Young Fashion Designers’ Contest 2022 winners revealed
Talent of 10 young HK designers shines at fashion show
14 September 2022 – Asia’s leading fashion event CENTRESTAGE, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), concluded on 11 September with the 2022 Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest (YDC). Ten promising local designers showcased their creations at an eye-catching fashion show with celebrities Will Or, Siuyea Lo and JB showing up as special guests to add to the celebratory atmosphere. Following the catwalk parade, a judging panel of industry professionals picked out three winners for the four YDC awards. Champion Vicky Tsang received a monetary reward together with a one-month overseas internship sponsored by Fang Brothers Knitting Ltd.
The winners at YDC 2022 are as follows:
Champion: Vicky Tsang; Design: “EXHAUSTING A CROWD”
Excellence Award: Lorraine Tam; Design: “I AM NOT INFECTED
Best Visual Presentation Award: Lorraine Tam; Design: “I AM NOT INFECTED”
My Favourite Collection Award: Justine Wan; Design: “AN UNQUIET MIND”
Champion Vicky Tsang said her collection, “EXHAUSTING A CROWD”, used 3D prints to illustrate a surrealist aesthetic. “I am very surprised and happy to be named Champion! Even though there were a lot of setbacks during the whole design process, I came to the show today with equanimity. Thank you to all the staff who provided their support over the past two months,” Ms Tsang said after receiving the award.
Judges offer valuable feedback to YDC participantsThe judging panel for this year’s YDC was made up of an impressive roster of fashion experts and media pundits. Chief Judge was Katherine Fang, Chairman of the HKTDC Garment Advisory Committee. The other judges on the panel were Ahy Choi, Senior Deputy Editorial Director of VOGUE Hong Kong; Jonathan Lee, Wholesale Director, APAC of Ryodan Showroom; Jimmy Chan, Head of Account Manager, APAC of Farfetch; Constance Lee, ConStyle Limited Director and Fashion Stylist; and Joe Li, Creative Director, Circularity Ambassador.
Hideaki Shikama, designer of the acclaimed Japanese fashion label Children of the discordance, was invited as VIP judge. Although he was not able to travel to Hong Kong to participate in the show, he shared a message via video, saying: “Each designer’s collection has its own uniqueness, and I was surprised at the perfection shown in the actual samples. I was so stimulated by all of your collections. Thank you so much.”
Winning collections photo download here
Designer: Vicky Tsang
Design: “EXHAUSTING A CROWD”
3D printing technology is a field rarely explored by designers. Not only is the production cycle long, but it is also difficult to make. Fortunately, the final visual effect is very special with a glitch art style.
Award presenter: Katherine Fang, Chairlady of the HKTDC Garment Advisory Committee
|Excellence Award and Best Visual Presentation Award
Designer: Lorraine Tam
Design: “I AM NOT INFECTED”
The collection is full of colours, especially the infrared sweatshirt and the “lung”-shaped crossbody bag. The “lung bag” also plays tribute to the popular mini bag trend.
Award presenter (left): Jonathan Lee, APAC Wholesale Director, Ryodan Showroom
Award presenter (right): Ray Leung, Managing Director of BMW Concessionaires HKExcellence
|My Favourite Collection Award
Designer: Justine Wan
Design: “AN UNQUIET MIND”
The collection is simple yet unique with the silhouette and patterns originating from the strokes and meaning of Chinese characters. When the pieces are opened, the Chinese character is revealed, with each character carrying a specific meaning. This is how traditional calligraphy is fused into modern fashion.
Award presenter: Ann Yip, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications of Hysan Development
Artists Siuyea Lo (wearing REDEMPTIVE) and Will Or (wearing Kowloon City Boy)
From left to right: Badminton player Lee Cheuk-yiu (wearing WHY), basketball player Fish Tsui (wearing FromClothingOf), and fencer Ryan Choi (wearing Wilsonkaki)
MC Brian Chan (wearing Vo-yage)
From left to right: Rapper JB, Novel Friday
Youtuber Will Lin, Jon Jon (wearing ARTO.), Chucky Ching (wearing CAR2IE)
Model Ziya Chiang (wearing FromClothingOf)
|Charlotte Ng Studio SS23 Collection: Work Hard Play Hard
The collection originated from the 1980s with loose fits, large shoulder pads, high-waisted skirts and denim items. To illustrate the day-to-day life of work hard, play hard, the designer combined an elegant suit with a daily casual design, making the suit playful and fresh. For example, the one-piece suit pants in the collection are designed in denim, which matches the brand’s elegant style and brings out an image of women as independent and intellectual. It also conveys the attitude of working hard and enjoying life through design.
|YMDH SS23 Collection: Seeing Clothing as Not Clothing
The collection focuses on redefining the definition of clothes, making people reflect on what clothes are, and introducing hippy culture to the public again. It shares the concept of love and peace, freedom and equality, and love for the earth. The new collection fuses fashion and music, so that the two are no longer separated and can break through their boundaries. The styling refers to hippy elements from the 1960s and incorporates such details into the collection. It follows the same playful style as before and can be worn multiple ways for a contemporary new-hippy style.
|FASHIONALLY PRESENTATION I: Wilsonkaki
Overexposure and soft focus are photographic expressions of light that share a blurred visual effect with a strong sense of distortion. Wilsonkaki’s latest collection draws inspiration from these visual effects by exaggerating the silhouettes of people and making prints the key for the season. The light yellow represents light, and together with the iconic blue colour of the brand, it is like the sunlight refracting softly on the sea, giving people a feeling of hope but mystery.
|FASHIONALLY Presentation II: Kowloon City Boy
Kowloon City Boy’s latest collection, with its retro sports style, brings a new surprise. Classic game characters are integrated into the collection, which are intended to transport users back to their childhood playing video games. The distinctive and symmetrical patterns of the game characters and their bold colour schemes make for beautiful fashion. The rough design lines and bright contrasting colours give a strong visual impact, presenting a Japanese gaming aesthetic that combines gaming and fashion. The consistent above-the-knee shorts design is a continuation of the usual teenage style of the brand.
|FASHIONALLY Presentation III: Vo-yage
During a fishing trip with a friend, the designer realised that some people pursue the fish, while others just enjoy the process, and that the purpose is different for everyone. This led him to believe we shouldn’t be limited by ourselves and society, and we should try to fight for what we want. In Vo-yage menswear, this means wearing skirts and being sexy without being restricted. Green is used throughout the whole collection, with an emphasis on practicality, and different items can be worn in new ways through dismantling and restructuring. New fabrics are applied to old tailoring to create a new-vintage Vo-yage style.
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The YDC aims to promote a new generation of local design talent, while creating opportunities to showcase their collections in front of global and local industry professionals at CENTRESTAGE. Organised by the HKTDC, the contest is considered one of the most prestigious events of its kind in the region, with a successful track record of past contestants becoming leading designers for fashion enterprises or establishing their own labels. To further promote the international visibility of local Hong Kong designers, in 2012 the HKTDC launched FASHIONALLY.com, an online platform that showcases the work of local labels and talents and links them with global industry insiders and opportunities.
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