On Wednesday afternoon I attended the William Tang show as part of Hong Kong Fashion Week. The venue for the exhibition was the Hong Kong Convention Center in Wanchai. Although I’ve heard about Fashion Week for years, this was my first time attending and I was excited to have a look.
I had a few friends modeling William Tang’s collection, so it was a good first show to catch. Arriving a little early, I cruised around the large hall checking out the different booths. Hong Kong designers and manufacturers showcase their clothing looking for distributors to carry their lines. In other parts of the building, separate halls were alloted to different manufacturing regions.
Walking around hall five, in one corner there was a large enclosed runway and stage. The total area was very big compared to other shows I’ve been to in Hong Kong. People were lining up outside to get seats for William Tang’s showcase.
The fashion show began at five o’clock and the place was packed!
The stage and lighting were far more professional than I had expected, with the backdrop and colors changing to fit the mood. The show got off to a dramatic start as a gang of hooded men dressed in black congregated along the runway. This was a great contrast to the colorful, elegant models that started walking out moments later.
The show music was well done with a range of songs from operatic to up-tempo dance beats, never venturing into over-familiar territory.
Though I’m not an expert on this type of fashion, it seemed as though William Tang put together a diverse collection with several show-stopping pieces. Particularly the fanciful evening dresses impressed me.
Designing a cool t-shirt is one thing, but creating an entire line of clothing with the complexities of each fabric and fit requires a different level of vision and artistry.
The packed house applauded when the show ended and the designer took the stage with the models and black hooded men. Unfortunately I had used up my entire battery snapping away during the show!