The Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest (YDC)
2018 came to a spectacular close on 8 September, in a celebration of youthful talent, diversity and alternative visions.
Led by VIP judge designer Martine Rose
, who flew in from the UK for the event, the panel of judges – comprised of renowned industry personalities – had a difficult decision to make, given the level of talent on display. Out of 16 finalists, four winners were eventually chosen to receive five awards, but the experience itself was rewarding for all.
The finalists presented drastically different aesthetics and design visions, with youthful fearlessness the only common thread. There were plenty of experimentations on fabrics, deconstructive cutting and sewing and knitting techniques, resulting in 16 collections difficult to typecast.
‘Wandervögel’ - Leo Chan, Champion
Champion: Leo Chan
Chan’s menswear collection aims to revive the spirit of the German movement ‘Wandervögel’, which embraces nature and freedom as an antidote to hectic city life. The black and green colour scheme reflects the great outdoors, nature and the unknown. His outerwear really stole the show, with stylish looks for day trips and excursions.
Chan’s focus on functional techwear led him to create a jacket that doubles as a one-man tent in his collection. The use of checkered flannel shirts for an outdoor ensemble is an unexpected stylish touch that adds to the versatility of the collection.
As champion, Chan won an internship with Martine Rose, an internationally renowned UK menswear brand.