FASHIONALLY COLLECTION #6 launched a collection of women’s wear for the 2016 fall/winter season, with participating designers including 112mountainyam (designer: Mountain Yam), Blind by JW (designer: Walter Kong, Jessica Lau), Effie Hung, FromClothingOf (designer: Shirley Wong), HANG (designer: Mim Mak), KEVIN HO, Lapeewee (designer: Yannes Wong), and SHERMAN KWAN in Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2016 during January 18-21.
(1) Mountain Yam (www.mountainyam.com) graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and went on to obtain his Master’s Degree in fashion design. He was an exchange student at the Fashion Institute of Technologies (FIT) in New York and an intern in the French trend-forecasting company Peclers. In 2008, Mountain Yam was awarded Overall Winner of the Design A Bag Competition and a finalist of the YDC2010. In 2014, Mountain was named by Perspective Magazine among the “40 under 40 Recognising High-Flying Design Talents of Today & Tomorrow.” In 2015, he received the Dynamic Style Icon Award, presented by Jessica Code magazine.
Mountain now has two brands, the couture, made-to-order MOUNTAIN YAM and a ready-to-wear fashion label 112 mountainyam, which has expanded to include menswear and handbags. Mountain’s clients include celebrities Karen Mok, Shino Lin, Kay Tse, Helena Law, Shirley Yeung, Aimee Chan, Kate Tsui and Angelababy. In 2013, 112 mountainyam debuted at Paris Fashion Week and in the Netherlands.
(2) Blind by JW was founded in 2012 by design duo Walter and Jessica Lau (http://www.blindbyjw.tk/), who use blinds as an analogy to the opening up of a dream world. Sharing the same passion and vision for fashion, Walter and Jessica through Blind by JW explore intricate hand drawn techniques to open up an enchanted world in their work. With two seasonal collections each year, Blind by JW’s designs can easily be mixed and matched for a variety of occasions. Walter graduated from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2007 and won the YDC Overall Winner in the same year. Jessica graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and was named “Best Emerging Fashion Designer 2009” in London by the creative group Artstalker.
(3) After dedicating nine years working for several luxury fashion brands, Effie Hung (www.effiehung.com) launched her own independent fashion label, Effie Hung. The label is a journey of exploring the possibility of finding harmony between two extremes; when technology meets art, when classic twists with modernity, conceptual meets wearable aesthetic, architectural with softness. Her woman is free, energetic and intelligent. Youthful sprite, affordability and wearability are essential to the label.
Effie studied fashion design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, graduating with First Class Honours. She was a YDC winner in the Party wear Category , and second runner up, in the 2006 Fur Design Competition. She’s a recipient of the William T.L. Yao Memorial Scholarship, Dr. Y.K. Ching Traveling Scholarship and Koo’s Fashion Scholarship.
(4) Lapeewee (www.lapeewee.com) is a Hong Kong fashion brand founded in 2013 by Yannes Wong and her partner Stephanie Wong. They believe that creativity and innovative ideas are the soul of living, every single little thing is indispensable for the creative process. Simple, meticulous and exquisite finishing is the main philosophy of their designs to deliver the true meaning of fashion.
Yannes was a YDC finalist in 2014. She worked at the haute couture brand “Cecilia Yau Couture” after graduating from a local traditional design institution - Caritas Bianchi College of Careers. To her, fashion is not just clothing but an attitude. This is reflected in her designs where clean cut and A-line dresses express a strong and suave femininity. The use of fabric collages gives each outfit a more textured feel and a sense of playfulness. It strikes a perfect balance between strong and gentle - what femininity is about.
(5) KEVIN HO (www.kevinho.com.hk), the label, was launched in 2015. It is a luxury womenswear label, which embraces sophistication, individuality and modernity. Kevin expresses these elements through designs that are fused with a sense of power and delicacy. Kevin explores this vision by creating statement pieces that combines structural silhouette with distinctive textile. It is his atypical craftsmanship that delivers a cutting edge and unique style to a modern woman.
Kevin Ho graduated from the London College of Fashion, specialising in womenswear. Before returning to Hong Kong, Kevin interned with a semi-couture British label, Yong, which allowed him to develop and hone his expertise in atypical craftsmanship. Kevin debuted with his collection “The Crossing” and received the the Party and Eveningwear award in YDC2015.
(6) Mim's label HANG (www.hanggggggg.com) - the German word for “slope” - launched in 2012, offering experimental yet wearable clothing. A lover of black, Mim won the 2012 YDC Overall Winner and Party & Evening Wear Group prizes with her collection in contrasting black neoprene and fluorescent chiffon. Mim’s avant-garde label is defined by sharp contrasts in fabric, colour, cutting, shape and silhouette, which typify her style. In 2014, she was invited to represent Hong Kong in the Asia Fashion Collection show, organised by Parco Department Store and Vantan Inc, in Tokyo and New York. The latest HANG collection is available at Hong Kong fashion store D-mop.