trinity’, focuses on three key philosophies that form her style foundation: geometry, space and body. Chen is a master in tailoring, which can be seen in her bold, architectural designs that offer a full-rounded, asymmetrical silhouette.
Key Chow: Redefining masculinity
It’s been a while since a designer has offered such a fresh outlook on menswear as Chow – filled with fairytale fantasy and using complex knit and lace fabrics to enhance the ‘twink’-like aesthetic he hopes to achieve.