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January 19th, 2005, 10:53 PM
Behind fashion's glitz, Hong Kong does the dirty work
Wed Jan 19,12:13 AM ET
HONG KONG (AFP) - As fashion events go, Hong Kong's Fashion Week lacks the glamour and the celebrities of its star-studded counterparts in Europe.
Models display evening gowns and headdresses by Hong Kong Fashion designer Ika, during a Fall Winter 2005 Fashion Week show, in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005. (AP Photo/Anat Givon)
Models present creations by Hong Kong designer William Tang titled 'Dim Sum,' during the Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2005, in Hong Kong January 19, 2005. Fashion Week will be held from January 18-21. REUTERS/Kin Cheung
A model presents a creation, featuring Mao Zedong, former Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, by Hong Kong designer William Tang with the title 'Dim Sum,' during the Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2005, in Hong Kong January 19, 2005. Fashion Week will be held from January 18-21. REUTERS/Kin Cheung
Models present the creations of Hong Kong designer William Tang with title 'Dim Sum,' in front of the portrait of Queen Elizabeth, as Hong Kong was a British colony until 1997, during Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2005 in Hong Kong January 19, 2005. The Fashion Week will be held from January 18-21. REUTERS/Kin Cheung
A model presents a creation by South Korean designer Seung Moo Lee during Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2005 in Hong Kong, January 19, 2005. Fashion Week will be held from January 18-21. REUTERS/Kin Cheung
A model presents a creation by South Korean designer Jeong Woo Lee during Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2005, in Hong Kong January 19, 2005. Fashion Week will be held from January 18-21. REUTERS/Kin Cheung
But while couturiers gear up this week to showcase their latest designs at the European fashion season's opening event in Milan, the southern Chinese city is busy doing the behind-the-scene deals that keep the industry ticking.
The former British colony has become a major focus for the side of the fashion business rarely seen in glossy magazines: it is where designers find the factories that will make their collections.
Instead of the towering models strutting moodily down catwalks in skimpy clothes, Hong Kong's fashion expo -- which opened Tuesday -- is full of mostly Chinese businessmen promoting the factories and manufacturers that make the frocks that are sold on Fifth Avenue and the Champs Elysee.
"Absolutely everyone from the huge fashion houses to the small start-ups come here to source manufacturers," said Katie Young, the brains behind Forever Young, a new label about to be launched in London. "The models go to Milan, but the businesspeople come here."
Hong Kong's Fashion Week has prospered thanks largely to its proximity to southern China, the oft-quoted "factory of the world", where a the World Trade Organisation estimates that 27 percent of the world's textiles were made in 2003.
With the expiration on January 1 of a global textiles-production quota deal expected to benefit China's low-cost producers, Hong Kong's status as a vital cog in the fashion wheel is likely to grow.
"China is where the fashion world is centred now and that's why I and other designers come to Hong Kong," said Young.
"There are contacts for what seems like millions of factories in China here -- if not the factories then agents for the factories," said the British designer.
While Hong Kong Fashion Week is trying to establish itself as a showcase for Asian designers, it's on the trading floors where 1,087 manufacturers and their agents have this year set up shop that the big business is done.
Row upon row of trade booths promote factories and manufacturers that make anything from T-shirts to ball gowns and specialist sports wear to babies' clothes.
There are hundreds of specialist producers too: there are 13 exhibitors, for example, that make nothing but zips and 29 whose sole business is to make labels.
"There aren't really many other shows where you can meet people that can make every part of your collection," said Young, who is launching her first collection at next month's London fashion week.
"I come here at least twice a year, if not to do deals then at least to compare prices with other manufacturers."
The Chinese exhibitors are the biggest draw here, and they act like a vortex pulling in manufacturers from all over the world hoping to get a slice of the giant nation's mushroom economy.
"It makes sense to come here because this is where the world's manufacturers come and show off their expertise," said Rina Antara, product development manager for manufacturer Mama and Leon, based in Bali, Indonesia.
"Because it has so many manufacturers it attracts the designers and the agents who need collections made," she added.
According to Young, designers would once have gone to agents in their home countries who would hive out work to a roster of manufacturers in China. The system works well, says Young, but is costly.
"So you find that more and more people like me are coming to this show where we can meet direct with the factory owners and cut out the middle man."
