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Winners of 17th Footwear Design Competition Hong Kong Announced

reativity and Craftsmanship Featured at CENTRESTAGE Event

9 September 2017 – An awards presentation ceremony for the 17th Footwear Design Competition Hong Kong and a product parade of the winning entries were held today, on the last day of CENTRESTAGE. Recognising creative designers in the footwear industry, the competition was co-organised by the Federation of Hong Kong Footwear Ltd (FFHK) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). Guests at the ceremony included Bernard Chan, Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development; Frank Leung, Chairman, Federation of Hong Kong Footwear Ltd; Mandy Tang, President, Federation of Hong Kong Footwear Ltd; Selina Chow, Permanent Honourary Advisor of the Hong Kong Footwear Design Competition; Felix Chung, Peter Shiu, Wong Ting-kwong, members of the Hong Kong Legislative Council, and Stephen Liang, Assistant Executive Director of the HKTDC.

An annual signature event for the industry, the Footwear Design Competition Hong Kong is recognised as the cradle for nurturing and discovering new footwear-design talent needed to sustain future development of the industry. About 70 pieces were shortlisted from nearly 800 inspiring entries received this year, by a judging panel comprised of professionals from related fields. Among them were fashion designers and image consultants, such as Henry Lau, Mountain Yam, Polly Ho, and Christina Dean, founder of the environmental NGO Redress, as well as representatives from the HKTDC, design institutes and industry elites.

Entries competed in six categories: Ladies' Shoes, Ladies’ Boots, Handbag, Children’s Shoes, Men's Shoes as well as the Design & Make Collection DIY – Green Footprints Creation, the latter of which is a new category to promote environmental living. Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners were named in each category, along with prizes awarded to a BELLE Overall Champion and a Best Design Award, voted by the public via the FFHK’s Facebook page.

The entry “Infinity” was named BELLE Overall Champion, Gold Award in the Ladies’ Shoes category and Best Design Award. Motivated by the environment problem of coral bleaching, designer Joanne Li Wai-ting was inspired to use 3D printing technology in her creation. She used a white-colour theme to symbolise dying coral reefs, in a bid to raise public awareness about marine pollution.

Designer Chan Ka-ling, Chan Pui-lam and Lam Wing-yee each received two awards for their exceptional designs.

All the shortlisted and winning works are on display at CENTRESTAGE, held 6-9 September.

The 17th Footwear Design Competition Hong Kong
List of awardees (Chinese only): http://bit.ly/2gPr478
Photos of winning entries: http://bit.ly/2f6xzyJ

CENTRESTAGE website: http://centrestage.com.hk
The Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest webpage: http://www.fashionally.com
CENTRESTAGE activity schedule: http://centrestage.com.hk/en/event/schedule.php
Photo Download: http://bit.ly/2xkfJD8

At today’s awards presentation ceremony for the 17th Footwear Design Competition Hong Kong, Bernard Chan, Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, HKSAR Government (left) and Mandy Tang, President, Federation of Hong Kong Footwear Ltd (right) present the BELLE Overall Champion prize to designer Joanne Li Wai-ting (second from left). Her  entry “Infinity” also won Gold Award in the Ladies’ Shoes category and Best Design Award
Bernard Chan, Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, HKSAR Government (left), Selina Chow, Permanent Honorary Advisor of the Hong Kong Footwear Design Competition (fourth from left) and Mandy Tang, President, Federation of Hong Kong Footwear Ltd (right) present prizes to winners in the Design & Make Collection DIY – Green Footprints Creation category
Entertainer Luk Ho Ming is the master of ceremonies for the event

Media Enquiries

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Sam Ho Tel: (852) 2584 4569 Email: sam.sy.ho@hktdc.org
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