The best thing about springtime in Hong Kong, is that the city has literally sprung back to life with the usual excite and buzz about new projects and new opportunities for the year ahead. Post-Chinese New Year, every one is back on their feet and charging forward with entrepreneurial and creative-networking vigor. The trend this Spring 2012; it’s all about cross-pollination of creative ideas and the exchange of concepts for e-commerce, social network, and of course collaborative projects within the fields of arts, design, and of course fashion.
Below, Shanghai Tang Duddell Street Opens Up.
This spring we’ve witnessed the injection of the Liberatum Festival for Creatives by UK-based socialissmo, Pablo Ganguli; a new life with the opening of Shanghai Tang’s Duddell Street flagship, the rise of fashion e-commerce sites like ShopdesCreateurs and Farfetch.com, and collaborative launches from Lane Crawford with the likes of Victoria Beckham and Nicola Formichetti. In addition there was also the SCAD Style Talks, preparation for ART HK12… and the list goes on and on and on and so forth.
This is Hong Kong in the year 2012… if it’s the end of the world this year, then Hong Kong is going out with a bang.
On top of documenting the news and note-worthy, I’m keeping one eye out of course to the people and fashions that make Hong Kong the Orient’s Fashion Capital. Rain and Humidity does nothing to dampen personal tastes and styles, which is clearly the case when I ventured out to check out the above said events week after week. So without further ado… here goes some musings and snapshots from the last few weeks here in Hong Kong this Spring 2012.
+ FARFETCH.COM April 2012 Launch @ the Space, Hollywood Road
farfetch.com is the the revolutionary style portal that has fashionistas around the world buzzing. Bringing a wide network of independent boutiques right to the user, it fulfills even the most well-travelled fashionista’s desire to find and buy one-of-a-kind fashion and accessories, while getting to know the individual personalities behind each boutique’s election. The site allows one-stop checkout for purchases from multiple stores, and proudly offers free global returns.
Representing the one day VIP-only pop up in Hollywood Road’s the Space, are farfetch.com boutiques, Curve (LA), Dante 5/Anna Dello Russo (BARI, ITALY), L’Eclareur (PARIS), Henrik Vibskov (WORLDWIDE), Hostem (EAST LONDON), RA (ANTWERP), and Tessabit (LAKE COMO, ITALY).
Within the boutiques available on farfetch.com, the brands on offer are pretty diverse and include everything from Isabelle Marant, Ann Demeulemeester, Opening Ceremony, and J Brand, to Margiela, Marni, Rodarte, and Rag & Bone. So basically everything.
We met CEO & founder of farfetch.com, Jose Neves, who introduced farfetch.com to an audience of friends, media, and bloggers.
Some fashion inspirations from the night… Daniella from farfetch.com.
Kim Leitzes of ParkLU.com in flashy pink, making do with the city’s wet weather.
Tina Chu in beige and touches of pink.
Controlled-Disheveled plus Elegant.
It’s all about poppy colors underpinned by neutrals like Beiges, Greys, Blues, and Blacks. Priscilla of Electric Sekki and Carrera’s Khan-Linh.
Brew&Post Blogger, Jason of TOUGHLOVE.HK
+ Victoria, Victoria Beckham S/S 2012 Launch @ Lane Crawford, IFC
Fashion designer Victoria Beckham embarked her first Asia tour for her new youth-oriented collection Victoria, Victoria Beckham this month, making her visit one of the most highly anticipated events on the fashion calendar as she traveled to both Beijing and Hong Kong.
Victoria Beckham rounded off her tour at Lane Crawford ifc mall on April 25, 2012 to meet and greet with customers, VIPs, celebrities including Jennifer Tse and Kathy Chow, as well as media with private appointments and in-store cocktail.
My photo of Victoria Beckham 1/2
My photo of Victoria Beckham 2/2
As you can tell I was in no position to get “up close and personal” like fellow blogger ElleIconLee was able to…
or for that matter my friend Cindiddy on Instagram. I suppose Victoria Beckham is sporting braids and a cardigan to reflect the more girlish nature of the new line.
However. To compliment the youthful inspirations of the new Victoria,Victoria Beckham line… cocktails, cookies, macaroons, and ice-cream were all on offer in many a bold-candy-color-blocked display.
Virginia, Hong Kong’s FASHION GEEK.
Brew&Post Blogger, ChristingC. of Fashion Hedonism.
Time Out HK, chief fashion stylist Kawai Wong (and tough as nails interviewer!)
… in Cows.
Chinese/English Lifesyle Blogger, ELLEICONLEE.
Photographer Michal Garcia with Friend discussing cameras with me. (I know nothing about Cameras. Anyway, LIKE his FB Page!)
Cindy Ko (CINDIDDY) and her partner Tim Chang. Looking very complimentary in primary colors. She’s wearing Victoria.
Muted Violets with Tangram’s Paola and Ignacio, and Lane Crawford’s Tiffany Hsu.
Priscilla in shocking yellow and a dark muted base.
Chic in sheer-cobalt with a touch of yellow.
Julie in print.
Brew&Post Blogger, SUPERWOWOMG- Denise and Pedder Group’s Queenie in Denim.
Bag Designer, Michelle Lai of MISCHA with friend in complimentary florals and MISCHA clutches.
Fresh of having a photo shoot with Mike Figgis for LIBERATUM Hong Kong, Danielle of WHITESPACE, totally over this weather in black tank, hot tangerine shorts. (She instructed me how to take this photo, and subsequent style photos after… she knows!!! I’m learning!)
Closeups of Victoria, Victoria Beckham Dresses at the event.
Next Up: Meeting Ozzie Bloggers Gary Pepper Girl and seeing what’s what at the Shanghai Tang Flagship Launch.
Farfetch.Com Online Store / Lane Crawford Victoria, Victoria Beckham