Three leading Hong Kong fashion designers showcased their FW18 collections on the NYFW: The Shows runway in collaboration with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council Fashion Hong Kong at noon on February 10, 2018.
The venue, Industria, overflowed with hundreds fashionable guests anxiously awaiting the dim of the lights and the kickoff of Fashion Hong Kong’s FW18 runway show. Harrison Wong, Annette Chan of Anveglosa, and Lary Cheung and Yi Chan of Heaven Please+ worked vigorously backstage on last minute touch ups of their collections eager to present unique Hong Kong style and craftsmanship to the US fashion industry. Camera lenses and phones lifted up simultaneously as intense beats engulfed the space and the first model stepped foot onto the catwalk.
For his Fall Winter collection, Harrison Wong turned to Mark Rothko, the mid-20th Century abstract expressionist whose powerful paintings are comprised of blurred blocks of vibrant colors with blacks and greys, for inspiration.
Wong crafted fields of gradient tones as prints and patterns to complement and magnify the lines of his fitted overcoats and oversized sweatshirts. His menswear and womenswear creations were layered in unique fashions by altering sizes, vests, and pops of electric blue and orange hues.
Sharp cutouts and puffer materials contrasted the soft ambience of Wong’s tonal, gradient knitwear. By adding a sportswear element to his signature modern classic style, Harrison Wong created stunning looks with a wearable, immediate appeal.
Anveglosa‘s collection was inspired by the idea that every woman should have the chance to explore her creativity. Designer, Annette Chan’s signature leather pieces exuded both sophistication and elegance. Parisian flair permeated the collection through both music choice and accessories like berets.
Black, burgundy, and white were the dominant colors on display symbolizing the habiliments, ornaments, and performers which echoed the underlying theatrical art theme. Intricate weaved leather layers and grommets added additional design elements that were unexpected, but flawlessly executed.
This collection highlighted the application of non-traditional material combinations in compelling layers to extenuate the female figure. Feminine, sophisticated aura instantly took over the room as the models strutted the runway in tea-length leather coats and suiting pieces.
Not only did the collection represent the dazzling tableau in a theatre, but also the creativity and astonishing performance that takes place on stage.
Heaven Please+‘s collection incorporated the ideas from the novel “Wrong Number” by Liu Yichang into fashion and showcased a re-mix of 50’s US style with Hong Kong high-fashion style.
Over the top Hong Kong streetstyle elements like flashy prints and bold color combinations provided an unpredictable twist when paired with retro American style like classic leather gloves and dainty socks. Oversized ruffles and tulle straps added eye-catching pops to the already voluminous silhouettes presented by designers, Lary Cheung and Yi Chan.
Bold, primary colored earrings and trendy sneakers accessorized the bright, artistic, pop art-like women’s ready to wear ensembles. Materials with sheen, furry cow print, and wordy logos were seamlessly crafted into a cohesive, yet showy statement-making collection.
Notable attendees included recording artist Rydel Lynch, TLC Trading Spaces’ Genevieve Gorder, Real Housewife of Atlanta Phaedra Parks, Real Housewife of Potomac Gizelle Bryant, Masika Kalysha of Love and HipHop LA, Spanish Mulian of WeTv’s Growing Up HopHop, Grammy nominated recording artist LeA Robinson, Broadway Star Ariana Debose, rapper Russian Roulette, Vallory Lomas of ABC’s Great American Baking Show, actress Annie Q, on-air personality Dr. Christopher Metzler, and YouTube sensation Sasha Anne.
To further promote Hong Kong fashion brands and encourage exchange between Hong Kong designers and overseas buyers, the HKTDC has launched the Fashion Hong Kong Showroom at Showroom Seven from February 7th to 20th to coincide with their runway presentation. In addition to the three RTW designer labels, 13 other budding Hong Kong fashion brands: a o g p, BIG HORN, Ejj Jewellery, FAVEbyKennyLi, FREQUENT FLYER, Heritage ReFashioned, LAByrinth, L’impression du temps, LOOM LOOP, MASE, NICI HARMONIC, niin and SHOKAY, are being showcased.
Fashion Hong Kong has partnered with Klook, a Hong Kong travel start-up, to introduce Hong Kong’s unique fashion design to lifestyle travelers worldwide. Fashion Hong Kong has also collaborated with local digital start-up, VirtualCyte, to produce the first 360-degree video production on Hong Kong designers at New York Fashion Week. In addition, FashionWeekOnline.com has launched a Hong Kong section to promote emerging Hong Kong fashion designers and HKTDC fashion events.
Photos: IMAXTREE for Fashion Hong Kong – New York Fashion Week: The Shows