Hong Kong Fashion Week, World Boutique Open Today
Fashion Shows and Seminars in Twin Fairs' Spotlight
16 January 2012 - Some 1,900 exhibitors from 25 countries and regions are taking part in the HKTDC Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter and HKTDC World Boutique, Hong Kong, which opened today and continue through 19 January at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Photo courtesy of HKTDC)
Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter, the largest event of its kind in Asia, and World Boutique, which marks its 10th anniversary this year, welcome more than 110 buying missions representing over 5,300 buyers from 43 countries and regions. New participants include Denmark, Jordan, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates.
Together, the fairs are staging 20 fashion shows, including signature events Fashion Extravaganza and the Hong Kong Young Designers Contest. There are also catwalk shows spothlighting such exhibitors as IKA, Modessa and Tatoo from Hong Kong, Group Pronuptia from France and the BD Somani Institute of Art and Fashion Technology from India.
The Knitwear Innovation & Design Society and the Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association present new collections from their members, while the International Fashion Designers' Show runs throughout the fair period.
Fashion Week highlights this year include three new product zones: Denim Arcade, Handbags Select and Salon of Scarves & Shawls.
The Hong Kong Fashion Extravaganza, a World Boutique highlight, took place this evening. It featured four internationally acclaimed designers: Hong Kong's Hidy Ng, London's Craig Lawrence, Paris' Risto Bimbiloski and Shanghai's Qi Gang. The first Asian face of Dior, Hong Kong supermodel Grace Yu, walked the catwalk for Hidy Ng's collection; other designs were modelled by Bonnie Chen, Mikki Yao, Ana R, Xiao Yi, Edelweiss Cheung, Emma Xie and Jia Jing.
The Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers Contest 2012, 17 January, will showcase a new generation of Hong Kong design talent, with Japanese designer Atsuro Tayama as VIP judge and Vincent Fang, Chairman of the HKTDC Garment Advisory Commitee, as chief judge. Model Janice Man will parade the finalists' designs on stage. The contest will honour winners for Casual & Jeans Wear, Contemporary Day Wear, and Party & Evening Wear, as well as the overall category. Winning designs will be on display at the Hall 1D Concourse during the fair.
Seminars and Shows
The twin fairs offer a full programme of seminars focusing on trend forecasting and design. Speakers include representatives of WGSN, Fashion Snoop, Peclers Paris, Women's Wear Daily and Stylesight. A seminar on Merino Wool will be presented by Australian Wool Innovation on 18 January.
About the HKTDC
A statuatory body established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 global offices, including 11 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, please visit: http://www.hktdc.com/