New York Fashion Week this year was a diverse, vibrant, occasion with strong collections from the likes of Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, and Anna Sui. In and amongst collections from New York Fashion Week regulars this year, was Fashion Hong Kong. Fashion Hong Kong is an initiative developed in 2015 to advance the representation and growth of Hong Kong fashion on the international stage. This year’s cohort of exciting brands brought interesting collections influenced by Chinese culture.

Hong Kong Designers at NYFW | Photography courtesy of HKTDC

Finale Parade | Photography courtesy of HKTDC

Finale Parade | Photography courtesy of HKTDC

With his “Modern Monastic” collection, Harrison Wong returned for his second year at New York Fashion Week. After a number of successful ventures in New York, Milan, Sydney and Hong Kong, Harrison Wong launched his self-titled brand, offering contemporary menswear and apparel. For this collection, Harrison Wong combined his signature contemporary aesthetic with the cuts and layering of traditional monastic robes. His subtle use of colour and texture allowed him to fuse the two styles together cohesively, while the addition of graphic print added interest.

Harrison Wong | Phtography courtesy of HKTDC

Harrison Wong | Photography courtesy of HKTDC

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Modern Monastic – Harrison Wong | Photography courtesy of Getty

Cynthia Mak and Xiao Xiao make their debuts as the duo behind Cynthia & Xiao, with their collection “Little Emperor”. Founded in 2014, Cynthia & Xiao offers unique womenswear based on a fusion of knitwear and graphic design. “Little Emperor” was inspired by the 12 Chinese zodiac symbols, specifically the two that Cynthia and Xiao respectively belong to: the rabbit and the tiger. The graphic embroidery stood out on most pieces, with animal motifs spun out of geometric designs.

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Cynthia Xiao at Launch Collective Showroom | Photography courtesy of HKTDC

Little Emperor - Cynthia & Xiao | Photography courtesy of Getty

Little Emperor – Cynthia & Xiao | Photography courtesy of Getty

Loom Loop returned this year for another stunning collection from Polly Ho. The lead designer behind Loom Loop, Polly Ho, mainly operates in the Chinese market, but burst onto the scene with her SS16 collection with Fashion Hong Kong last year. This year’s collection “The Separated Lovers” drew inspiration from an old Chinese folk tale about a weaver girl and a cow herder, with magpies and cows being the main motifs taken from it. Her signature dyed silk patterns were evident in many of the garments, with a blue monochromatic theme dominating the collection. This was starkly contrasted with the cow print accessories, where she payed homage to her Hong Kong roots by using the cow graphic from the iconic VITA dairy brand.

Loom Loop | Photography courtesy of HKTDC

The Separated Lovers - Loom Loop | Photography courtesy of Getty

The Separated Lovers – Loom Loop | Photography courtesy of Getty

Fashion Hong Kong’s sophomore year at New York Fashion week has brought a unique trio of collections representing Hong Kong and Chinese culture, and was undoubtedly a success. If it’s any indication of the future of Hong Kong fashion, it seems that we could be looking at the future of not just the Asian fashion scene.

With special thanks to HKTDC for press materials

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