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Fair Summary

Fair Dates : 5-8 September 2018 (Wednesday - Saturday)
Venue : Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Gross Exhibition Space : 9,625.2 sqm
Organiser : Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Statistical Data :   Brands Buyers
  Hong Kong 79 5,029
  Outside Hong Kong 151 3,671
  Total 230 8,700
    From 22 countries and regions From 80 countries and regions

Fair Statistics

(6-9 SEPTEMBER 2017)

Brand Profile

 Hong Kong Brands 79
 Brands from outside Hong Kong 151
 Total 230

Number of Brands from outside Hong Kong by Country/Region

Country / Region Number
Korea 35
Chinese mainland 21
Thailand 17
Italy 14
Macau 12
Taiwan 9
Australia 8
Japan 8
India 5
France 3
Germany 3
Indonesia 3
Singapore 3
Austria 1
Canada 1
Poland 1
Spain 1
Switzerland 1
United Kingdom 1
Vietnam 1
Total 151

Vistor Profile
Number of Trade Visitors from Hong Kong and outside Hong Kong 

Region Number % Share
Hong Kong 5,029 57.80%
Outside Hong Kong 3,671 42.20%
Total 8,700 100%

Number of Trade Visitors from outside Hong Kong by Region

Region Number % Share
Asia 3,083 83.98%
Europe 306 8.34%
North America 78 2.12%
Middle East 116 3.16%
Australia & Pacific Islands 40 1.09%
Latin America 25 0.68%
Africa 23 0.63%
Total 3,671 100%


Fair Report

- Asia’s premier event which serves as a promotional and launch pad for fashion brands and designer labels, with over 210 brands from 22 countries and regions
- Close to 40 runway shows, stunning parades and industry seminars were held during the event, offering a full vision of the latest collections and trends of the upcoming seasons
- A month-long citywide campaign with around 100 fashion-themed activities staged across the city
- Held concurrently with the world’s largest timepiece event – HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair and Salon de TE

Asia’s Fashion Spotlight

Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the second edition of CENTRESTAGE took place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 6 to 9 September 2017. 

CENTRESTAGE is an ideal promotional and launch platform for Asian fashion brands and designers. The sophomore edition of the show continued to be the centre of attention of Asia’s fashion industry, attracting participation from many international fashion brands and designers, particularly those keen on developing Asian market. Over 210 fashion brands and designers from 22 countries and regions including anagram, Beom, DEW E DEW E, DorisKath, DRESSEDUNDRESSED, Edward Achour Paris, Harrison Wong, House of V, I.N.K., Ka Wa Key, KENAXLEUNG, Loom Loop, Maison Vermillion, Maxrieny, MODEMENT, Nanhi and Yeung Chin showcased their collection at the occasion. Overseas institutions such as the Japan Fashion Week Organisation, Seoul Design Foundation, Taiwan Textile Federation as well as Macau Productivity & Technology Transfer Center also supported their young talents to take advantage of this unique platform.

Buyer attendance was enthusiastic, gathering 8,500 buyers from 73 countries and regions from key department stores, select shops, multi-brand stores and fashion e-tailers, etc. Major buyers included buying representatives from Andreas Murkudis (Germany), Central Department Store (Thailand), Dong Liang (the Chinese mainland), Galeries Lafayette (France), Hankyu Hanshin Department Store (Japan), Lane Crawford (Hong Kong), Shinseagae Department Store (Korea) and Henrik Vibskov (Denmark). More than 1,100 business matching meetings were arranged to link up our exhibitors and buyers.

Stage Time Abounds

Close to 40 runway shows, stunning parades and industry seminars were held during the event, offering a full vision of the latest collections and trends of the upcoming seasons.

Highlighted fashion shows

CENTRESTAGE ELITES – The opening gala fashion show featured the 2018 spring/summer collections of Kain Picken and Fiona Lau’s FFIXXED STUDIOS (Hong Kong), as well as Korean designer Juun.J, who staged his namesake brand’s first runway show in Hong Kong. Top models paraded the designers’ collections of these Asian fashion master, which was attended by over 1,000 industry professionals and fashionistas.
CENTRESTAGE ELITES video is available at:

Hong Kong designers were in the spotlight in the FASHION HONG KONG RUNWAY SHOW. Six Hong Kong fashion brands: HARRISON WONG (designer: Harrison Wong), KENAXLEUNG (designer: Kenax Leung), LOOM LOOP (designer: Polly Ho), DORISKATH (designer: Doris Kath Chan), Maison Vermillion (designer: Dora Chu) and HOUSE OF V (designer: Vickie Au) presented their 2018 pre-Spring and Spring/Summer collections and received critical acclaim from an enthusiastic audience.