January 22nd, 2005, 08:18 PM
HK talent weaves a grand finale to a week of fashion
A model presents a creation of Hong Kong designers group by 'Style Hong Kong magazine' with the title 'Shooting Stars,' during Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2005 in Hong Kong, January 21, 2005. Fashion Week will be held from January 18-21. REUTERS/Kin Cheung
Taiwan actress Kelly Lin Hsi Lei (R) and a model present the creations of Hong Kong designer group 'O4 Hair-styling Group,' during Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2005, in Hong Kong January 21, 2005. Fashion Week will be held from January 18-21. REUTERS/Kin Cheung
A model presents a creation by Hong Kong designer Ranee Kok during Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2005, in Hong Kong January 21, 2005. Fashion Week will be held from January 18-21. REUTERS/Kin Cheung
Reuters - Jan 21 6:17 AM
A model presents a creation by Indonesian designer Susie Hedijanto during Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2005, in Hong Kong January 21, 2005. Fashion Week will be held from January 18-21. REUTERS/Kin Cheung
A model presents a creation by Hong Kong designer Annie Ling during Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2005, in Hong Kong January 21, 2005. Fashion Week will be held from January 18-21. REUTERS/Kin Cheung
A model presents a creation by Hong Kong designer Simone Ng during Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2005, in Hong Kong January 21, 2005. Fashion Week will be held from January 18-21. REUTERS/Kin Cheung
A model presents a creation by Australia designer Josephine Nathan during Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2005, in Hong Kong January 21, 2005. Fashion Week will be held from January 18-21. REUTERS/Kin Cheung
A model presents a creation by Hong Kong brand Diane Freis during Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2005, in Hong Kong January 21, 2005. Fashion week will be held from January 18-21. REUTERS/Kin Cheung
A model presents a creation by Hong Kong designer Jones Lee during Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2005, in Hong Kong January 21, 2005. Fashion Week will be held from January 18-21. REUTERS/Kin Cheung
By Vivienne Chow
22 January 2005
South China Morning Post
One of the most successful Hong Kong Fashion weeks came to a conclusion last night with a glamorous catwalk show and the news of soaring attendance.
This year's autumn/winter Fashion Week recorded an attendance of 25,401 - a 26 per cent increase over last year. The number of exhibitors rose 11 per cent to 1,087.
Among the attendants, 13,309 came from Hong Kong, 21 per cent more than the previous year. Buyers from overseas increased by 32 per cent, with 12,092 visitors.
Last night's closing show, "Shooting Stars", featured the latest collections by more than 30 Young Designer Contest alumni such as Simone Ng, Lok Lai-ming and Yeung Shiu-cheung, who won warm applause from the audience.
A survey conducted at the show found a positive attitude in the industry towards business this year.
The Trade Development Council, organiser of the Fashion Week, showed that over 70 per cent of buyers and exhibitors saw a better prospect for this year.
More than half the buyers and exhibitors predicted the sales of casual wear would continue to grow worldwide in the coming year. More than 80 per cent believed that the trend will be especially significant on the mainland.
Exhibitors voted khaki as the colour for casual wear in the coming winter season.
Buyers predicted green to be among the summer's hot shades for casual wear, while exhibitors picked purple for business wear.
Both agreed that floral patterns will be a significant trend for street wear.
They also suggested business executives should look into graphics and check patterns when choosing formal outfits. As for trends in fabrics, cotton is expected to remain the most popular material for leisure and business outfits.
According to the TDC, more than half the fashion professionals attending the show believed that consumers made their decision for sportswear based on style, rather than price.
January 22nd, 2005, 08:39 PM
based on style, rather than price...therefore no money no style...:sad:
casual wear in the winter season, good~ Thx
January 27th, 2006, 05:52 AM
Designer Tam calls for boost to Hong Kong fashion industry
HONG KONG, Jan 16, 2006 (AFP) - Renowned Hong Kong fashion designer Vivienne Tam believes the Chinese territory could become a global style powerhouse with a little help from business and government.
Tam, who along with Sino-Irish designer John Rocha put the former British colony on the fashion map in the 1990s, called for the city's rich property developers to offer cash and internships to nurture local talent.
"A lot of the time (young designers) can't afford the rent -- if you are not an international brand it's hard to get a good location -- but landlords have so much money; it's time to give back to the community," Tam told the South China Morning Post.
Tam is in Hong Kong ahead of fashion week, the sprawling trade show where the couture world gathers to find mainland Chinese sewing factories and manufacturers to put together their latest collections.
The New York-based designer, who is credited with helping to introduce traditional Chinese flourishes to mainstream fashion, said it was vital for would-be designers to get first-hand industry experience.
"It's important that entrepreneurs and schools work hand in hand and let more students see the real world while they are still at school," she said.
"I was among the first to intern at the (Hong Kong trade promotion agency) and I learned so much," added Tam. "It was the first time for me to work with manufacturers. It wasn't like doing school work. It was the real world."
Tam also called on the government to follow the lead of the United States' Council of Fashion Designers in America (CFDA) and set up an agency to promote Hong Kong fashion designers.
July 12th, 2006, 06:01 AM
Speech by PSCI at Hong Kong Fashion Week
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Government Press Release
Following is a speech by the Permanent Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology (Commerce and Industry), Miss Yvonne Choi, at the opening ceremony of Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring and Summer 2007 today (July 11):
Andrew, Steve, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
Good morning. It gives me great pleasure to officiate at the Opening Ceremony of Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring and Summer 2007. I would like to extend a warm welcome to all the exhibitors, buyers and visitors, especially those of you from out of town. I hope everyone finally managed to get a good night's sleep, now that we're finished with World Cup games at 3.00 am in the morning.
