As an international hub, Hong Kong has no shortage of global brands, with flagship stores of fashion houses lining up the streets and shopping malls around the city. However, for the most peculiar high-end shoppers with an appetite for the less mainstream, luxury multi-brand retailer The Swank has prepared something special for you, as it continues to scout the world for the finest collections that are more about telling the story, and less about the trends. Below are the three highlighted FW19 creations from brands that you might not yet have heard of, but are worth paying attention to.
Antonio Marras took inspiration from artworks by Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani for his FW19 collection, and showcased his virtuosity of jackdaw maximalism by mixing rich, cultural-inspired prints from old paintings to antique wallpapers and vintage clothes. The collection is heavy in lace, embroidery, florals, and tulle that have all been arranged in disharmony for a bold and unconventional visual. Thanks to the country-esque aesthetics and colour palette of antique pink, anthracite gray, and classic black and white, the overall emotion is feminine and dreamy, adding a touch of nostalgic romance to your Fall/Winter wardrobe.
“Drawing helps you [grow] and gives a relief to the world,” explained graphic designer-turned-fashion designer, Pierre Louis Mascia. This season, he continued to highlight the brand’s print-loving DNA, and introduced a range of silk scarfs/blankets that are each printed front and back with drawings of natural motifs instead of pictures, which he felt to be ‘overrated and disposable’. All pieces are crafted and distributed by Achille Pinto, a historical textile and printing company based in Como, with special highlights including a large padded wool blanket with prints, as seen above.
Unlike the two brands above, London based menswear brand Qasimi went for a relatively more subtle textile pattern, meant to look almost cinematic. It recalls the style of cult sci-fi imageries, telling the story of a traveller in his journey of self-discovery, as well as his travels to the future in the search of a utopia away from the uncertain political and social climate we see today.
The Swank’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection has already been launched in stores across Hong Kong.