Fur design contest has everyone wrapping up

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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 January, 2013, 5:07am

While many fashion designers, such as Stella McCartney and Miuccia Prada, eschew the use of fur in their garments, not everyone is content to let fur fly.

The annual Fur Design Competition took place on Monday in the ballroom of the InterContinental hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui. Party regulars including socialites Anina Ho, Helen Rong and Bonnie Sin Sik-lai, and celebrities Marie Zhuge Ziqi, Irene Wang Yuen-yuen and Flora Cheong-Leen turned up wrapped in fur shawls.

About 270 designs were submitted for this year's competition, but only seven local fashion design students went home with awards.

Celebrity models including Mikki Yau, Jacqueline Ch'ng and Edelweiss Cheung Shu-nga trotted down the runway in the winning entries.

Wong To-ki, a 21-year-old fashion student from the Hong Kong Design Institute and winner of the competition's Commercial Award, said it was a rare chance for students to work with luxurious, authentic fur fabrics.

"I think we should separate the issues of using fur and animal cruelty because there are more ways today to get the fabric humanely," he said.

It seems Wong certainly doesn't have a problem thinking commercially.