Hong Kong Fashion Week has become a major international apparel-sourcing exhibition. I see that one of the topics this week is "trend forecasting". Of course, fashion trends can be as variable as Hong Kong's weather. We have influences blowing in from the South, from the North and from the West. We can go from a comfortable summer breeze to an eye-popping typhoon in no time. If we want to know which way hemlines will go next year, perhaps we should consult our weather forecasters at the Hong Kong Observatory.
Ladies and gentlemen, Hong Kong's fashion industry has evolved since its days of relying primarily on OEM (original equipment manufacturing). We have responded to the growing competition from low-cost economies by moving to ODM (original design manufacturing) and OBM (original brand manufacturing). This transition owes its success to the entrepreneurial spirit of our manufacturers, to a talented pool of designers and to strong technological support.
With an increasingly globalised economy, changes in textiles quotas system, opening up of the Mainland market, and implementation of the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA), the clothing industry in Hong Kong continues to face challenges as well as opportunities. To help prepare the industry for the challenges ahead, the Government funded the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel this April to promote research and development (R&D) and technology transfer. The institute will also serve to co-ordinate R&D programmes and projects in collaboration with the industry, universities and technology partners. Together with support under the DesignSmart Initiative, we hope to maintain an environment for the design and apparel industries to flourish.
One crucial element for success is designers and companies teaming up to turn imaginative concepts into marketable products. Fashion Week provides a platform for our outstanding home-grown designers, and I am glad to see that there are many young ones emerging, to showcase their creations, and for manufacturers and merchandisers to exchange the latest market information. I urge you all to make full use of this platform.
Finally, I would like to congratulate the Honourable Andrew Leung, Chairman of the Trade Development Council (TDC) Garment Advisory Committee, the Committee members, the TDC colleagues and the exhibitors for putting together this significant event. And I wish you all a very fruitful week. Thank you.
September 17th, 2008, 08:24 AM
FEATURE-HK designer sees upside in 'made in China' label
HONG KONG, Sept 17 (Reuters) - It's not usually seen conferring cachet in international fashion, but for up-and-coming Hong Kong designer Dorian Ho the "Made in China" label is an asset that he hopes will establish him as a global name.
Tapping into the popularity of Western-style weddings in Asia, Ho has built a brand of "haute couture" and ready-to-wear bridal and evening gowns that he sells in Asia, the United Sates and soon plans to launch in Europe.
It might not be a Valentino or Oscar de la Renta, but at $2,000, a Dorian Ho silk taffeta ball dress is a third of the price of a Valentino or Versace equivalent.
"Few people can afford to own many Valentino gowns, but for one Valentino, they can afford to own two or three of my gowns," said Ho, 37, whose collections carry his name including Dorian Ho Couture, Dorian Ho Bridal Collection and Dorian Ho Collections.
Using couture fabrics shipped in from Europe, the gowns are stitched at Ho's own factory in southern China and embellished with intricate beading by highly skilled seamstresses.
Relatively low production costs in China, says Ho, allow him to liberally use the highest quality imported silks, lace and other fabrics and accessories.
But the burning question is whether customers will fork out thousands of dollars for premium gowns that are made in China.
Many European fashion houses believe they won't and are keeping at least their high-end designs close to home so they can control quality and optimise their "Made in Europe" labels to fend off low-priced competitors such as Ho.
"The label 'Made in China' is still, unfortunately, synonymous with 'cheap and poor quality'," said Michel Phan, LVMH-chaired professor of marketing at French business school ESSEC's Singapore campus.
"High-end fashion houses are what they are today BECAUSE they design and produce in Europe (France, Italy, UK or Spain). Those countries are synonymous with quality and attention to detail."
Even "Made in Italy" is not enough for Versace, which says all its clothes carry a label stating the item was produced at a Versace factory in Italy.
Ho's designs might be European but his brand is Asian and he is trying to use this to his advantage by applying his knowledge of the Chinese garment industry to make high-quality gowns at prices that are impossibly low for Europe design houses.
Ho, who worked for his parents' knitwear company before setting up on his own, says he has complete control over quality because his garments are manufactured in his factory in Shenzhen, across the border from Hong Kong.
"We can control price because we own our factory in China," said Ho.
"It's very painful in China for American and European designers because they have to outsource and so they have to work hard to control quality. If you subcontract in China people might copy your designs," he added. Manufacturing in China is tempting for Western fashion companies as they struggle to keep up with costs.
British fashion group Burberry last year started making polo shirts there, closing a plant in Wales which it said was no longer commercially viable -- a move that triggered protests outside Burberry stores in Europe and the United States.
But other fashion houses are more wary such as Chloe which says moving manufacturing to China is not on the cards at the moment even though the brand is very popular in Asia as the garment cuts suit petite Asian women. Asia accounts for 20-30 percent of Chloe's sales.
"I'd say China now is not so much a quality issue as a customer perspective issue," said Sophia Wu, China general manager of Chloe.
Luxury brands would still need to invest heavily to ensure quality control, and prove that Chinese production can mean quality, not just cheap labour, Wu said.
