A wrap of Hong Kong fashion industry news and events
Hong Kong gets a new fashion event, the release of a new coffee table book for lovers of all things Chinese and Bulgari jewellery for a good cause
Event to take centre stage
A new fashion event will be held in Hong Kong in September, giving bands the chance for international exposure. Centrestage, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), will be held from September 7-10 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. “We are positioning Centrestage to be a platform for international, especially Asian, fashion brands and designers to promote their brands and launch collections,” says HKTDC deputy executive director Benjamin Chau. “Fashion brands can leverage the show to reach buyers, particularly select shops, department stores and e-retailers, as well as fashion media and fashion enthusiasts in the region.” It will feature about 200 brands and four thematic zones: glam, allure, metro and forward. For details go to centrestage.com.hk/
Pages of history
Shanghai Tang’s limited-edition coffee table book is one for fashion lovers of all things Chinese. Published by Assouline, Shanghai Tang: From Nostalgia to Modern Chinese Chic showcases two decades of the brand’s strong Chinese cultural influence. From the otherworldly landscape of Guilin to the sculptural plains of the Gobi Desert to the beauty of Yunnan Province, these places and others have through Shanghai Tang’s products, brought China to the world in the form of “Modern Chinese Chic”. The book also looks at the brand’s history and features images of leading Chinese actress Gong Li, supermodels Du Juan and Liu Wen as well as images captured by top photographers for Shanghai Tang, including Chen Man, Wing Shya and Mario Testino.
Food and flip flops
If you’re still getting your summer staples sorted then pop into Pacific Place where flip-flop favourite Havaianas has teamed with Brickhouse for a fun pop-up. The Summer Pop-Up Store and restaurant on the Ground Floor Central Atrium runs until August 31. Open daily, it’s showcases a full range of Havaianas Brazilian sandals, available in men, women’s and children’s sizes as well as classic and seasonal ranges of Havaianas sandals, including the widely anticipated Star Wars and Disney ranges. And grab a bite of Mexican food as Brickhouse will be serving up some of its award-winning dishes. Taco me there!
Hands up for a good cause
Bulgari’s doing its philanthropic bit through its partnership with Save the Children, and its latest campaign #RAISE YOUR HAND has celebrities including Helena Christensen, Olivia Palermo, Tommy Dunn, Meg Ryan, Naomi Watts, Soo Joo Park, Carina Lau and Shu onboard, posing for photos and films that will benefit the charity campaign. A video featuring the project, created under the artistic direction of Fabrizio Ferri, has also supported the campaign.
Bulgari’s commitment to Save the Children is its new sterling silver and black ceramic bracelet, specially created for the campaign, providing a superb addition to the Save the Children jewellery collection.
Sweet and fresh
The Island Shangri-La hotel and skincare expert fresh have joined forces to present the Fresh Afternoon Tea Set and a selection of special concoctions. Inspired by fresh’s Mask Menu of natural ingredients and presented by top culinary talents, the afternoon tea set and special drinks feature four natural ingredients used in the skincare brand’s popular masks – brown sugar, rose, black tea and honey. The best news is that the hotel’s pastry chef Alain Guillet has created delicacies that are also aesthetically pleasing for this first collaboration with the skincare brand. Look out for a selection of savoury canapés infused with black tea, honey paired with foie gras terrine and a white chocolate mousse in the shape of the brand’s iconic fresh blue box. Reservations: 2877 3838