YDC2016 Winners Announced
The Champion granted internship opportunity at FACETASM
HOMEHIGHLIGHT ▸ YDC2016 Winners Announced
The Champion granted internship opportunity at FACETASM
YDC2016 Winners Announced The Champion granted internship opportunity at FACETASM
The Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest 2016 awards ceremony took place on 10 Sep, with Kenneth Cheung named Champion. He received a cash prize and a one-month internship programme at international fashion brand FACETASM in Japan. The winners are:

Champion: Kenneth Cheung “No Country for Old Man” 
First Runner-up: Lee Tak-shing “Addendum”
Second Runner-up and Best Footwear & Accessories Design Award: Gim Wong “Backpacker”

The winning collections will be displayed at HMV’s flagship store at Causeway Bay from 12 to 25 September.

Kenneth Cheung, the champion of the YDC, was overwhelmed by the result, and expressed heartfelt gratitude to his colleagues, mentor and company for their guidance and support. When asked about the essence of his design, Mr Cheung explained, “I have intentionally incorporated military elements into my design by adding electric red embroidery to create a contrast to the muted palette of green, dark blue and brown hues, leaving a strong impression on the judging panel.”

Designer Gim Wong was awarded the second runner-up and the Best Footwear & Accessories Design Award in the YDC. She was surprised by the result as it was only her second time participating in a fashion competition. Showing strong enthusiasm for fashion design, Ms Wong aspires to pursue her career in the industry. She also encouraged young fashion talent to join the YDC, which is one of the most prominent competitions in the industry, to gain more hands-on experience.

International Panel
YDC 2016 invited Hiromichi Ochiai, designer for hot Japanese fashion label FACETASM, to be the VIP judge. This year, Mr Ochiai became the first Japanese designer to reach an LVMH Prize final. Mr Ochiai praised the overall performance of YDC designers and said that all fabrics used in the competition were exceptional. He said he saw a lot of effort on display and added that the YDC champion had balanced both creativity and marketability into his design.

Apart from VIP judge Hiromichi Ochiai, other senior industry and media representatives joined the judging panel. Lawrence Leung, Chairman of HKTDC Garment Advisory Committee, was the Chief Judge. Other judges included Federico Tan, Director, social/capital; Bonnie Lam, Vice President, YOHO! Media Division; Reeds Yau, Director, Creative & Visual Merchandising, ImagineX Group; Jonathan Lee, Senior Buyer, Shine Trading (HK) Ltd; and Virginia Chan, Head of Footwear, i.t apparels Ltd. The judges selected the best works based on creativity and originality, market potential, workmanship, use of fabrics and overall visual appeal.

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