Western consumers might be willing to pay thousands of dollars for a Chinese-made dress if they are convinced the brand's commitment to quality remains intact, she said.
But customers in China itself, a key growth market for Western fashion houses, would not, she said.
"They'd send it back if it was not made in Italy or France," said Wu. "Chinese women are buying our clothes because Chloe represents French culture: romance and European style."
Ho agrees and says he's not targeting China yet even though his body-hugging designs have caught the eye of clients such as Chinese actress Tang Wei, star of Ang Lee's Golden Globe-nominated film "Lust, Caution." as well as Hong Kong socialites.
His sights are set on establishing his name in Europe with a ready-to-wear bridal collection next year and runway shows in Paris and London.
His company has showrooms in New York, Hong Kong and Sydney and sells to high end department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue in the United States as well as luxury boutiques around the world.
September 17th, 2008, 11:56 PM
New York - Paris - Milan - Hong Kong?
September 29th, 2008, 05:27 AM
That's what I usually see in LV, Chanel & Gucci ads
November 15th, 2008, 03:03 AM
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March 16th, 2009, 12:02 AM
greeteens from costa rica!!!
January 17th, 2010, 03:43 AM
January 17th, 2010, 08:09 PM
New York - Paris - Milan - Hong Kong?
New York - Paris - Milan - London, at this moment.
Hong Kong has a LONG way to go before even catching up with Tokyo.
January 25th, 2010, 11:17 AM
we hear something good about hong kong,at least about the fashion industry
December 11th, 2010, 04:34 PM
January 9th, 2011, 03:31 AM
The MK look
January 9th, 2011, 07:01 AM
New York - Paris - Milan - London, at this moment.
Hong Kong has a LONG way to go before even catching up with Tokyo.
Can't agree more.
In Asia, Tokyo is still a capital of fashion.
January 9th, 2011, 08:57 AM
The thing is I have been to New York and Paris... I don't understand why these cities rate higher than asian cities? Is it because of the designers and stores? If that's the reason then I guess I can agree..but honestly the people in New York City and Paris do not even come close to matching the fasion and well dressed people of Tokyo and other cities in Asia including Osaka, Fukuoka, Seoul, and many Hong Kong people. My american friend who is originally from NYC and visited Tokyo last year also told me that she has never seen such fasionable and well dressed people everywhere before. I really don't understand why Milan, Paris and NYC always completely outrank other cities. Anyway just my own observation but I've been to NYC and Paris and was not impressed. Especially when it comes to males, guys in Asia are much better dressed..especially in Tokyo with super expensive wallets and boots and stuff. Japanese men are too fasionable sometimes :lol:
BTW I am not saying they do not dress well, they do but still not impressed for supposivly being the top 3 cities.
January 11th, 2011, 04:35 PM
New York - Paris - Milan - London, at this moment.
Hong Kong has a LONG way to go before even catching up with Tokyo.
It's funny how London is up there on the list. I think it does come down to having enough rich people for all the high-end shops, fashion designers and fashion houses to sell to. Plus I think Tokyo doesn't get the exposure it deserves because it's too inward-looking.
Here's an interesting article that came out recently.
Asian models change face of fashion
Kellie Hush FASHION EDITOR
January 8, 2011
They are not yet household names, but they are sharing international runways and starring in lucrative advertising campaigns alongside the world's highest-paid beauties.
Chinese model Liu Wen is the most successful of the group. From Beijing, Wen's trajectory started on the pages of the Chinese editions of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. In 2008 she made her first appearance in Paris on the catwalk for Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel. Recently, Estee Lauder signed her as a new face and she is the 10th-highest-paid model in the world.
The Taiwanese actor-turned-model Godfrey Tsao is the latest to join this crop of mainly female models. Taller than most of his countrymen at 1.85 metres, Tsao has become the first Asian male to star in a menswear advertising campaign for the French fashion house Louis Vuitton.
Stephen Lee from New York's NEXT Model Management, which represents the Chinese model Shu Pei Qin, who is the world-wide face of Maybelline cosmetics, believes this is not a fleeting trend.
''There's been a very significant rise and demand towards the Asian look in the last five years, specifically from the Chinese market with its burgeoning economy and accessibility to a huge population. I do believe it's now an established market that will only grow as high-end products become even more accessible to the Asian population,'' Lee said.
In Australia, the Eurasian models Rachel Rutt and Jessica Gomes are redefining the sun-kissed blue-eyed blonde stereotype. Rutt is of Singaporean and British heritage and grew up in Japan before moving to Australia in 2005. The Sydney-based model has featured in campaigns for Sportsgirl, Saba, General Pants and on the pages of Marie Claire, Grazia and in Vogue Italia. Gomes was born in Perth of Singaporean and Portuguese heritage. Now based in New York, she has worked with DKNY and was the face of the Sean Combs Unforgivable fragrance.
