Elizabeth Lin took home three awards, including Overall Winner, at Hong Kong Fashion Week.
Last week saw 14 young fashion designers send their collections down the runway as part of Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest. The competition gives young designers their opportunity to showcase their designs to local and international industry experts with the overall winner receiving an internship at Rue du Mail’s design studio in Paris and a cash prize of HK$20,000.
Four awards were awarded on the night; Best Innovation Award, Party & Evening-Wear Group Winner, Contemporary Day-Wear Group Winner and Overall Winner. Elizabeth Lin stole the show with her collection, Time Capsule, taking the awards for Best Innovation, Party & Evening-Wear and Overall Winner. Holly Lai was announced the Contemporary Day-Wear Group Winner for his Fear Tales collection.
Elizabeth’s collection was technically incredible; voluminous, structured and statuesque dresses that clearly impressed the judging panel. There were distinct nods to the history of both Hong Kong and the UK, representing the two cultures of this city and the designer herself. Silhouettes of Victorian proportions were paired with a more Chinese aesthetic; one dress looked as though it were made of silk fans while the prints resembled fine China Patterns. Whilst perhaps not the most wearable of party gowns, there is no denying that their beautifully intricate, eye-catching designs and meticulous workmanship made Elizabeth a worthy winner.
Winner of the Contemporary Day-Wear Group, Holly Lai’s collection could not have been more different. Fear Tales was inspired by the dark and sinister nature of the original Grimm’s fairy tales and this theme is developed through a largely black palette, with punches of colour, and liberal use of quilting and leather. The hard, contemporary look of the garments was softened with traditional embroidery to create a collection that had the right combination of creativity, originality and appeal.