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From September 9th to 11th, Hong Kong’s fashion event “CENTRESTAGE” will be held in a hybrid format | FASHION | FASHION HEADLINE

2022 Press conference
The fashion event “CENTRESTAGE” sponsored by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and sponsored by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government’s “CreateHK” will be held from September 9th to 11th in a hybrid format. More than 240 brands from 15 countries/regions inside and outside of Hong Kong will gather under one roof for 20 shows. Using cutting-edge technologies such as AR/VR, we provide people around the world with an interactive and exciting fashion experience.

Official site: https://centrestage.hktdc.com/home/

2022 Press conference

“Children of the discordance” appears at the opening gala
At the gala show “CENTRESTAGE ELITES” that colors the opening of the center stage, Hideaki Shikama’s “Children of the discordance ( Children of the Discordance)” has appeared. The brand is attracting attention from around the world for its unique collection that combines street culture and music, and will showcase the ’23SS collection, including new items added for this event. There will also be a show of the latest gender-neutral collection of ‘DEMO’ by Derek Chan and Mite Chan. Even in Hong Kong, it is attracting attention as a topical brand.

The pattern of the show is CENTRESTAGE official website (https://centrestage.hktdc.com/home/), SNS (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HKTDC.Exhibition, Instagram: https://www.instagram .com/hktdclifestyle/?hl=zh-hk).


https://youtu.be/kmzlGiyjfWI

“Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers Contest” brings together young designers
Another highlight of the center stage is the Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers Contest 2022 (YDC). Since its opening in 1977, the contest, which has produced many new talents in the global fashion industry, will hold its final judging on September 11th. The judges include celebrities in the industry such as designers, editors, buyers, and stylists, and Hideaki Shikama was invited as a VIP judge from overseas. Ten finalists from the final selection will compete for the top prize.

Supporting development of designers in Hong Kong
There are also events that spotlight local up-and-coming designers in Hong Kong. At the “FASHIONALLY Collection #19 Fashion Show” on the 9th, ARTO., CAR|2IE, FromClothingof, KEVIN HO, Lapeewee, REDEMPTIVE, and WHY, which are gaining popularity in Japan, will present their collections and compete with each other.

Initiatives for sustainability
Six Hong Kong brands participated in the “Fashion Hong Kong Runway Show”. “ANGUS TSUI” with plenty of sci-fi elements, “BLIND by JW” that combines fashion and art tech, “V VISSI” that contributes to society through fashion, “SUN=SEN”, “112 mountainyam”, and “Bettie Haute Couture” ” announces the Spring / Summer 2023 collection. Shows using Metaverse and fashion avatars make the fashion experience even more enjoyable.

This year we have a particular focus on high quality and sustainable materials. Each designer creates their own creations using upcycled fabrics from Hong Kong textile manufacturer Novetex Textiles Limited’s The Billie System. At the Fashion Hong Kong booth, we also implemented a project where visitors donated old T-shirts and polo shirts (only 100% cotton). The first 100 people will receive a limited edition souvenir made from upcycled materials.

During the exhibition, “Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair” and “Salon de TE” will be held simultaneously. It will be a place to shop for fashion apparel and high-quality watches from around the world. On the 10th and 11th, a lottery will be held to win a special project “CENTRESTAGE X Watch & Clock”.

【Official site】
Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair https://www.hktdc.com/event/hkwatchfair/en
Salon de TE https://www.hktdc.com/event/te/en

We interviewed three designers from among the brands participating this time by email and asked about their enthusiasm.

Questions for each designer are as follows.

1. What is the theme of this season’s collection at center stage? Also, what do you usually value in your designs?
2. How has your creativity changed before and after COVID-19? How has this pandemic affected your creativity?
3. What do you think about inclusion and diversity in the fashion industry, or inclusion and diversity in your own design method? Please tell us about any actions you have taken as a brand.
4. Please tell us about the characteristics of the Hong Kong market and your expectations and impressions of Center Stage.
5. What do you think about the Japanese market and fashion creativity?

Children of the discordance (Hideaki Shikama)

1.What is the theme of this season’s collection at center stage? Also, what do you usually value in your designs?
The axis of the brand is to value your own background. Design work is a feeling of blending things in your background with a modern atmosphere, but you must not forget “Discordance”. And one more thing, as a basic principle, I think that “being unique” is important.

2. How has your creativity changed before and after COVID-19? How has this pandemic affected your creativity?
The big difference is that we no longer make special winter clothes, and we have more variations of light clothes to live our daily lives during the corona crisis. I think one of the reasons is that we were unable to hold our own showroom in Paris, and that our business style has changed, with online negotiations with buyers from various countries. I realized for the first time in my life during the pandemic that holding physical exhibitions and regularly presenting collections on the runway was my motivation for creation.