Kathy Ward from Sydney's Chic Management, which represents Rutt and Gomes, does not like to label the pair. She puts their success down to the fact that they stand out in the crowd. ''They are both definitely in demand. Jessica has a busy schedule internationally and a huge following in South Korea and Rachel has the look of the moment. She's in high-demand for mainstream fashion media, advertising at Australian Fashion Week.''
Asian models have found success in the past - the 1980s model Tina Chow being one of the most famous - but ethnic diversity has long been a fraught topic within the fashion industry. The face of fashion is a homogeneous one, with those blessed with long thin white limbs dominating the pages of international fashion magazines. Beauties from eastern Europe, America and Britain are traditionally the highest paid models in the world. The top five female models today hail from Poland, Denmark, Netherlands, Russia and Australia (Melbourne's Abbey-Lee Kershaw). The debate, however, has mainly focused on the representation of black models. Naomi Campbell is an outspoken campaigner on the issue and in 2009 caused controversy when she told Glamour magazine that the fashion industry was racist. ''You know, the American president may be black, but as a black woman, I am still an exception in this business. I always have to work harder to be treated equally,'' Campbell said.
A Lanvin designer, Alber Elbaz, recently said he did not see colour when he was casting his catwalk crew. ''I use blonde, brunette, redhead, black and Asian models - I never do it to be politically correct.''
Elbaz may be speaking the truth or pulling expensive wool over our eyes. Not one luxury fashion house could deny that its bread is now buttered in Asia.
The bag Tsao is modelling, right, is called the Elvis but it is not only nostalgic Americans whom Louis Vuitton is hoping to draw into the store.
Both Louis Vuitton and Gucci have grown exponentially in China during the past five years. Gucci opened its first store inside the Peninsula Hotel in 1997 and now there are over 25 boutiques in 16 cities. Louis Vuitton first set up shop at the Peninsula Hotel in 1992 and now operates over 20 boutiques across China.
According to a TNS Retail Forward study Strategic Focus: China's Retail Landscape by 2015 China is expected to have passed the US and equalled Japan as the world's biggest market for luxury goods.''Everybody in the fashion/beauty industry recognises the importance of global markets, and currently China, Taiwan and South Korea are at the forefront,'' the make-up artist Dick Page told American Vogue last year in a story dedicated to Asian beauties.
January 12th, 2011, 04:07 AM
The key difference is if you look at the international high-end scene, it's dominated by French and Italian brands. Japanese designs are not international enough. They may have an influence within Asia but outside the continent, they basically don't exist.
Also it's cultural. I tend to find Western customers in Europe and North America not very accepting of Asian styles. That being said, people in Paris and Milan were very well-dressed.
January 13th, 2011, 07:24 AM
So all of these rankings are based on the international presence of designers. That makes sense then. But I disagree about the influence, since Tokyo women are known to be the first to set many fasion trends that western designers check up on every year for new fasion trends to introduce and sell around the world.
Anyway I guess I am comparing something else, I am talking about the actual fashion scene...as in what you see on the average person on the street. Although it's not really a good thing. Japanese youth for example spend half of their income on just fashion, it's really just a waste of money when you look at it.
If you're interested in fashion (which I am actually suprised so many guys are talking about this topic :laugh:) you will like this website:
You will notice many similarities with HK.
January 13th, 2011, 10:34 AM
So why are Western designers taking Japanese fashion trends and then using those ideas outside of Japan?
Surely Japanese designers should be taking their designs globally themselves?
And why isn't Tokyo considered one of the big international fashion weeks? Is it because they're too focused on the internal Japan market?
January 13th, 2011, 11:04 AM
Hm... it looks like HK is now one of the global fashion capitals
New York renamed top fashion capital but Asia sashays in
(Reuters Life!) - New York has reclaimed the title of the world's top fashion capital from Milan but the annual poll suggested the top five fashion cities are seeing competition from Asia and Australia.
New York had reigned as top fashion city for five years until Milan took the lead last year in the list compiled by the Global Language Monitor, a U.S. based non-profit group that tracks the frequency of words and phrases in the media, on the Internet and throughout the blogosphere.
But with the U.S. economy recovering, New York once again took the top spot followed by Hong Kong, London, Paris and Los Angeles.
Rounding out the top 10 were Milan, Sydney, Miami, Barcelona and Madrid.
"As the global fashion industry adjusted to the new economic reality, New York rebounded to the No. 1 spot it has now held for six of the last seven years," said Bekka Payack, the Manhattan-based fashion correspondent for the Global Language Monitor.
"This year's list of the top fashion capitals, shows the global fashion industry remaining in flux, with the relative decline of some of the previously leading players and formerly regional players emerging as significant new influences."
She said that in perhaps a harbinger of things to come, this was the first analysis where the traditional big five fashion cities -- New York, Paris, London, Milan, and Rome -- did not dominate the global fashion scene.
The biggest movers in the list were Hong Kong, Madrid and Melbourne.
India continued to rise in prominence with Mumbai sashaying ahead of Delhi, while Sao Paulo continued its leadership over Rio, Buenos Aires and Mexico City in Latin America.
