More colourful than I expected, Hong Kong Fashion Week never played it safe. The venue is breathtakingly huge, with runways, exhibitors and restaurants sprawling over eight floors. I was greeted by Mannie and Carmen from the Hong Kong Tourism Board. They gave me the full run down, press access to every show and backstage, and introduced me to some of Hong Kong's biggest influencers.
This label Indistinct Memory, from Hong Kong was by far my favourite runway show of the day. The designer’s attention to detail, the monochrome palette and layering technique was immaculate. I knew I had the best seat in the house. Hin’s bold take on his collection should’ve won him first place, the atmosphere was buzzing.
One of my Hong Kong Fashion Week outfits
It was 34 degrees at this point. Before boarding the ferry to Central, I was told there was a ‘Star Walk’ by the Clock Tower worth checking out. Unfortunately it was closed for renovations, but I found this awesome spot and took the chance to take some Hong Kong-style street photos.
During my flight I read in the Cathay Pacific shopping guide about I.T Store. Based in Central, it stocks some of the biggest trending brands like A Bathing Ape, Balenciaga and Yeezy. I was greeted on the first floor (yes this place is huge), adorned with colourful neon lighting across two floors. I.T is an incredible store; they stock every streetwear brand, the fit-out is dope, and the prices aren’t too bad either.
Hong Kong is an incredible destination for shopping, especially for the newest sneakers in the game right now. A local mentioned there was a Y-3 store nearby in Causeway Bay, so that had to be my first stop (Yohji Yamamoto’s collaboration with Adidas). I spent about half an hour browsing the store, talking to the staff and got to try on the shoes released just prior to Paris Fashion Week. Saving $400 on my VIP card, I walked out with a few new pairs and headed next door to the OFF-White store to look at more shoes.
The PMQ building was designed as a destination for young, local creatives to showcase their work and for visitors to experience upcoming talent.
One of my last days in this extraordinary city, venturing around the best parts of Hong Kong to get a better taste of what it has to offer. We had a massive day planned including a venture to The Peak and a visit to brand new Indonesian restaurant Potato Head.
We were served mouth-watering dishes such as the Sate Iga Babi Kecap, and their most famous cocktail, The Barong Zombie. There is a limit of two per person because there are five spirits mixed in this concoction. Fruity and delicious.
The Temple Street Night Market in Tsim Sha Tsui
Cathay Pacific currently has special fares from Auckland to Hong Kong, return economy class from $1029. See Cathaypacific.co.nz for details.