In June 2022, the infectious disease settled down, and we held a showroom in Paris for the first time in a long time, so I am proud that we were able to put a different amount of passion into the details of our creations than in the last two years.

3. What do you think about inclusion and diversity in the fashion industry, or inclusion and diversity in your own design method? Please tell us about any actions you have taken as a brand.
While incorporating a wide variety of cultures, I have come to be very careful about the background of the design. She feels that it’s no longer just about having a cool design. He sees it as the most important thing to do internationally. Even if our designs originally have few sensitive elements, we understand that we are in an era where we must pay close attention to the shapes and silhouettes that are included in casual logos. I think this is the part where I was able to grow through collaborations with brands that are expanding internationally.

4. Please tell us about the characteristics of the Hong Kong market and your expectations and impressions of CENTRESTAGE.
We have many business partners in Hong Kong, and I feel that there are many fans of our brand. Street fashion in Hong Kong has no time difference with Tokyo, and while it has continued to grow as a culture for a long time, I get the impression that luxury fashion has taken root at the same time. There are many people who have a passion for fashion, and I hope that the number of fans of the brand will increase through this show.

5. What do you think about the Japanese market and fashion creativity?
I think Japan has a unique fashion culture. I usually don’t leave my atelier, so I don’t know much about current Tokyo fashion. Jumping into fashion isn’t my style, so I always want to pursue creatives that are typical of COTD.

<Children of the discordance>
The designer is Hideaki Shikama. Born in 1980, from Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. In 2005, the select shop “Acycle” opened in Harajuku. At the same time, he started his career as a designer, starting with the planning and production of store brands. He has been the store’s director and designer for six years. In 2011, he started Children of the discordance with Toru Kido and Takayuki Inokawa. After that, Shikama continued the brand as a single person and started announcing collections overseas. In 2018, he won the TOKYO FASHION AWARD, and from 2020 he participated in his main program at MENS MILANO FASHION WEEK. Based on his own experience, his brand is reflected in the collection from a unique perspective against the background of youth culture and vintage wear. He proposes a new interpretation of vintage wear, and at the same time develops a handmade line produced in his atelier, making it a highly rare product. The brand name “Discordance” means “discord”, and we want to keep our own style that does not harmonize with the trends, society, and trends that we had when we first encountered fashion and music in our teens. The thought is included.

NATACHA VAN

1. What is the theme of this season’s collection at center stage? Also, what do you usually value in your designs?
“The Traveler – Make your trip more accessible” is a new series to be developed in the 2023 SS collection. Inspired by the luxurious travel style of the world-famous Orient Express, we thought that we should be able to feel more glamorous in the journey of life.

The new collection draws inspiration from the glamorous, playful, old-fashioned luxury travel that was also the lifestyle of the 1930s. While recreating the atmosphere of the time, the ’23SS collection is gorgeous and fun, combining reinterpretation with the relaxed feeling of modern travel.

2. How has your creativity changed before and after COVID-19? How has this pandemic affected your creativity?
Before the spread of COVID-19, I loved traveling abroad. Japan in particular inspires my collection. During the Covid-19 pandemic, he travels to small areas in Cambodia to find inspiration from local communities.

3. What do you think about inclusion and diversity in the fashion industry, or about inclusion and diversity in your own design method? Please tell us about any actions you have taken as a brand.
From a designer’s point of view, each design is a single picture born from my imagination. Our team turns that design into clothes and makes that image a reality. I believe that this is exactly what a diverse group of people should be like.

4. Please tell us about the characteristics of the Hong Kong market and your expectations and impressions of CENTRESTAGE.
By participating in the center stage, we hope to increase brand recognition both in Japan and overseas. In particular, we are focusing on recognition in Hong Kong, where the fashion industry is mature. At the same time, we are also aiming to enter the Japanese fashion industry. I think Japanese fashion is very unique and unique.

5. What do you think about the Japanese market and fashion creativity?
I love Japanese fashion. I love how the kimono, once a casual wear, has now become a traditional formal wear for special occasions and celebrations. Today, modern clothing that incorporates Western trends is common, and when Western styles began to be adopted, the Japanese, who were sensitive to global trends, added their own unique sensibilities and interpretations. From there, Japan’s dramatic and unique fashion trends were born. Kimonos, which are considered traditional formal wear, were originally plain and basic kimonos in subdued colors for everyday wear, but through changes in times and fashions, they have become magnificent and luxurious attire for special occasions. there is


Natacha Van was born in Hong Kong and graduated from London College of Fashion. She has a Cambodian/Chinese cultural background and is currently based in Phnom Penh. Her brand started in 2016. Since then, she has presented collections in fashion weeks in major cities such as Paris, London, Milan and New York, as well as in Shanghai and Busan. At the 2017 Paris Collection, she was appointed as the Cambodian ambassador and is active as a designer representing the country.