The group said that the top newcomers to the expanded list included Amsterdam at number 17, Cape Town and Johannesburg at 23 and 25 respectively and Vienna at No. 27.
Following are the 20 top fashion capitals of 2010 and the change from the 2009 rankings
1. New York (up 1)
2. Hong Kong (up 5)
3. London (up 2)
4. Paris ( down 1)
5. Los Angeles (up 1)
6. Milan (down 5)
7. Sydney (up 2)
8. Miami (up 5)
9. Barcelona (up 5)
10. Madrid (up 11)
11. Melbourne (up 14)
12. Shanghai (up 2)
13. Sao Paulo (up 5)
14. Tokyo (down 2)
15. Singapore (up 5)
16. Las Vegas (up 6)
17. Amsterdam (first time on list)
18. Berlin (up 1)
19. Rio de Janeiro ( down 1)
20. Moscow (up 2)
Hong Kong prepares for Asia's largest fashion extravaganza
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
The international fashion industry is this week descending on Hong Kong for the Asian garment world's largest event and the second largest fashion fair in the world, outside the one held annually in New York in February and September.
The 42nd Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter (http://hktdc.com/hkfashionweekfw/) will be held from January 17-20 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and organizers are expecting around 2,000 exhibitors from some 25 countries and regions to attend.
The event is held concurrently with the World Boutique, Hong Kong (http://hktdc.com/worldboutiquehk/), which is this year highlighting the designs of Japan's Keita Maruyama, Doii Lee from South Korea, the Chinese mainland's Alex Wang and Hong Kong's Barney Cheng.
Other highlights of the week include the World of Fashion Accessories, which will display the latest in hat designs, shoes, handbags, gloves and costume jewellery, and seminars "ranging from trend forecasting to discussions of branding and garment production by international experts,'' according to organizers, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
THE HKTDC has on its youtube link (http://www.youtube.com/hktdc) presented a series of interviews with designers set to attend the fair and will be posting daily updates there throughout the week for those who want to keep tabs on all the action.
Meanwhile, mainland China, India, Japan, Macau and Taiwan will all feature group pavilions with the Japan Pavilion showcasing a selection of "edgy fashion brands" and fabric presented by tokyoeye.
This year's Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers Contest 2011 will be presided over by Martine Sitbon, creative director of Rue du Mail.
"Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter and World Boutique, Hong Kong is a grand occasion for the local fashion scene," Benjamin Chau, deputy executive director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, told a press conference held to launch the event.
"This year, the fairs continue to receive great support from fashion designers and brands from around the world, solidifying Hong Kong's status as Asia's trendsetting hub."
January 13th, 2011, 03:14 PM
LOL HK number 2? Is it because it has Bossini, G2000 and Giordano?
January 13th, 2011, 04:14 PM
LOL HK number 2? Is it because it has Bossini, G2000 and Giordano?
I think it's because Hong Kong has good air links, good English language skills, the location is convenient for most people in Asia and that there is a local fashion cluster already in place.
The luxury goods market in China is now larger than the USAs, so it looks like many companies/designers are settling on HK as a "base"
January 13th, 2011, 07:25 PM
So why are Western designers taking Japanese fashion trends and then using those ideas outside of Japan? Because they like the designs obviously.
Surely Japanese designers should be taking their designs globally themselves?They have no interest in the rest of the world. Only uniqlo seems to have that interest.
As for that list you posted I really don't understand what they are based off of. I go to Miami basically everysingle month and how is fashion high there? Miami beach is the only place that can even be considered "fashionable" and even then it's a joke for it to be higher than Tokyo.
Anyway the list says annual poll , so the list is a poll in otherwords it shouldn't be taken seriously. Global language monitor (Based in Texas) which does the "polls" only considers one criteria and nothing else..like sales, how big the subculture is etc and that one criteria they consider is only "media exposure".
This is how the list is compiled (and it only tracks english).
The list was compiled by tracking words and phrases in print and electronic media, on the Internet and throughout the blogosphere.
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The wait is almost over.
iPad 2 on sale in Hong Kong, Singapore in April
March 23, 2011 - 3:50AM
Apple said Tuesday that the iPad 2, the latest model of the hot-selling tablet computer, will go on sale in Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea in April.
The iPad 2 hit stores in the United States on March 11 and will be available in 25 other countries on Friday.
The iPad 2 had been scheduled to go on sale in Japan on Friday but Apple announced last week that it was delaying the sale of the iPad 2 there because of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
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Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said there had been strong demand for the iPad 2 in the United States.
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April 27th, 2011, 04:33 PM
After coming back to Hong Kong after 4 years, I have to say that the fashion sense improved ALOT. Wow, how come everyone looks so stylish now? I'm seeing lots of Japanese style influence.
Everyone can immediately tell I'm not a local because of my sloppy clothes.
May 29th, 2011, 01:16 AM
A lens that causes a lot of intrigue is the Nikon 105mm f/2 DC. What does De-focus Control actually mean? Kai takes a look at Nikon's very unique lens by shooting some of the street fashion in Mongkok, Hong Kong.
