I have often pondered the pacing of trends that occur in Hong Kong in comparisom to London, my two hometowns. Some trends are in more of an advanced stage of development or are waning. Some are a little slower to catch on than in London. Some are peculiar to Hong Kong altogether. As London latches onto things going on the catwalk quite quickly (sometimes too rapidly) and catwalk carbon copies will be instores faster than the designers can get their collection into production. Hong Kong similarly is fast in adopting new trends but is a bit more selective and interprets trends to suit their own market. Here are some trends I observed whilst I was out there.
Patent - Absolutely all over the place in Hong Kong. You can't get away from the stuff. Evident to a lesser degree in the UK. I mean, you have some but it's not in available in all the colours of the rainbow like it is in HK.
Loose dresses - Hong Kong girls have always favoured a looser sillhouette so in fact this sack-like dress is pretty much a permanent fixture. // Animal print - Hong Kong can suffer from 'Peter Pan' syndrome when it comes to clothes. i.e. looking like a cute girl is preferable to sophisticated woman. So where leopard print turned up on smart jackets and shirts in London, they have reined the prints in by putting them on huge casual totes.
Red - Another permant fixture what with red being looked upon as a lucky colour in Chinese culture but there was definitely a whole lot more red this year. Quite possibly an influence from catwalks.
Volume - Again, loose has always been a fave so skirts with big puffs or this poofy trench were always around but like the red, with a bigger presence. Trompe D'Oeil - I remember shirts with ties printed on them around like five years ago in Hong Kong. Certainly it has only been the past year or so that it's reached London.
Layering - Well, my love for layering did come from Hong Kong so yes, this season's trend elsewhere is just a routine in HK. // Pointy Trainers - I do think of these shoes as quite a 'London' thing, probably because of the shoe label Swear. These have really kicked off in HK.
Found Object Jewellery - Tatty Devine is pretty much responsible for this jewellery trend.
Quite clearly, I think too much about these things. Whilst I should be thinking about buying a flat and getting a mortgage, I'm contemplating how patent looks different in London and Hong Kong. I doubt that's going to change for 2007.....