The 18th edition of the event runs until Thursday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and has this year attracted 1,300 exhibitors from 24 nations, according to organizers the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
It opened Monday with a showcase of 12 collections from past winners of the Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers Contest - inspiration for the next generation of designers who are hoping attention gained at the fair will help set their careers on similar paths to the likes of famed Hong Kong designers Barney Cheng and Dorian Ho.
Hong Kong is the second largest exporter of clothing in the world - last year moving more than US$23 billion (16 billion euros) worth of goods - and for that reason alone Fashion Week here has often been seen in a slightly different light than that of similar events held in the world's most famous fashion cities.
"It doesn't quite enjoy the global glamour and prominence of, say, New York or Paris Fashion Week, because Hong Kong's own Fashion Week is a more trade-focused exhibition, but that also allows the industry here to march more to its own beat, rather than follow the style dictation of the status quo," says fashion industry insider Christina Ko, who founded the Hong Kong Fashion Geek blog (hkfashiongeek.com).
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