Premier Asian fashion event CENTRESTAGE recently wrapped up another successful show. During the three-day event, I was fortunate to participate in shows curated by FASHIONALLY.COM, which showcased the talents of local designers. The experience reminded me of my own fashion industry aspirations when I was a student.
In addition to shows organised by Fashionally.com, the Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest (YDC) is another principal event held during CENTRESTAGE to promote Hong Kong fashion labels and designers.
Here, I’m reporting as a photographer and fashion editor to discover some hair and makeup trends for you!
On September 9, the opening day of CENTRESTAGE, a show organised by FASHIONALLY.COM brought together several local fashion labels: ARTO., CAR|2IE, FromClothingOf, KEVIN HO, Lapeewee, REDEMPTIVE and WHY. These are the hair and makeup trends that I spotted on the catwalk and backstage.
| HAIR |
A casual style. Baby braids to frame the face while the rest of the hair is put in a ponytail. It’s playful yet very neat. From the front, it looks natural with some loose strands while the clean ponytail goes well with the clear, nude makeup.
Comb the hair back neatly on both sides and crimp long hair into mini curls. From the front it looks neat and not too fluffy. The crimped style really stands out and gives the entire look more personality.
| MAKEUP |
The nude look
A clean face that doesn’t emphasise the eyes. NARS St Paul de Vence double eyeshadow gives the eyes a gentle sparkle. NARS Laguna bronzer on the cheeks sculpts the face and adds a 3D look.
The evening of September 11 was the long-awaited final of YDC 2022. After months of hard work, the contestants were backstage making final preparations for the show. Clothes, makeup and hair all had to be perfect.
| HAIR |
The wet look
Slick wet hair gives off a clean, fresh feel. Hair is combed back for a neat finish to put emphasis on the clothes. Simple yet stylish.
For WHIMSICAL, the model’s hair was braided with yarns in fluorescent green, orange and pink to achieve an eye-catching, playful look that matched perfectly with the outfits.
| MAKEUP |
A matte eyeshadow in tangerine layered with a silver sheen so that it shimmers under the spotlight. It echoes with the surreal, 3D-printed outfits of EXHAUSTING A CROWD.
Both RENOUNCE ONE and SHADOW BEHIND opted for almost no makeup on their male models, with natural eyebrows and eyes. It gave a neat, clean appearance.
The male models of AN UNQUIET MIND sported brick red smoky eyes instead of the usual black and grey for an ultra-modern look.
Freckles have become a makeup trend in recent years, especially when you want to create the girl next door look. The slight uptick at the end of the eyeline gives off an energetic, playful vibe.
This season, we see a revival of Y2K, with many bold, retro and novel elements appearing at CENTRESTAGE. The finalists of YDC, on the other hand, created some truly original works. The use of bright colours, exaggerated forms and surreal elements were an attempt to wipe away the doom and gloom of the pandemic.
After spending time with Hong Kong designers during the past week, I’m glad to see that the recent revival of local pop culture has spilled over to fashion, with more and more singers and stars willing to support local design. Hong Kong has never been short of fashion talent so this is a very encouraging development. It’s my hope that all local fashion designers can continue to create exciting works for Hong Kong and beyond!
Beauty Editor : Allison Cheung