What’s more exhilarating than kicking off CENTRESTAGE with FASHIONALLY Collection #10, a fashion show where 10 of Hong Kong’s most promising designers showcased their Spring/Summer 2018 collections and demonstrated how they have transformed from fledgling designers to shining entrepreneurs with their own fashion labels over the years.
HANG raised the curtain with a collection geared toward naturalism boasting designer Mim Mak’s deliberate use of unpolluted greige fabric and exquisite knotting and weaving techniques for embellishments. DEMO. then invited the audience to appreciate the archaic beauty of Japanese Oiran, which designer Derek Chan appropriated to introduce sumptuous brocade and elegant silhouettes of the courtesans’ traditional costumes into his menswear design. Following DEMO., Kurt Ho’s collection revolved around the theme of sublimation, transcending his signature designs through an innovative exploration of avant-garde forms and possibilities.
Once again, Shirley Wong of FromClothingOf endeavoured to subvert the stereotypical narrative of femininity by giving an androgynous undertone to her streamlined and monochromatic designs, while KENSON challenged the notion of masculinity by juxtaposing tailored gingham pants with fluorescent pink jackets in his menswear pieces. Coming after KENSON, NECRO POON came out with a kick-ass collection featuring bulky pieces emblazoned with string and graphic details inspired by underground figures such as graffiti artists and rooftoppers.
Lapeewee’s collection smacked of a young girl’s innocence epitomized by designer Yannes Wong’s baby-doll cuttings, girdle details and use of translucent materials, which was also spotted in Ka Wa Key’s menswear collection. Designer Key Chow and Jarno Leppanen stuck with their idiosyncratic approach, infusing fairytale fantasy into the sometimes staid men’s scene. Following Ka Wa Key, NELSONBLACKLE came out with a playful and whimsical collection in which he experimented with denim and a variety of finishing techniques like frayed hem. The show completed with KEVIN HO’s womenswear collection featuring a sequence of fashion forward looks with a tribal edge, touched up by his draping techniques and colour contrast.