SPARKLE (Karen Chan)

1. What is the theme of this season’s collection at center stage? Also, what do you usually value in your designs?
It’s been four years in a row at Center Stage. The main theme of SPARKLE’s 2022-23 collection is “Hong Kong Story ~ Lion Rock Spirit”. The image is of a “nostalgic Hong Kong store” and a “Hong Kong classic”. The patterns on the fabrics sold at the Nostalgic Hong Kong store are retro toys and sweets that were sold in neighborhood stores in the past. Inspiration is drawn from wooden beverage crates and the intricate carvings on the iron gates of shops. The patterns used in Hong Kong Classic are red, white, and blue, inspired by street scenes from the 1950s to the 1990s, such as spinning barbershop sign poles, ice cream trucks, and airmail envelopes. as the main color.

These items, which were once icons of Hong Kong, have been reborn with bold and funky SPARKLE original patterns, resulting in chic Chinese dresses and tongue jackets that are full of playfulness and individuality. In keeping with the brand’s colorful spirit, all patterns use bold neon colors for a happy, youthful, and lively hue. This year’s main colors are “Sparkle Loves Black Pink”, “Red White Blue Reinvented”, and “Black & Red Chic”.

A modern cheongsam and tang jacket in eco denim are great for the office. On the other hand, the “SPARKLE 2023 IP Collaboration” will crossover Hong Kong pop culture and global anime characters to develop a wild and funky collaboration. Using Sanrio’s popular character “Kuromi”, Hong Kong’s neon colors express Chinese dress style street fashion.

What all the themes have in common is the familiar items that made us happy in our childhood, such as toys, sweets, and cartoons. It reminds me of the nostalgic days of Hong Kong. When life and joy were simple, people worked hard, neighbors knew each other by name and helped each other unconditionally…that’s the Lion Rock Spirit.

2. How has your creativity changed before and after COVID-19? How has this pandemic affected your creativity?
Before the epidemic, everything was big, the economy was good, people were going to parties and events, but Covid changed everything. Social spaces suddenly disappeared and masks became a part of life. Therefore, we came up with the idea of ​​printing a colorful original pattern on disposable KF masks and surgical masks to provide beauty and fun in addition to high protective performance, making them fashionable and practical.

And even if the party is gone, I still have to go to work. Thinking that these people would like to cheer themselves up with colorful fashion, a denim collection was born that designed cheongsam, tongue jackets, and accessories that can be worn everyday.

Since the pandemic, people have become more nostalgic for the ‘good old days’ than ever before, with Hong Kong retro tarps like red, white and blue tarps, old-fashioned floor tiles and tea bowls with the ‘MITONG’ pattern inspired by Chinese lucky coins. When I incorporated these items into the original pattern, it was very well received.

3. What do you think about inclusion and diversity in the fashion industry, or about inclusion and diversity in your own design method? Please tell us about any actions you have taken as a brand.
I believe that inclusion and diversity are two sides of the same coin. Diversity, for me, means opening your heart to accept things that are unfamiliar to you, outside your comfort zone. Diversity, especially in the world of art and fashion, means understanding that beauty knows no boundaries. Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, genders and ethnicities, and every culture has its own beauty. I grew up in Hong Kong, a melting pot of cultures, and from an early age, different cultures have been imprinted on me. He was brought up in a traditional Chinese family, and benefited from the British school system. After that, I studied abroad in the United States and Canada for 15 years and came into contact with many cultures. My experiences abroad have opened my eyes and hearts wide, and I have learned to appreciate all arts and cultures, which has had a huge impact on my design.

SPARKLE not only fuses Chinese cheongsam with western fashion aesthetics, but also incorporates elements of Korean and Japanese fashion into its designs. For me, Hong Kong is not just a Chinese society, but a truly international city where different cultures coexist. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, regardless of their ethnic, cultural or religious background. I want everyone to embrace their inner beauty and wear fashion in their own way, without being bound by society’s “fashion rules.” SPARKLE’s cheongsam, tongue jacket, and street fashion are proud that anyone can wear them gorgeously and stylishly regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, or size. Traditional cheongsam can be tricky. There has always been an assumption that a cheongsam must be feminine and understated, with a slim figure that curves along with the dress, and the traditional tang jacket is dark and masculine. Monotone was common. However, SPARKLE’s design is completely opposite. While keeping the basic elements of the cheongsam, such as the mandarin collar, slanted placket, and flawless craftsmanship, she incorporated Western elements such as A-line skirts and flower-inspired sleeves. The new elements make the dress look beautiful, practical and slimming, so it suits all women regardless of age or body shape.

