'Go big or go home' seemed to be Hong Kong Fashion Week's motto at the kick-off event on Monday at the Convention and Exhibition Centre's Grand Hall. Titled Hong Kong Fashion Extravaganza, the opening show had about 1,000 guests, lasted 45 minutes and featured four Asian stylemakers intent on knocking everyone's socks off. Celebrities were out in force and even models who have forsaken the runway in recent years - Kathy Chow Man-kei, Vanessa Yeung Tsang and TVB actor Moses Chan Ho - were lured back for an appearance. Local boy Dorian Ho Kwok-ching led off with a Silk-Road-meets-Sinbad presentation, with a lot of big feathered headgear and buff topless male models in Aladdin pants. That was followed by equally colourful and grand showcases from mainland designer Frankie Xie's Jefen collection and Japan's Toshikazu Iwaya's Dress33 line. However, jaws literally dropped for Beijing couturier Guo Pei's incredibly elaborate and ornate outfits. Truly a case of fashion not function, her models resembled Thai temples and Chinese vases with legs. In some cases, not only were the dresses narrowed at the legs but the heels were about eight inches high, making any kind of mobility almost impossible. Indeed, rather than walk, you could say the girls teetered, taking tiny, fragile steps all the while trying to look graceful. Who says fashion is easy? The other highlight of the week is tonight's Vivienne Westwood show.