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Young Fashion Designers’ Contest 2021 Winners Revealed

Talent of 10 young HK designers shines at fashion

HONG KONG, Sept 14, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) –
Asia’s leading fashion event CENTRESTAGE, organised by the
Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), concluded on 12
September with the 2021 Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’
Contest (YDC). Ten promising local designers showcased their
creations at an eye-catching fashion show with celebrities
Denis Kwok (aka 193) and Bonnie Wong (aka Ah Jeng) showing
up as special guests to add to the celebratory atmosphere.
Following the catwalk parade, a judging panel of industry
professionals picked out three winners from a pool of 10 for
the four YDC awards. Champion and winner of the Best Visual
Presentation Award Cady Lee received a monetary reward
together with a one-month overseas internship sponsored by
Fang Brothers Knitting Ltd.

winners at YDC 2021 were as follows:
– Champion and Best
Visual Presentation Award: Cady Lee. Design: “Emotion the
Shift of the Self”
– Excellence Award: Toki Wong. Design:
“Zoom Olympic”
– My Favourite Collection Award: Topsy Yu.
Design: “Morning Moon”

Champion Cady Lee said her
collection, “Emotion the Shift of the Self”, was inspired by
the contradiction between imagination and reality, using
bold silhouettes and liquid-effect prints to illustrate a
surrealist aesthetic. In addition to winning first prize,
the collection also received the Best Visual Presentation
Award. “I am very surprised to receive these two awards.
Even though there were a lot of setbacks during the whole
design process, I came to the show today with equanimity.
Thank you to all the staff who provided their support over
the past two months,” Ms Lee said after receiving the award.
She added that she has gained a lot of experience through
the competition and plans to in participate more overseas
design contests in the future, setting a long-term goal of
launching her own brand.

Judges offer valuable
feedback to YDC participants

The judging panel for
this year’s YDC was made up of an impressive roster of
fashion experts and media pundits. Chief Judge was Katherine
Fang, Chairman of the HKTDC Garment Advisory Committee. The
other judges on the panel were Jonathan Lee, Senior Area
Manager (Asia) of Tomorrow Ltd; Innis Liu, General
Merchandising Manager of Harvey Nichols; Kat Yeung,
Editorial Director of VOGUE Hong Kong; Kieran Ho, Senior
Vice President-Hong Kong, Purple PR; and Jason Lam, Head of
Brand, Asia Pacific at MATCHESFASHION.

Rushemy Botter
and Lisi Herrebrugh, founders of the menswear label BOTTER,
were invited as VIP judges. Although they were not able to
come to Hong Kong to participate in the show, they shared a
message via video, saying: “Thank you for having us at the
Young Designers’ Contest. It was great to see a very
personal approach to each of the projects. Finding richness
within yourself is key and we were super happy to see this
in all the finalists’ work.”

Winning collection
showcase and sharing session

From now through to 26
September, the public can appreciate the skills shown in the
winning YDC 2021 collections at a display at Hysan Place in
Causeway Bay. In addition, various fashion creations from
Hong Kong designers are also available for sale at the Hysan
Place x YDC Collective Popup Store.

Details of the
various YDC 2021 activities are as follows:

YDC 2021
Winning Collection Display
– Period: 14 September to 26
September 2021
– Time: 12pm-8pm
– Venue: Urban Sky,
9/F, Hysan Place, Causeway Bay
– Display items: The
collections of the YDC 2021 Champion and winners of the Best
Visual Presentation Award, Excellence Award and My Favourite
Collection Award

Hysan Place x YDC Collective
– Period: 14 September to 26 September 2021

Time: 12pm-8pm
– Venue: Urban Sky, 9/F, Hysan Place,
Causeway Bay
– Brands on sale:
— Aquarellie, ARTO.,

— Gear, The Pills Clothing, VO-yage, WHY,

Winning collections photo download:
collections Hysan Place display photo download:

and Best Visual Presentation Award
– Designer: Cady
– Design: “Emotion the Shift of the Self”
– The
design: I wanted to create a collection about the
contradiction between imagination and reality. It depicts
the concept of the surreal transition and distortion from
the physical to the astral. Bold silhouettes symbolise
emotional explosions, while liquid effects depict the
transformation of real into surreal.
– Champion prizes:
(1) A cash award of HK$60,000; (2) An overseas study trip,
sponsored by Fang Brothers Knitting Ltd
– Best Visual
Presentation Award Prize: (1) A cash award of

Excellence Award
– Designer: Toki
– Design: “Zoom Olympic”
– The design: If the
Olympic Games are conducted in digital format, what effect
will this have on the participants? Through this collection,
I explore the idea of how one should cope with challenges
when situations don’t turn out how you expect.

Excellence Award prizes: (1) A cash award of HK$40,000; (2)
An overseas study trip, sponsored by MINI HK

Favourite Collection Award
– Designer: Topsy Yu

Design: “Morning Moon”
– The design: “Morning Moon” is a
historical story about the Chinese character. Inspired by
the traditional clothing of the Tang Dynasty, contemporary
craftsmanship is used to reinterpret ancient design. It
combines rigidity and softness, revealing the inner strength
of a woman.
– Prize: A HK$10,000 Lee Gardens Area e-Gift
certificates sponsored by Hysan


The Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest (YDC):


The YDC aims to promote a new generation of local
design talent, while creating opportunities to showcase
their collections in front of global and local industry
professionals at CENTRESTAGE. Organised by the HKTDC, the
contest is considered one of the most prestigious events of
its kind in the region, with a successful track record of
past contestants becoming leading designers for fashion
enterprises or establishing their own labels. To further
promote the international visibility of local Hong Kong
designers, in 2012 the HKTDC launched, an
online platform that showcases the work of local labels and
talents and links them with global industry insiders and


The Hong Kong Trade
Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established
in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong’s trade.
With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China,
the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment
and business hub. The HKTDC organises international
exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create
business opportunities for companies, particularly small and
medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and
international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date
market insights and product information via trade
publications, research reports and digital news channels.
For more information, please visit:
Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and

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