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Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest Back in Style
High-Profile Judging Panel Led by Italy's Trussardi, Japan's Tsumori

December 19, 2007 - Hong Kong's young design talent will be on display at the Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest 2008, January 14, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The annual competition, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC), is an important event in helping the industry identify and develop young designers. At the contest's second presentation yesterday, 18 finalists showed their collections before a panel of judges. Contestants are competing in three categories: Casual and Jeans Wear; Contemporary Day Wear; and Party and Evening Wear.

More than 200 entries were submitted for this, the competition's 31st edition. The judges are focusing on creativity, marketability, workmanship, fabric suitability and overall appeal.

Presiding over the high-profile judging panel is Andrew Leung, Chairman of the TDC's Garment Advisory Committee. To help raise the contest's profile internationally, the organiser has invited two fashion world stars as this year's VIP judges: Maria Luisa Trussardi, President of Finos SpA, the financial holding of the Trussardi Group; and Tsumori Chisato, the renowned Japanese fashion designer.

Ms Trussardi runs the Trussardi Group, an acclaimed Italian fashion house for almost a century. The group's emphasis is in research and development, enabling the brand to use the finest fabric in creating a variety of leather goods and fashion apparel.

Tsumori Chisato launched her own label, Tsumori Chisato, in 1990. Her style is full of girlish flair and fantasy for the adventurous adult, earning her the Grand Prize at the prestigious Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix in 2002. Ms Tsumori has presented her latest collection in Paris each year since 2003.

Other panel members include: Peter Lau, Group Chairman and Chief Executive, Giordano International Ltd; Martin Lee, Managing Director, Tiramisa International Distribution Ltd, and designer for RMC Martin Ksohoh and Yoropiko Denim; Johanna Ho, Creative Director, Johanna Ho; Joseph Li, fashion designer; Meeling Leung, Publisher and General Manager, City Magazine; Arthur Lam, Design Director, Matador Couture; Celia Wong, founder of Da Da; and Perry Kwong, Chief Stylist, Kitterick.

The contest will be held on the first day of Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter and World Boutique, Hong Kong. Asia's two must-see fashion industry events take place January 14-17, 2008. Six awards will be presented at the contest: Overall Winner; Casual and Jeans Wear Group Winner; Contemporary Day Wear Group Winner; Party and Evening Wear Group Winner; City Magazine Prize, sponsored by City Magazine; and the Most Innovative Collection, sponsored by the YD Alumni Club.

Casual and Jeans Wear Group
Akayo Cheung - Elegance in Motion
Alaine Yuen - Gyration
Akubi Tong -
Understand Yourself. Be Yourself.
Fa Tsang - Re-Run!
Vikki Yau - Hymn for my Soul
Carol Ng - Lost in Red

Contemporary Day Wear Group

Matt Hui - The Moment
Sherry Kwok -
Innocent Girl Going to a New World
Janet Lam -
Obsessive Compulsive Self-entanglement
Vigin Lo - Habitus
Erik Tam - Wheel of Life Yiman Tang - A New Tradition

Party and Evening Wear

Kristy Tang - Still; In Formation
Lilian Tsang - A glimpse of Elegance
Josephine Lee - The Bouquet of Archaism Mil Kong - Transformation
Rachel Chan - Silver Fox Michael Lau - The Silent Closet


For more information
Please contact the TDC's Media and Public Affairs Department:

Helen Chung Katherine Chan
Tel: (852) 2584 4569 Tel: (852) 2584 4537
Email: helen.ss.chung@tdc.org.hk Email: katherine.cm.chan@tdc.org.hk

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