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Leo Chan Wins Young Fashion Designers’ Contest (YDC) at Centrestage
September 12, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium
The cream of Hong Kong’s design talent convened for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s Young Fashion Designers’ Contest (YDC) at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, for the finale of Centrestage, Asia’s premier fashion event.
Champion Leo Chan won HK$35,000 in cash and the right to a month-long internship at leading international UK brand Martine Rose, where he can further refine his technique. “I am fond of futuristic fashion and I believe in the endless possibility of fashion,” said a beaming Chan after the victory. His collection saw a revival of the German movement, Wandervögel, which embraces nature and freedom as an antidote to fast-paced urban living and was distinguished by its colour palette of green and black and use of khaki.
“Mr Chan had the most complete look with a real proposition that is ready to take it to the next level,” said VIP judge and designer Martine Rose. She commended the other design talents for their work. “The standard of talent seen this evening was extremely high,” she said. “I was impressed by the skill and craftsmanship presented by the young Hong Kong fashion designers.”
Is science taking genetic modification too far? That was the question proposed by First Runner-Up Bicy Yip’s collection Modificism, which took on the subject by mashing up vibrant colours - neon lime, marigold and poppy red – with unexpected shapes, such as a cape that formed a single sleeve attached to a sweater designed to be worn upside down, and a knitted top made with straps; tubular jacquard with inlay stitches and embroidery had been inspired by human cells. Yip won HK$25,000 and an overseas study trip sponsored by MINI Hong Kong.
Second Runner-Up Charlotte Ng enjoyed double happiness by also winning the Best Footwear Design Award. Her fashion collection invoked the Radiohead song Everything in its Right Place for inspiration. She converted the track into sound waves and used silky-smooth fabrics, punctuated by sturdy double-faced wool, rendering each piece with a meticulously clean finish through a combination of laser-cutting and hand-stitching. She won HK$20,000 and a month-long internship at Kevin Poon’s CLOT and HK$10,000 along with a mentorship offered by I.T apparels to develop a capsule collection of shoes the retailer will sell in its stores.
A final Best New Talent award went to Yeung Shun-leong for his Übermensch collection, a spin-off from Nietzsche’s concept of “will to power” and encapsulating ‘combat’ by merging elements from different martial arts – judo, fencing, boxing – with jackets in oversized silhouettes, featuring high neck-pads and tie belts. Yeung won HK$10,000 and a mentorship from JOYCE, for whom he will develop a capsule collection to sell in-store.
“The advice I would give to young designers is to keep your identity and to listen to yourselves, to be brave and continue on your path,” said Rose.