Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Eco Chic Design Award: Grand Final wrap up

It's been a week since the Eco Chic Design Award Grand Final. Having attended for the last three years, I have to say I found this year's show perhaps the most inspirational one yet. 

Why you ask? Oh, there's a few reasons I can name. First, this year every designer who sent their collection down the runway was my favorite. Seriously, I watched and thought ooh, this is my overall fave. Until the next collection came out and I thought no wait, this one is my fave.

Next, I was thrilled to see that there were several finalists from Asia - two from China, two from Hong Kong and one from Thailand. Why this is important is because typically we think of Asian countries being places where production is cheap and big clothing companies turn to them to churn out all the clothes - Fast Fashion hubs. I like to think that young people in the industry are becoming more conscious of sustainable fashion practices.

Finally, color! I love color and was thrilled that this year there seemed to be more of it. And pattern. And print. Sigh. Need I say more? The fact that this year's winner, Pat Guzik's colorful collection won is just icing on the cake.

So, congratulations to the winners! Here they are:

1st Prize: The Eco Chic Design Award 2015/16 with Shanghai Tang winner & 
Special Prize: The Eco Chic Design Award 2015/16 with Janet Ma

Yes, that's right. This year's winner, Pat Guzik, took home two prizes: The special prize is designing an outfit for model Janet Ma to wear to a high profile event. The first prize is to design a sustainable collection for Shanghai Tang.

 "Polish designer Patrycja Guzik comes from a rural family in Poland. Listening to the stories and sharing by her grandmother, about how people during the world wars treated and saw clothing has inspired her to walk her path along sustainable fashion. Her winning collection was created using the up-cycling and reconstruction design techniques and she made her fabrics by tufting damaged textiles and unraveled secondhand garments."
2nd Prize: The EcoChic Design Award 2015/16 Mentorship with Orsola de Castro

"Cora Maria Bellotto from Spain once worked with divorced women, and had an in-depth conversation about how wedding gowns were usually being worn once in a lifetime. That makes her reflect on the life span of this celebratory garment, which now has been transformed into her winning collection with reconstruction and up-cycling techniques."

I absolutely loved the pops of color and texture on these designs and those skirts? Yes please.

This year's show also introduced the inaugural Eco Chic Design Award Alumni prize. The winner will work to design a collection to be sold in Hong Kong retailer Kapok's stores. You may recall that in the Fall I attended an event introducing the Alumni Network. While I was there, I browsed the collections of some of ECDA's alumni and even met some of the designers. You can read more about it here

The award was given to two alumni this year: Clementine Sandner (whose designs I was quite taken with at the alumni event) and Wan & Wong (alumni Kelvin Wan's designs with partner Joyce Wong).

What a night! What inspiration! I sat in the second row with the rest of the media, my friend Sandra from Style by Asia and my student Tora, who is working on sustainable fashion for her senior project. I was especially excited for her because I know she'll shake up this industry in the future. I'm so glad she was with me.

**Pictures and designer background from Redress HK media kit. Thank you!

1 comment:

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