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Hong Kong Fashion Week Press Conference

Only 6 days to go till Hong Kong Fashion Week and the excitement and anticipation is building up with the launch of b.yu Design's debut Autumn/Winter 2014-5 collection. Today I was invited to attend the pre-show press conference at K-11 Art Mall in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, where one of my pieces was shown on the runway alongside some of Hong Kong's top designers which I am very proud of.

 Mr. Benjamin Chau and Mr. Henry Lau

The event began with an interview with Mr Benjamin Chau, Deputy Executive Director of the HK Trade Development Council and renowned Hong Kong designer Mr. Henry Lau, sharing ideas about the advantages and challenges of working in the fashion industry in this city, followed by a demonstration of the latest make-up looks from MAC cosmetics. Afterwards the runway presentation began, showcasing works by the designers presenting at Hong Kong Fashion Week/World Boutique starting next week from January 13-16, including Aquascutum, 5cm and Moiselle.

My showpiece design, a crimson chiffon evening gown with a delicate feather-print silk train was on full display and generated a lot of media buzz, and later on in the photo call I was lucky enough to meet Mr. Chau and prominent womenswear designer Mr. Dorian Ho. The show concluded with the models posing in front of a limited edition red MINI Cooper. A great number of press and general public turned up to the event which is very encouraging as I believe Hong Kong has the potential to become a major fashion capital. This kind of awareness and support given to our industry is deeply appreciated (and needed).

Special thanks to my friends and family who came to support me today!

 My biggest supporter - my mum! :)

deTour Hong Kong 2013

Hello there! Yes it's been awhile since my last update; I have been working extremely hard over the past few months preparing my debut collection at Hong Kong Fashion Week, and with 4 weeks to go before the big launch I have been busy putting the final touches and planning for upcoming photoshoots and press events. More details will follow over the coming weeks so watch this space for updates and how you can see the collection live at Fashion Week.

I did find time however to visit the deTour Hong Kong art event over the past week which was a nice break from the chaos. Now in it's 9th year, deTour is an annual program featuring emerging local and international creative talents in the art and design world. This year instead of being in one central site (visitors may recall last year's exhibition in the former Wan Chai police station), deTour is spread across various locations throughout Hong Kong island, including a moving tram exhibition.

I went to 4 of the different sites this week, firstly at Oi!, an art exhibition in North Point featuring local artists in a beautifully converted historical building, and then to The Hennessy in Wan Chai where an outdoor pop-up shop has opened to showcase pieces from 50 different artists and designers including accessories, clothing and stationery. The Central Oasis Gallery is displaying recent works by designers from Hong Kong, Japan and Germany, and finally the newly converted PMQ building in Soho is hosting arts and crafts workshops held by local artisans.

deTour concludes this coming Sunday 8th December, so check it out before it ends, and you can even hop on the deTour tram, a specially designed moving exhibition space, classroom and restaurant at various times throughout the day. For more information on the exhibits and the tram timetable visit www.detour.hk.

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