Hong Kong's top talent

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 November, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 November, 1999, 12:00am

Local designers are enjoying some well-deserved glory. After triumphant showings at Australian Fashion Week in Sydney in May, and Hong Kong Fashion Week in July, designers including Barney Cheng and William Chan are being picked up by more prestigious retailers. And later this month, a group of local designers will be able to repeat that success at a fashion show in Sydney as part of a welcoming ceremony for Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang. Cheng and Chan will join other established designers such as Lu Lu Cheung, Pacino Wan and Flora Cheong-Leen for the November 21 gala show.

What's hot Men looking to update their autumn wardrobes appear to be picking up must-haves such as mink-trimmed jeans (Dolce & Gabbana), pony-skin jackets (Costume National) and tight-knit T-shirts from Italian brand D Squared. Divisional merchandising manager of fashion house Joyce, Mark Prendergrast, says some items are faring especially well: sleeveless leather gilets, chunky knit sweaters and soft shearling coats.

Shoe shuffle The majority of the most sought-after names in accessories can be found in a new location in Kowloon. Last week saw the soft opening of the new on pedder in Canton Road, a sister boutique to similar stores in Central, Singapore and Shanghai. The store, located in the new Gateway shopping mall, carries popular shoe lines such as Marc Jacobs, British brand Emma Hope and American designers Sergison Morrison.

The cocktail party to celebrate the opening is slated for this Friday.