From Sept 4 to 7 2019, CENTRESTAGE ran its fourth edition at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The premier fashion event organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region brimmed with local and overseas fashion talents and engaging events. A total of 240 fashion brands from 23 countries were present at the showcase, which attracted close to 7,000 buyers from 74 countries and regions.
Through all the hype of the four-day event, we sifted out the names that have us nodding in approval.
The eloquent designer was also candid about his experience growing up as a gay teenager, and the struggles of finding role models to look up to. “Tom Ford to me represented everything that I wanted to be. He was really handsome, successful, and the head of a big company,” he chuckled.
But as someone who is now role model to aspiring designers worldwide, Altuzarra believes that all one really needs is “a little fire in your belly”.
The voluminous silhouettes and rich colours was a portrayal of the collective grief that people are feeling about the deteriorating planet, and at the same time an articulation that eco-conscious fashion can be exciting.
The fashion design graduate from the Edinburgh College of Art, who previously interned at Vivienne Westwood, incorporated deadstock fabric, end-of-roll waste and unsold clothing waste for her pieces, subsequently bagging the first prize for the Redress Design Award. The competition is now the biggest sustainable fashion design one in the world, with over 180 alumni designers from 32 regions to date.
With the successful closure of CENTRESTAGE on Sept 7, we can only say one thing — till next time, CENTRESTAGE (Sept 2-5 2020)!
Find out more at centrestage.com.hk