Silk road running rich in the territory
By ANNE PARTON
CHINA's silk road seems to run straight into Hongkong.
Sample shops in major tourist areas are filled with the latest fashions in all varieties of this naturally light fabric.
But polyester is becoming an increasingly popular alternative. For the first time, Elegance Textiles, a silk manufacturer and the first Hongkong company to develop printed polyester on the mainland, will be exhibiting during Hongkong Fashion Week.
The women's Autumn/Winter '93 collection ranges from sporty casuals and elegant daywear in moss crepes, organza in black, gold, deep turquoise and red.
Tunics, worn over trousers and skirts, are also prominent in the range.
Silk outerwear includes parkas, trench coats and quilted jumpsuits and pilot blousons where the elegance of silk is combined with a warm, windproof lining.
Dresses are longer and incorporate full, flowing skirts while suits emphasise long jackets with long, slim skirts.
Colours are subdued in tones of navy, beige, brown and olive, some with animal prints.
Jeans made from heavy silks are another novel idea from the textile giant.
These come in baby blue, pink, green and coral and are embroidered. They can be matched with jackets, skirts and bike shorts in similar fabrics.
The show's finale will feature a range of black and white co-ordinates in solids and prints.
Elegance Textiles is jointly owned by Hongkong, Chinese and American interests and has its factory in Shenzhen where it produces 1.5 million to two million pieces annually.
Its main customers are Marks and Spencer, Corte Ingles, Laurel, Kikit and Diane Gilman.
''We provide garments with more advanced and sophisticated design,'' said director Mr Paul Chow.
''Everything is done in-house from design to dyeing and printing.''