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July 30th, 2011, 09:43 AM
Great, really good images, I have seen all the images. You can see different girls in different designing clothes that represents a fashion. It is really the good fashion and I like it. I have searched on the link. This link is opens in flickr and gives the good knowledge of fashion. Thanks
August 20th, 2012, 04:57 AM
Hong Kong’s Hottest Couture Districts
Sat, Aug 18, 2012
They don't call Hong Kong a fashion capital for nothing. Asia's world city is definitely a shopper's paradise with all its famous shopping markets, themed shopping streets, and malls-Times Square, Harbour City, Ladies' Market, and Temple Street among them. However, you can extend your shopping spree to some more trendy shopping centers that are recently becoming every young fashionista's couture haven.
These style destinations are your reasons to get lost in Hong Kong. Be ready to shop around for chic fashion finds.
Island Beverly. Amidst Hong Kong's bustling streets is a hidden treasure trove of local, Korean, and Japanese fashion stores tucked in a four-storey building known all over Hong Kong as Island Beverly. Inside the small stores are full of edgy and funky finds-from flirty floral and lace dresses to glitter-filled knee-high boots. Fancy getting there on your Hong Kong visit? Then, mark 1 Great George Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island on your shopping map. To get there, take the MTR to Causeway Bay Station and take Exit E.
Laforet. In the Causeway Bay area, fashionistas surely wouldn't miss this ultra-feminine shopping center because of the pink arch that adorns its entrance. Laforet is aplenty with stalls selling cute and adorable Korean, Japanese, and Chinese clothes and accessories that appeal to the fashion-savvy teens. In fact, one boutique is famous for selling bedazzled shoes that could glam up any outfit. Other fashion finds here include kids' clothing, wigs, lashes, and lingerie. To get here, take the MTR to Causeway Bay Station and take D1, D2, or D3 Exit. Laforet is located at 24-26 East Point Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.
Granville Road. Those who are crazy about avant-garde style will get their fashion fix in Granville Road, also known as the Granville Circuit located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Lining its busy streets are factory outlets of international and local brands and boutiques offering budget and mid-priced youth street labels. Also around the corner is Kimberley Road, which has become a one-stop shop for people looking for wedding dresses and photography needs. To get to Granville road, take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui Station and take Exit B2. Walk along Cameron Road to Chatham Road South and turn into Granville Road.
Rise Shopping Arcade. You are licensed to flaunt after shopping for quirky and hip pieces in Rise Shopping Arcade located at 5-11 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Known to house cool Asian brands, it has some of the trendiest T-shirt designs in the area courtesy of the A Bathing Ape brand. Handmade shoes and retro jewelry also dominate the place. If you're into HK pop, check out the fashion store owned by Twins, Hong Kong's popular pop group. Rise Shopping Arcade is just a few meters away from Granville Road. To get there, take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui Station and take Exit B2.
Argyle Center. Fashion doesn't have to burn a hole in your pocket. Right in the heart of Mong Kok in Kowloon is Argyle Centre teeming with stylish yet affordable pieces you can mix and match to make a fashion statement. T-shirts, dresses, skirts, blouses, and more are within your reach at the Argyle Center. To get there, take the MTR going to Mong Kok and exit via D3.
Ready to fulfill your fashion fantasies and shop your heart out in Hong Kong? Then don't forget to bring your trusty Visa credit card with you. Your chances of earning Visa rewards and privileges increase while you enjoy your shopping frenzy from one store to another. Find out more about Visa go Shopping Indulgence at www.discoverhongkong.com
October 31st, 2012, 02:41 AM
The best thing about Hong Kong are the Tailors (http://www.lewistailorshirts.com) who can make shirts pretty much to any specification you need.