HONG KONG YOUNG FASHION DESIGNERS’ CONTEST (YDC) has long been serving as an incumbent to nurture and identify emerging talents in the local fashion industry.  This year, the contestants competed for the Champion, First and Second runners-up, the Best Footwear Design Award and the newly added New Talent Award.   The strong line-up of judges included VIP judge Mug, founder and designer for Japanese fashion brand G.V.G.V., and chief judge Lawrence Leung, Chairman of the HKTDC Garment Advisory Committee. The overall winner was awarded a cash prize and a study trip to Japan, including a visit to G.V.G.V. sponsored by Sun Hing Knitting Factory Ltd. whilst the New Talent Award winner gained a mentorship experience at JOYCE Boutique to develop a capsule collection which will be sold at selected shops under JOYCE Boutique.

In addition to the 15 finalists competing on stage, three YDC alumni who have established their own brands namely Mim Mak (Brand: HANG), Derek Chan (Brand: DEMO.) and Aries Sin (Brand: MODEMENT) also collaborated with YDC sponsor, Mini Cooper, to showcase latest Capsule Collections inspired by MINI automobile designs.
YDC video is available at:


Trends, Tips and Visions

A series of seminars and forums were hosted by fashion masters and trends specialists. They covered a wide range of topics, including design and retail trends, fashion sustainability, branding strategies and designer sharing, giving fashion watchers the latest market intelligence:

- “The Top 10 Macro Lifestyle Trends for 2018/19” by Fashion Snoops
- “The JUUN.J Perspective: Taking Centre Stage with Korean and Genderless Fashion” by Samsung C&T Corporation
- “Fashion Summit (Hong Kong) 2017” co-organised by Clothing Industry Training Authority, Office of the Hon Felix CHUNG Kwok-pan (Member of the Legislative Council), Hong Kong Design Institute, the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textile and Apparel, Redress, Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium and the World Wide Fund for Nature
- “A Creative Take on the Everyday” by FFIXXED STUDIOS
- “Retailing in the Age of AI” by WGSN
- Panel Discussion on “How to Stand Out and Elevate Your Brand” presented by Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide
- “Hearts & Hands Behind the Masters – Japanese Craftsmanship, from Tradition to Modern” by Style Meisen, Marunaka, Uchida and Some-Zome, MUTO and DressedUndressed
- “Colour Trend for Spring Summer 2018 - Muse” by Pantone
- “The Creative Mind Behind G.V.G.V.” by G.V.G.V.

Fashion Meets the City

OPENSTAGE – public visitors aged 12 or above were welcome to visit CENTRESTAGE on its last day on 9 September 2017 to experience the magic of the fashion industry and check out the latest design from leading brands. Onsite events including makeup and nail applique demos, fashion parades, lucky draw sessions and sharing by fashionistas were organised.

“Hong Kong in Fashion” Citywide Promotion (15 August – 30 September 2017) - the month-long citywide promotional campaign brought excitement to the general public. In collaboration with over 100 partners, encompassing industry associations, shopping malls, hotels, design institutions, boutiques, beauty stores, restaurants, etc., CENTRESTAGE and Hong Kong’s fashion industry were promoted across the city with around 100 fashion-themed happenings. Some of the highlighted events included “Hong Kong in Fashion Fiesta” at D2 Place, Hong Kong Design Centre’s fashion workshops at PMQ, weekend fashion carnival at Lee Tung Avenue, "The City of Fashion" Flash Dance at Harbour City, CENTRESTAGE Playground at Hysan Place, fashion and footwear display at Festival Walk and Times Square and Street Snap Competition.

For more information about CENTRESTAGE 2017 and the pictures of the spectacular happenings, please visit the official website at
Or contact:
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Exhibitions Department
Unit 13, Expo Galleria
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
Hong Kong 
Tel:       (852) 1830-668
Fax:      (852) 2824-0026

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Marketing Insights

Indonesia Indonesian people like casual wear with sporty look.
Japan For women’s clothing, simple yet elegant styles are well-liked by consumers in Japan. Products made from eco-friendly materials have good sales in Japan because consumers like green products.
Singapore Singaporeans are not particularly brand oriented in selecting clothing. Comfort and quality are primary concerns.
Thailand Sportswear sells very well in Thailand because it’s comfortable to wear. For career women, they like simple yet elegant clothing.
Taiwan The Korean wave has big influence and young consumer like to go after Korean artists and copy their fashion styles.
Germany Basic styles are gaining more popularity in Germany. Consumers do not like extravagant designs. Fabrics need to be of high quality and meet the EU quality standard.
UAE UAE has a population of mixed nationalities, giving rise to demand for different fashion items. Consumers are willing to spend as long as they like the design. Modern and contemporary designs are especially in demand.

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