1st Hong Kong Young Knitwear Designers’ Contest for Hong Kong Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011 presented the award winning collection entitled “China Fantasy” by Patrick Ho (the second runner-up and Woolmark prize winner). The contest provided the young designers with a precious chance to make their dream become a reality by creating something new and brilliant. Among the other contestants’ designs, Patrick Ho’s “China Fantasy” especially appealed to me and probably westerners in general due to its exotic and oriental feel.
As the name suggests, elements of traditional Chinese costume were found in the collection. Red was a key color accented with floral prints and with gold thread twisted into the fabric, which symbolizes happiness, luckiness, and opulence in Chinese tradition. The qipao inspired knitted evening dress inherited the art of traditional qipao to feature a perfect female body. What was more, the Chinese Manchu Qing Dynasty princess shoes and headpiece and the emerald pearl necklace with which the models were adorned enhanced the total look of the collection. Chinese New Year is around the corner, do you fancy partying up in the chic Chinese look?
If there is one thing I don’t quite like about the collection, it is deficiency of imagination. Instead of simply copying some characteristics of Chinese traditional clothing, the designer may try to borrow ideas from Chinese philosophy/art/culture and have them embodied in his original design, which leaves room for interpretation, and on the other hand will possibly take his design to the next level. Fashion, after all, is a cutting edge industry, designers must always stay creative in order to remain competitive.
The new comrade look
The Chinese Manchu Qing Dynasty princess shoes and headpiece and the emerald pearl necklace with which the model was adorned enhanced the total look.
The qipao inspired knitted evening dress inherited the art of traditional qipao to feature a perfect female body.
The second runner-up and Woolmark prize winner, Patrick Ho and his model