I use this one (http://www.lewistailorshirts.com) as it is on-line and simple to use. They also have some funky fabrics (http://www.lewistaylorshirts.com/fabric?Color+%28s%29=0&Count=0&Brand+=0&Origin+=0&Pattern+=7-41&Weave=0&Special=0&limit=30&cost=ASC#.UJFISmf2B8E)
May 4th, 2013, 08:22 PM
Again please move it if this is not in the right section. ;)
Hong Kong Fashion Fair 2012 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/29735106@N04/7601442492/) by ryklin (http://www.flickr.com/people/29735106@N04/), on Flickr
Hong Kong Fashion Fair 2012 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/29735106@N04/7601442198/) by ryklin (http://www.flickr.com/people/29735106@N04/), on Flickr
May 4th, 2013, 08:24 PM
Hong Kong Fashion Fair 2012 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/29735106@N04/7601443374/) by ryklin (http://www.flickr.com/people/29735106@N04/), on Flickr
Elina (http://www.flickr.com/photos/29735106@N04/7393487138/) by ryklin (http://www.flickr.com/people/29735106@N04/), on Flickr
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The grin (http://www.flickr.com/photos/asianinfatuation/8683988126/) by Asian (Street) Impressions (http://www.flickr.com/people/asianinfatuation/), on Flickr
CP 3177 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/asianinfatuation/8682872379/) by Asian (Street) Impressions (http://www.flickr.com/people/asianinfatuation/), on Flickr
May 5th, 2013, 04:59 PM
Come to me (http://www.flickr.com/photos/asianinfatuation/8682870411/) by Asian (Street) Impressions (http://www.flickr.com/people/asianinfatuation/), on Flickr
The proud (http://www.flickr.com/photos/asianinfatuation/8683984516/) by Asian (Street) Impressions (http://www.flickr.com/people/asianinfatuation/), on Flickr
May 6th, 2013, 09:33 PM
Thanks for moving the photos, hkskyline! :okay:
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Butterfly (http://www.flickr.com/photos/asianinfatuation/8679933415/) by Asian (Street) Impressions (http://www.flickr.com/people/asianinfatuation/), on Flickr
Compare and contrast (http://www.flickr.com/photos/asianinfatuation/8679931521/) by Asian (Street) Impressions (http://www.flickr.com/people/asianinfatuation/), on Flickr
May 8th, 2013, 09:19 PM
Smoking (http://www.flickr.com/photos/asianinfatuation/8679930403/) by Asian (Street) Impressions (http://www.flickr.com/people/asianinfatuation/), on Flickr
Chanel (http://www.flickr.com/photos/asianinfatuation/8668952704/) by Asian (Street) Impressions (http://www.flickr.com/people/asianinfatuation/), on Flickr
May 8th, 2013, 09:20 PM
Dancing in the strets (http://www.flickr.com/photos/asianinfatuation/8668950344/) by Asian (Street) Impressions (http://www.flickr.com/people/asianinfatuation/), on Flickr
A telling bag (http://www.flickr.com/photos/asianinfatuation/8668949898/) by Asian (Street) Impressions (http://www.flickr.com/people/asianinfatuation/), on Flickr
May 8th, 2013, 09:22 PM
Shy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/asianinfatuation/8667845971/) by Asian (Street) Impressions (http://www.flickr.com/people/asianinfatuation/), on Flickr
A pad (http://www.flickr.com/photos/asianinfatuation/8668947634/) by Asian (Street) Impressions (http://www.flickr.com/people/asianinfatuation/), on Flickr
May 10th, 2013, 07:14 AM
Hong Kong Girls in Nice Boots with Juice Boxes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/321dogs/5547909257/) by 321Dogs (http://www.flickr.com/people/321dogs/), on Flickr
香港女生 hong kong girl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyalex/8216522027/) by Leung Ching Yau Alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/cyalex/), on Flickr
May 10th, 2013, 07:15 AM
香港女生 hong kong girl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyalex/8217614862/) by Leung Ching Yau Alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/cyalex/), on Flickr
香港女生 hong kong girl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyalex/8224379332/) by Leung Ching Yau Alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/cyalex/), on Flickr
May 10th, 2013, 07:18 AM
香港女生 hong kong girl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyalex/8224359532/) by Leung Ching Yau Alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/cyalex/), on Flickr
Hong Kong Girl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertbaillie/4879993695/) by Robert Baillie (http://www.flickr.com/people/robertbaillie/), on Flickr
May 10th, 2013, 07:19 AM
Hong Kong girl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcusuke/1459013100/) by marcusuke (http://www.flickr.com/people/marcusuke/), on Flickr
Hong Kong Girl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyalex/8500528884/) by Leung Ching Yau Alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/cyalex/), on Flickr
May 15th, 2013, 07:03 AM
Hong Kong Girl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyalex/8513428580/) by Leung Ching Yau Alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/cyalex/), on Flickr
Hong Kong Girl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyalex/8735759678/) by Leung Ching Yau Alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/cyalex/), on Flickr
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Hong Kong Girl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyalex/8735832644/) by Leung Ching Yau Alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/cyalex/), on Flickr
香港女生 hong kong girl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyalex/8216564297/) by Leung Ching Yau Alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/cyalex/), on Flickr
May 15th, 2013, 07:06 AM
香港女生 hong kong girl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyalex/8217639926/) by Leung Ching Yau Alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/cyalex/), on Flickr
Hong Kong girl 香港女生 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyalex/8244799190/) by Leung Ching Yau Alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/cyalex/), on Flickr
May 15th, 2013, 07:07 AM
Hong Kong girl 香港女生 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyalex/8246620993/) by Leung Ching Yau Alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/cyalex/), on Flickr
Hong Kong girl 香港女生 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyalex/8244864784/) by Leung Ching Yau Alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/cyalex/), on Flickr
May 15th, 2013, 07:09 AM
Hong Kong girl 香港女生 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyalex/8249253027/) by Leung Ching Yau Alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/cyalex/), on Flickr
Hong Kong girl 香港女生 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyalex/8249236467/) by Leung Ching Yau Alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/cyalex/), on Flickr
May 17th, 2013, 05:20 AM
Let's be careful about posting these photos. As instructed, we're not supposed to post "girls" thread-like photos so not to get on the wrong side of search engine alerts.