Giving all the svelte catwalk models a waddle for their money

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 January, 2010, 12:00am

He's already a gadfly at almost every fashion event in the city, but for Wednesday's Vivienne Westwood show, as part of Hong Kong Fashion Week, Wyman Wong Wai-man has now invaded the catwalk.

A stout, bald contrast from the lanky, svelte models, Wong paraded two separate looks. One, in sheer tights, shimmering hat and an over-sized cape, made him look like a pimp from a punk Alice in Wonderland.

As he twirled and winked, celebrity friends like Miriam Yeung Chin-wah and Hilary Tsui Ho-ying hooted and hollered from the front row.

'I think people have high expectations of me. I tried my best and had a great time up there. I'm hoping my next runway appearance will be in Paris,' Wong quipped, adding he couldn't fit into any sample garments other than the stretchy tights.

The unorthodox look was styled by Vivienne Westwood's creative director - and husband - Andreas Kronthaler, who is making his first visit here. 'Hong Kong reminds me of Venice,' said the Austrian. 'It's not just the high rises (that I like), but the little islands scattered around. It's humid and misty, the city's so surrealistic. People look nice here and, oh, very busy.'

Married to Westwood in 1993, Kronthaler is 25 years her junior, but the age gap hasn't been an issue. 'She's incredible. I've never met a woman like her, never ever.'