With more and more Hong Kong designers launching their labels, it is time for us to put together the top 10 new fashion designers you need to know in 2015. These fashion designers are making their mark with clothes that people want to wear, a commitment to a high standard of quality and business savviness. We’ve edited the list to make sure they are labels you can wear to work and for all the occasions we must look our best stylish selves in the most fashionable and dynamic city in Asia, drumroll please….
A Tentative Atelier
A Tentative Atelier prides itself on its craftsmanship. They are one of the few brands that are making clothes using a team of tailors from Shanghai. Focusing on perfecting the unisex look, expect to see shapeless tees and oversized tunics with an edge. With two collections shown at Paris Fashion Week, A Tentative Atelier is a label to watch.
- Available at www.atentativeatelier.com
Chloe Sung and boyfriend Kenneth Kung teamed up to start Chloe Sung, the label. Their third collection featuring abstract ink painting design on a cream and black palette looks dreamy. The structured silhouette of her clothes sets off the fluid ink prints to great effect and makes it suitable to wear to office or dinner party. Tops start from HK$850 and dresses from HK$1,850.
- Available at www.chloesung.com
Having established her as a fashion stylist for Hong Kong singer/songwriter G.E.M, Emma Wallace has built a strong design portfolio for creating costumes and red carpet gowns. Her ready to wear collection gives modern daywear a theatrical edge. She makes floaty maxi skirts, caped gowns and embellished pieces. There’s a variety of pieces to wear for formal events, with skirts starting from HK$2,000 and gowns from HK$8,400.
- Available at www.emma-wallace.com
Adding glamour to the local design scene is Erbert Chong. Before his label, Erbert studied in Paris and worked for big names including Givenchy and Celine. Known for creating sophisticated yet sexy dresses combined with strong geometrical lines (think long dresses with cut out details). His pieces are great for black tie events but if you don’t have any formal events lined-up, Erbert Chong offers wearable items such as a pencil skirts with leather trims and leopard print blouses to glam your everyday.
- Available at www.erbertchong.com
Rising Hong Kong designer Hei Lau launched her own label in 2009. Hei Lau offers fashion-forward clothing to the modern women. With an emphasis on drape, she uses soft fabrics that drape nicely over the body. We love her delicate blouses and gathered shirts. Her softer pieces are great for work and edgier pieces for the evening.
- Available at Room D, 20/F, Orion Court , 23 Mau Tan Street, Yuen Long, Hong Kong. www.heilau.com
Established in 2010, Maryling have offices in Hong Kong, London and Italy. Maryling hails from Hong Kong and have set up her design and production facility in Italy where all her garments made from European fabrics are produced.
Maryling creates versatile essentials, which can be easily mixed and matched or worn separately. We see alot of great pieces that are well designs, sophisticated and stylish in their fall collection so we’re really excited about this label. It is great to see someone do a patterned knitwear dress that’s not Missoni really well and we are impressed with the gorgeous green party dress that looks oh so glamourous. There are plenty of well cut tops, jackets and soft warm knits that makes for perfect pieces when we transition from summer to fall or sit in an air-con room all day!
- Available at Shop 4, L Floor, Bank of East Asia Building, 10 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong. www.maryling.com
You can’t help but fall in love with her Melissa Bui’s designs. Be prepared to be charmed by her collection as she explores different themes. Her designs focus on clean silhouettes and intricate embellishment. There are some simple office pieces but her collection mainly consists of elegant evening dresses. Dresses start at HK$3,500 and tops at HK$1,550.
- Available at www.melissabui.com
Graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York and working with major fashion such at Anna Sui and Peter Som, designer Nerissa Lee launched NI2H in 2012. She creates clothes with a playful aspect, which is what we love about her designs. There’s a mixture of bold colours, shapes with directional prints, which makes each piece unique but wearable. Head to N12H for a playful outfit, with tops at $1,100 skirts and skirts at HK$1,200.
- Available at G/F, No.48 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. www.n12h.com
Another fashion stylist breaking into the design scene is Priscilla I’Anson with PI’A. Launching her first collection this fall, she has created a collection of modern tailored classic pieces with a playful twist. PI’A makes ordinary clothes a little different. There are single sleeve shirts, jackets with cut out backs, little black dresses with detachable arm bands and classics-capes that are attached to blouses. Tops start at HK$1,600 and dresses are around HK$2,100.
- Available at www.p-ia.com
Cheryl Leung, the mastermind behind SAU makes creating flirty dresses that are tastefully sexy but are also practical for everyday wear. With a big range of classic and contemporary pieces, mostly in black, and white go ahead and mix and match! She makes chic office wear, long black dresses and romantic gowns. We love the lace cropped top paired with the black maxi skirt outfit. Sau is hitting the right spot with her pricing. It’s unique designer pieces at affordable prices with dresses starting from HK$1,500.
- Available at www.sauclothing.com
Designing a versatile style of clothes that easily fits all is Susanna So for S.Nine. With an impressive background, working for the likes of Diane von Furstenberg and awarded the the Arts of Fashion Award in 2008, she’s a fashion designer you’ll want to keep your eye on. Her designs are fashionable, functional and classy. You will find draped dresses, printed dresses and rosy red tweed shorts in her fall collection. Dresses start at hk$2,800 with tops at $2,500 and shorts at $3,800.
- Available at Unit S505, 5/F, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong. www.snineonline.com
Hong Kong designer Vanessa Tao creates fashionable office clothing with a focus on clean-cut lines. Most of her collection consists of neutral tones but she adds flair to her clothes with unusual colour combinations, unusual prints and interesting finishing to sleeves or collars. Over-sized silhouettes in with clean-cut lines are matched with soft knit top or long slim skirts.
- Available at www.vanessatao.com