As of Thursday, January 28, 2016
HONG KONG—Designers Polly Ho and Andy Wong are known for the painstakingly long process they use to naturally dye their silks in an old-fashioned style that can take days and weeks to produce.
The two Hong Kong natives produce Loom Loop, a sophisticated womenswear line with unique characteristics incorporating East-meets-West influences. Their clothing doesn’t follow trends but tries to exude an artistic vibe that is unique to the brand.
The two will be part of a group show presenting three Hong Kong designers during New York Fashion Week. They will be on the runway Feb. 12 at Moynihan Station on West 33rd Street. Afterwards, there will be a pop-up showroom at Splashlight Studios in SoHo.
Joining them on the runway will be Harrison Wong, who designs menswear, and Hidy Ng, whose womenswear label is called Hidy N.G.
The three designers are being sponsored by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the group that organizes Hong Kong Fashion Week and promotes Hong Kong businesses.
This is the first time the council has sent a group of Hong Kong designers to New York Fashion Week since 2003. In the past, they have sent a contingency to China Fashion Week in Beijing, Sydney Fashion Week in Australia and Copenhagen Fashion Week in Denmark.
Harrison Wong has shown his menswear at several fashion weeks, where his all-black collection garners a lot of attention for its slick lines.
Hidy Ng is a veteran Hong Kong designer who last showed at New York Fashion Week in 2003. She is hoping to snap up some buyers from Neiman Marcus and other high-end stores.
Harrison Wong, Polly Ho and Andy Wong have small shops set up in Hong Kong at a recently opened creative incubator occupying an old barracks once set aside for married police officers.
The PMQ, or Police Married Quarters, was built in 1951 and had been slated to be torn down. But philanthropic forces who wanted to help designers and artists thrive had the large building in the heart of colonial Hong Kong converted into studios and shops for creative companies. There also is a rooftop restaurant, several patio gardens and research libraries to develop more creative companies.