CENTRESTAGE, Hong Kong's premier international fashion extravaganza, concluded with a resounding applause on September 9, 2023, marking a spectacular moment for the fashion industry. Organized by Create Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), this event was not just a runway show; it was the grand finale of the 2023 Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest, celebrating the very essence of fashion, innovation, and design. This year's theme, "Everything is Inspiration," encapsulated the spirit of the competition, which provided a prominent platform for emerging talents in Hong Kong's local fashion scene.
The evening unfolded with ten promising Hong Kong designers unveiling their collections, each conveying unique stories through their creative works. Among this stellar lineup, it was Jason Ying's collection, 'Holometabolism,' that emerged victorious, earning him not only the prestigious Champion title but also the esteemed Best Visual Presentation Award. Jason, an alumnus of the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, showcased his expertise in biomorphic structure and form, seamlessly integrating his fascination with deconstruction and metamorphosis into his designs.
Overwhelmed by his monumental win, an elated Jason shared his thoughts, saying, "It's so amazing. I still can't believe it. It feels like I'm in a dream. I want to keep working hard but still need to think about what the next step will be."
Sharing the winners' stage with Jason Ying were Johnson Chong, who secured the Excellence Award for his collection titled "Last Chance Hiking With My Mum," and Tiger Chung, recipient of the My Favourite Collection Award for his creation, "Whispers From The Nomad - A Folk Horror Tale."
The fashion showcase not only celebrated the creativity and talent of these young designers but also attracted a host of celebrities, including Cantopop sensation Kay Tse, Ansonbean, Lagchun, Jamie Zhang, and featured a captivating performance by the Indie band The Hertz during the MINI x Wilsonkaki runway show.
CENTRESTAGE Hong Kong 2023 was indeed a dazzling display of innovation and creativity in the world of fashion, reaffirming Hong Kong's position as a global fashion hub. The event's success underscores the city's commitment to nurturing and promoting emerging talent in the fashion industry, promising a bright future for Hong Kong's fashion scene.
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