Delicate Power

圖 Photo Eduardo Martins
Hong Kong fashion designer Kevin Ho
Hong Kong fashion designer Kevin Ho graduated from the London College of Fashion, majoring in womenswear. In 2015, the young designer won in the Party & Evening Wear Category of the Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest (YDC) for his debut collection The Crossing. 
 
In September this year, he brought his newest collection Femme Fatale to Centrestage 2018, which hosts the YDC. 
 
“This French expression means ‘a very attractive woman’, in a mysterious and interesting way,” Kevin says, when CLOSER caught up with him at Centrestage.  “In this collection, I want to combine the tailoring and cutting of menswear with very feminine details. I play with a rose motif throughout the collection.” 
 
While the pieces feature a structural silhouette of classic men’s blazers and waistcoats in neutral tones of black, blue and white, the designer also deftly uses roses of various fabrics and bright colours to highlight the femininity and delicacy of the designs.  
 
Recalling his experience since winning the YDC three years ago, Kevin says, “Since winning the competition, I’ve gained a lot of exposure and experience. I was invited to the Asian Fashion Collection show, and have shown my works in New York, Japan and Taiwan. It is a very special opportunity that has taken me to many different places to widen my horizons.”
 
The up-and-coming designer launched his eponymous label KEVIN HO in 2015.  Currently, the label has a small yet stable client base of around 50 people. 
“They are independent women who like to dress up for different occasions and dare to try out new stuff,” Ho describes. 
 
As for the next step, he plans to venture into the ready-to-wear line and more casual garments, and is also considering expanding his reach to other parts of the world.
“I’m still quite young in the fashion industry, I want to advance step by step. I want to try to join the China market, which is growing quite fast at the moment. Shanghai is one of my targets at this stage.”
 
“Fashion is about finding the right style for the moment,” Ho notes, “I think Asia is quite trend-driven.  The trend will be more about individual variety. People will be dressing up more and more in their own ways.”
 
 
 
 
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