HONG KONG, Sept 9, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – CENTRESTAGE, Asia’s premier fashion event organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and sponsored by Create Hong Kongof the federal government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Numerous renowned and emerging fashion brands from Hong Kong and overseas are presenting their spring/summer 2023 collections through the three-day event, that is available to industry participants and everyone cost-free. Visitors get the chance to browse and look for the most recent designs from all over the world, with some brands offering exclusive discounts.
Three thematic areas support brands’ business expansion
Entering its seventh year, CENTRESTAGE has adopted “Inclusion and Diversity” as its theme in 2022, highlighting individuality and self-expression. The function is playing host to a lot more than 240 brands from 15 countries and regions, including newly participating brands from Hong Kong such as for example 30menu, athenaeum(m.), Kowloon City Boy, Louise Castle, Natacha Van, PSY LAU, THE LIFE SPAN Etc. and VO-YAGE. Exhibitors from other countries and regions include Koradior (Mainland China), C/W COLLECTIVE (Macao), HARIO Lampwork Factory (Japan), Stevie Crowne (UK), CEANNIS (Sweden), Dal Duca (Italy), Thierry Rabotin (Italy) and much more. Three thematic zones include a broad spectral range of styles and designs: METRO presents the leisure areas of urban life; ICONIC represents modern, chic and avant-garde design; and ALLURE showcases the elegance and refinement of design excellence and craftsmanship. Visitors are absolve to explore and shop in this comprehensive one-stop fashion arcade.
The HKTDC has proactively engaged local and overseas fashion buyers to aid CENTRESTAGE exhibitors in expanding their businesses. Local buyers such as for example Lane Crawford, Joyce, Next Sourcing, Palmers and online fashion store Farfetch have a physical presence at the function. In addition, web business meetings have already been arranged to complement exhibitors with fashion buyers from the mainland and overseas, including industry heavyweights Signe Du Temps from France, A PEBBLE by LABELHOOD from the mainland, Harry & Co from Korea, and NM International from Thailand.
Various fashion brands unveil their latest designs
A number of fashion shows are increasingly being held through the fair period, with the spotlight opening gala show, CENTRESTAGE ELITES, occurring tonite. The opening ceremony will undoubtedly be officiated by Paul Chan, Financial Secretary of the HKSAR. Immediately afterwards, DEMO, the Hong Kong label co-founded by Derek Chan and Mite Chan, will undoubtedly be joined by Children of the discordance, established by Japanese designer Hideaki Shikama, to provide their spring/summer 2023 collections. The runway show marks the debut fashion presentation in Hong Kong for Mr Shikama, who’s renowned for deconstructing and repurposing old fabrics into refined patchwork pieces. Louise Wong, winner of the Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer, will undoubtedly be guest model at the function, strutting down the runway within an outfit from DEMO’s latest collection.
Following CENTRESTAGE ELITES, the style Hong Kong Runway Show will operate on the “Sustainable Fashion” theme, featuring six local designers which have participated in a variety of international fashion weeks, including 112 mountainyam (by Mountain Yam), ANGUS TSUI (by Angus Tsui), Bettie Haute Couture (by Bettie Jiang), BLIND by JW (by Jessica Lau & Walter Kong), SUN=SEN (by Sun Lam), and V VISSI (by Vickie Au). These designers have collaborated with Hong Kong textile enterprise Novetex Textiles Limited by create environmentally-friendly Spring/Summer 2023 collections using upcycled fabrics created from The Billie System, a waterless textile recycling system developed locally. Through the fair period, Fashion Hong Kong Studio (Booth number 1C-C07) will collect and upcycle unwanted white 100% cotton T-shirts or polo shirts from visitors. The initial 100 donors will get a limited-edition souvenir created from upcycled materials.
Serving as a platform to market local design talents, FASHIONALLY Collection #19 includes a amount of Hong Kong brands, including ARTO., CAR|2IE, FromClothingof, KEVIN HO, Lapeewee, REDEMPTIVE and just why. Another three FASHIONALLY presentations are increasingly being held on 9 and 10 September, giving the chance to three emerging local fashion brands – Wilsonkaki and first-time exhibitors Kowloon City Boy and VO-YAGE – to showcase their latest collections.
Another initiative to find the style stars into the future may be the Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest (YDC) 2022, the ultimate will undoubtedly be held on the evening of 11 September. VIP judge Hideaki Shikama will join the judging panel to choose the winners of four honours, namely Overall Champion, the Excellence Award, the very best Visual Presentation Award and the “My Favourite Collection Award”, out of 10 shortlisted entrants. Members of the general public can vote because of their favourite designs on the FASHIONALLY website before midnight tomorrow (10 September) to stand the opportunity of winning among seven HK$2,000 Lee Gardens Area e-gift coupons sponsored by Hysan Development.
Go through the application of technology in the style industry
Along with numerous fashion shows, this year’s CENTRESTAGE is staging various seminars and sharing sessions. Earlier today (9 September), representatives from AiDLab, an artificial intelligence design institute, and Code-Create Limited shared their insights in to the application of artificial intelligence in the style industry. In another session, representatives from Virtual Touch, a 3D visual effects animation firm, and Mirum, among the world’s largest digital providers, can look into topics like the metaverse and sustainability in the style industry.
This year’s CENTRESTAGE venue has integrated cyber and metaverse elements into its design and includes a host of interactive virtual experiences. Visitors can make their very own avatar and connect to others in the CENTREVERSE, in addition to enjoying an augmented reality fashion try-on. To help expand enrich visitors experience, workshops on making eco-friendly scented pouches and the co-creation of large-scale artworks may also be on offer, as the CENTRESTAGE X Watch & Clock lucky draw will need place on the weekend (10 and 11 September).
*Disclaimer: THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and will not otherwise be a part of the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organisers only and don’t reflect the views of the federal government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.
– CENTRESTAGE : https://www.centrestage.com.hk
– CENTRESTAGE visitor pre-registration: https://bit.ly/3QNzd7M
– Fashion Hong Kong: https://www.fashionhongkong.com.hk/en
– Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest (YDC): https://www.fashionally.com/en
– CENTRESTAGE around: https://centrestage.hktdc.com/home/highlights/centrestage-in-town/
– Photo download: https://bit.ly/3B4RM10
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is really a statutory body established in 1966 to market, assist and develop Hong Kong’s trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to generate work at home opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via research reports and digital news channels. To find out more, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn
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