Zoning in on designer talent at Centrestage

Hong Kong designer Anais Mak and New York designer Joseph Aluzra  launched their pre- spring 2020 collections at Centrestage, a premier fashion event that ran from September 4-7 at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre in Wanchai.

They were part of the ‘Centrestage Elites’gala opening event that attracted more than1000 industry players, celebrities and fashion fans. It was followed by the Fashion Hong Kong Runway Show that showed the latest Spring/Summer 2020 collections of Hong Kong designer labels that have participated in international fashion weeks.

Now in its fourth edition, Centrestage 2019 is organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council to show brands and new collections from Hong Kong, Asian, and international designers as well as emerging designers. It is a global platform for industry players to exchange information and for designers and brands to promote their products.

With distinct thematic zones, – Allure, Iconic and Metro – the fair featured around 240 fashion brands from 23 countries and regions. It staged a series of brand and designer collection shows such as Fashionally Collection#14, three Fashionally presentations and house shows. 

Adopting a “Future Tribes” theme, the fair highlighted how designers can make a fearless future by creating new identities through the use of culture, images and aesthetics as well as making modern and fashionable brands.

Among designers spotlighted at Centrestage were Nerco Poon, Demo, Arto, Mountain Yam, Harrson Wong, Cumu11ate (Korea), Sina Noori (France) and Falcotto (Italy).

“Local designers and international brands showcased an incredible creative force, further raising Hong Kong’s status as Asia’s fashion hub. As a premium fashion event in Asia, Centrestage attracts many brands and buyers,” HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau said.

A two day Conference of Fashion Summit (HK) supported by 6 sponsors and 25 supporting organisations, also featured at Centrestage, with TCF Global CEO Carol Hanlon, among the speakers.

The four day fair was attended by 36 buying missions comprising over 1,500 international fashion buyers. Over 7,000 buyers from 74 countries and regions attended the four day event.

Open to the trade only on the first three days, Centrestage was also open to the general public on the final day. The event was co-located at the HKCEC  with the HKTDC Watch and Clock Fair 2019 which ran from September 3-7.