The tongue jacket is tailored with bold colors and childlike innocent and playful patterns, making it suitable for women and men of all ages. Many people find themselves in a tongue jacket that is full of energy and playfulness, and can be worn feminine, masculine or neutral. SPARKLE is not just fashion, it is also a way of expressing who you are and who you want to be.

4. Please tell us about the characteristics of the Hong Kong market and your expectations and impressions of CENTRESTAGE.
Hong Kong’s fashion market is very interesting. Hong Kongers have a strong desire to buy, and tend to buy clothes from famous overseas brands and Western styles. On the other hand, Chinese style fashion is not chosen because most cheongsams and tongue jackets are conventional old styles. However, with the arrival of SPARKLE on the market, I hope people now understand that you can still look youthful and trendy even when wearing a cheongsam or a tang jacket. Sparkle Collection – SPARKLE by Karen Chan is a contemporary designer label specializing in young and vibrant Chinese chic luxury fashion. As a luxury, cultural and creative brand from Hong Kong, we are focusing on the revival of cheongsam, an intangible cultural heritage. Combining the sublime craftsmanship and timeless beauty of the cheongsam with the modernity and fluidity of Western couture in funky and bold color prints, traditional cheongsam and tang jackets are transformed into Hong Kong original colorful It has been sublimated into a fashion that can be worn in a fun way.

SPARKLE’s novel and avant-garde interpretation of the Chinese dress has given her the honor of being invited to the most influential center stage of Hong Kong Fashion Week for the fourth year in a row. On the center stage, we hope that cheongsam and Hong Kong fashion will gain international attention.

5. What do you think about the Japanese market and fashion creativity?
Japan, with its rich traditions and culture, has long influenced the Western fashion scene. Many top couture houses draw inspiration from Japonisme and the sophisticated kimono, and the unique structural silhouettes and intricate layering of traditional kimonos have been adopted by many designers. In terms of daily life, modern Japanese fashion is a fusion of Eastern and contemporary elements, and while the silhouette and structure are Western, the Japanese essence of kimono is incorporated everywhere.

It is interesting to note that Japanese kimono and Chinese cheongsam have similar influences on modern fashion. Both are the national costumes of the country, and while they have intricate details, they have a simple and elegant form. China and Japan have colorful histories and deep cultural roots, and cheongsams and kimonos share exotic myths and folktales, stories of everyday life, and motifs from the natural world such as animals and plants in their fabric designs. Many elements can be seen.

Not only kimono, but also modern Japanese street fashion is highly regarded for its originality and uniqueness. SPARKLE also shares this kind of fashion creativity.

And the style of “wabisabi”. Neutral and avant-garde elements that are not bound by age or gender make individuality stand out. SPARKLE also incorporates this aesthetic principle, always original and transcending age and gender.


The designer is Karen Chan. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he studied abroad in the United States and Canada for 15 years from his teens. Combining Chinese and Western cultural backgrounds, he is passionate about the revival of Hong Kong culture and cheongsam. In order to learn how to make Chinese dresses, he studied under Mr. Phong Yau Choi, heir to the Intangible Cultural Heritage. While preserving his intricate craftsmanship, Karen Chan incorporated the concepts of Western design into patterns, fabrics, and wearability to establish SPARKLE by Karen Chan, a Chinese dress and tang jacket brand that crosses over Eastern and Western aesthetics. He used funky and bold colors and prints on traditional Chinese folk costumes such as cheongsam and tongue jackets, transforming them into colorful and avant-garde fashion. Awards include CMA “Hong Kong Emerging Brand Award”, “Hong Kong Tourism Retail Top 10 Award” and “Hong Kong Cultural and Creative Industry Award”.


CENTRESTAGE 2022
Organizer: Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Date: September 9th (Friday) to 11th (Sunday)
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
time:
September 9th (Friday) to 10th (Saturday)
10:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday, September 11th
10:00am – 6:00pm
Free admission: industry professionals and general visitors over the age of 18

Official site: https://bit.ly/3PsDb4X
Registration site: https://bit.ly/3QIEbCQ
Instagram: @hktdclifestyle https://www.instagram.com/hktdclifestyle/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HKTDC.Exhibition/

Sponsored by:
Create Hong Kong


*Disclaimer: The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has funded this project but is otherwise not involved in any way. All opinions, findings, decisions and proposals of the above materials and events are those of the project organizers, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, Culture, Sports and Tourism Board, Create Hong Kong, Create Smart Initiative Secretariat, Create Smart It does not reflect the views of the Initiative Review Board.

[Simultaneous event]Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair
Official site: https://www.hktdc.com/event/hkwatchfair/en
Salon de TE
Official site: https://www.hktdc.com/event/te/en

[For inquiries, please contact the Hong Kong Trade Development Council]Tokyo office Email: tokyo.office@hktdc.org Tel: 03-5210-5850
Osaka office Email: osaka.office@hktdc.org Tel: 06-4705-7030

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