With the current pro democracy protests in Hong Kong, this London Fashion Week show was always going to take on added significance. As much a chance to show solidarity with the people of the island as an opportunity to marvel at the gorgeous clothes, this event was an early LFW must see.
Although fashion can at times seem frivolous and irrelevant, the industry prizes freedom of expression above all, and it is exactly this freedom which is most under attack in the current conflict.
After February’s rather more expansive gathering however, this DRF event felt a little more shallow with a smaller space, fewer design areas and less room to explore the potential of the pieces.That is in no way to take anything away from the designers however, as Hong Kong’s finest certainly didn’t disappoint.
In the coming days, the Mercer Street showroom will play host to 20 of Hong Kong’s best upcoming designers, but this opening night event was restricted to just four brands: Loom Loop, 112 Mountainyam, Yeung Chin and From Another Planets.
With a focus on confident urban women, 112 Mountainyam’s new collection combined easy practicality with bright bursts of colour. Hot pants, leggings and customised Jean jackets all made an appearance in a fun and extremely wearable collection. Banana yellow, blood red and khaki were the signature colours running through the outfits with a sixties theme underpinning the styles. This theme was reiterated by the many love hearts that adorned and embellished the garments.
The designer Yeung Chin set off a fire alarm in the venue at the start of the evening, which was perhaps only to be expected given the amount of heat subsequently generated by the young designer’s new collection. Utilising his signature monochromatic style and ubiquitous layering, Chin weaved his magic over a series of outfits with see through, part embroidered fabrics very much to the fore.
The designer’s models hogged the tiny performance space at the back of the venue, performing a series of routines to numbers including Do You Hear the People Sing from Les Miserable. The song choice was very much intentional, used to highlight Hong Kong’s increasingly bloody battle for democracy.
Chin said: “In Hong Kong now we have some politics. We just ask [the government] ‘Why you don’t hear our voice?’ So this song is ‘Do You Hear the People Sing?’ and the models just wear one shoe when they walk to be unbalanced. That is because Hong Kong right now is unbalanced.”
The star of the night was undoubtedly Loom Loop, however. The brainchild of the designer Polly Ho, the brand combines a clever mixture of traditional craftsmanship with a modern approach to contemporary individualism. Centring around the traditional Guangzhou fabric, the company utilises leftover denim fabric and the material from non-shipped sweaters in the construction of its garments. For their Spring Summer 2020 collection, the brand fashioned a series of fantastically colourful outfits with dazzlingly bold combinations of pink, purple and red and some stunningly eye catching patterns.The look was completed with some eyecatching footwear made from customised trainers.
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