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Welcome Message

A very warm welcome to CENTRESTAGE 2022, one of Asia’s signature fashion events.

Running under the theme “Inclusion and Diversity” with the hashtag “#MeMyselfAndUs”, this year’s CENTRESTAGE emphasises self-expression and the uniqueness of individuals. It also encourages embracing different cultures and values, and promotes the free and bold articulation of beauty and creativity.

This year, the show is playing host to more than 230 fashion brands and designer labels from 15 countries and regions, providing an ideal platform to unveil the latest collections and fashion accessories. On top of physical presentation, the brands’ info and designs are also featured on the CENTRESTAGE 2022 website, which is jointly developed by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and our digital content partner Vogue Hong Kong, enabling buyers to view them without temporal and spatial constraints. Overseas buyers can also meet the exhibitors online to explore business opportunities via our business matching services.

CENTRESTAGE kicks off with CENTRESTAGE ELITES. The opening gala show is staged with models strutting down the runway in the 2023 spring/summer collections by Hong Kong label DEMO, co-founded by Derek Chan and Mite Chan, and Japanese designer Hideaki Shikama’s brand, Children of the discordance. The show will be livestreamed to the CENTRESTAGE website and social media channels.

Having long served as a launch pad for local talent to kickstart their career and make their mark in fashion, the “Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest” (YDC) will be held on the last day of CENTRESTAGE (11 September), for which a panel of eminent judges will select the fashion stars of tomorrow.

In addition, around 30 fashion shows, mini parades and insightful seminars have been arranged throughout the three days.

Following last year’s well-received response, CENTRESTAGE is once again open to the public, giving fashion lovers the opportunity to experience the extravaganza as well as check out current styles and fashion trends. To enhance public engagement, an array of interactive experiences empowered by AR and VR technology will be offered at the fairground. Highlights include virtual try-on of outfits specially designed for CENTRESTAGE, as well as “CENTREVERSE”, a custom-built phygital experience that allows visitors to participate in various fashion events virtually and interact using their personalised avatars.

Moreover, a series of fashion-related events and promotions has been staged across Hong Kong, including Central Market, D2 Place and Harbour City, under the CENTRESTAGE in Town citywide campaign to spread the buzz from the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to every corner of the city.

We wish you a fruitful and inspiring time at CENTRESTAGE 2022.

Katherine Fang
HKTDC Garment Advisory Committee

Margaret Fong
Executive Director
Hong Kong Trade Development Council

May the Force be with US

The collaboration between Vogue Hong Kong and Hong Kong Centrestage has entered its third year, with the themes “A World of Phygital” in 2020, “Chapter Infinity” in 2021 and “Me, Myself & Us” in 2022, reflecting the rapidly changing times over these past three years.

The pandemic drove us to a Phygital lifestyle. Livestream, WFH and Zoom were born, quickly becoming the norm.

Infinity represents possibility. Impossible becomes I'm possible.

This year, we explore D&I - diversity and inclusion - two buzzwords in the fashion industry.

On the runway, models of all shapes, sizes and skin tones are the first step for Diversity. Behind the scenes, the equal participation of different races and genders in the creative process still has a long journey ahead before reaching true Inclusivity.

Diversity, inclusion and acceptance can be seen as far back as 40 years ago, in the legendary movie “Star Wars” by George Lucas. The human Jedi, the almost 1000 year old Yoda, the memorable giant Jabba the Hutt, Chewie, the long-haired Wookie, the controversial Jar Jar Binks and more all coexist across different planets, and are all accepted as who they are.

One figure spearheading the movement towards authentic diversity & inclusion is Rihanna, who has also shown that upholding these values can be a winning business model. The entrepreneur, singer and makeup mogul founded the beauty brand Fenty Beauty with 40 shades of foundation at launch, embracing all different skin tones. She then went on to launch the Savage x Fenty underwear brand, inviting models like the pregnant Slick Woods alongside models with mobility aids and models of varying body types, redefining the standard of beauty and successfully bringing a new and long-awaited change to the fashion industry.

To distinguish “me” and “you” does not need to be a confrontation, but an acceptance. "Us" does not mean all assimilating to the same thing, but rather a sharing - respecting each person's characteristics and accepting each other. Unity can be difficult but it is the source of true strength and potential, and the Force behind everything.

This year, we brings together x brands. I look forward to watching these New Forces of Fashion shining more brightly together, as a united front.

Kat Yeung


In addition to being the founders and jewellery designers of Kinks Lab, Andrea and Sam are also architects, interior designers and homeware designers. The duo incorporate their knowledge and theory of architectural design into their jewellery to create a range of eccentric and experimental collections.

1/ What does ‘diversity’ mean to you?

Our background encapsulates what ‘diversity’ means to us. Besides being jewellery designers, we have previously worked as architects, interior designers, product designers, and more. Such diverse experiences have deeply influenced our vision. We aim to present a unique user experience and perspective on jewellery design. ‘Diversity’ to us is not about the number of designs we create, but the range of possibilities within each one.

We believe ‘diversity’ and breadth of design can positively impact the fashion jewellery industry. If the market were to utilise more diverse design ideas, it could catalyse the growth of the industry. However, rather than just being driven by designers themselves, this growth also requires coordination between other related industries as well, including the support of the general public.

2/ How is ‘diversity’ reflected in your latest design?

A powerful component of our brand is how we convey our story and experience through our jewellery designs. We stepped out of our comfort zone a year ago when we started Kinks Lab in early 2021, and Centrestage is the perfect platform for us to showcase our story of growth and diversity, especially with our Mutation Collection.

In the Mutation Collection, multiple pieces are derived from one simple design. Not only does it emphasise how several designs can “mutate”, it also shows the diversity of our pieces, and the distinct user experience we have been promoting.

3/ How would you define the aesthetic of Kinks Lab?

Experimental, bold and contemporary. To differentiate ourselves from other accessory brands, we experiment with the potential of diverse wearability. Through our statement accessories, we strive to trigger dialogue amongst females who share the same aesthetic view as we do.

4/ As a designer, what inspires you the most?

City and space, form versus structure, functionality versus ornamentation. Juxtaposing themes inspire us. In the architectural world, we always start designing with the context of the site in mind, including the factors that would impact the building’s design. When we find inspiration for our accessories, we always start from our surroundings and different spaces. Besides that, we are fascinated by surreal, utopian landscapes. We have, in particular, been referencing our designs from Blobitecture, which does not merely represent a style or form, but a non-tangible, experimental spirit. This is where we derived our crazier designs from.

5/ The brand is inspired by "architecture". How are these city characteristics reflected in the design of Kinks Lab?

We base our idea on a unique form of architecture, Blobitecture, which stands in stark contrast to Hong Kong’s rigid skyscrapers. The smooth curvature of Blobitecture embodies the freedom of space and the idea of architecture without limitation. This is what we want to convey through our accessories with our architectural mindset. Our accessories’ designs are characterised by their organic and curved forms. Through 3D modelling and production by traditional goldsmithing, we intend to enhance the three-dimensionality in our pieces.

6/ Why is resin used and what unique texture has it brought to your latest collection?

Resin is not a precious material - it’s affordable, yet versatile. In one of the Mutation Collection pieces, we replace gemstones with resin to showcase its value and distinct glamour. We also use resin to create unique colours and textures on proprietary materials.