The catwalks at Hong Kong Fashion Week may be showcasing the trends for autumn and winter 2006, but style expert Mary Y.Y. Chan is looking a season ahead. Ms Chan, an agent for Paris-based trend forecaster Peclers Paris spoke about lifestyle trends, colours and material influences for the spring and summer of 2007 to a packed audience at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre yesterday. 'As key people in the industry we should create a new offering for consumers rather than copying looks directly off the runway,' Ms Chan said. The new season would be more about a singular look, with designers abandoning the excess of previous seasons for a 'return to the basics and an emphasis on style and design'. This new look, would emphasise the importance of theatrical and structural settings, with inspiration being drawn from literature and fantasy paintings, and old costume silhouettes. 'Structures will be more flexible and round, with a shift from luxury to mismatched shapes,' she said. Materials would be more opulent as couture and eveningwear fabrics made their way into casual and ready-to-wear. Recycled and sustainable fabrics would also come to the forefront. Colours would range from dark chocolate hues and metallics to bright tones and elementary colours such as blue and green. Six fashion shows were also held, including a group show featuring local designers. Hong Kong Fashion Week ends tomorrow with a show by local designer Hidy Ng Kwan-kay.