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Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong Invites Hong Kong’s Top Fashion Designers to Present a Teddy Bear Outfit Design Competition to Support Operation Santa Claus

Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong Invites Hong Kong’s Top Fashion Designers to Present a Teddy Bear Outfit Design Competition to Support Operation Santa Claus

In support of the annual Operation Santa Claus (OSC) charity fundraising project, Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong has invited Hong Kong’s top fashion designers – Allan Chiu, Henry Lau, Walter Ma and Benny Yeung – to present a teddy bear charity sale and outfit design competition to raise money for the needy. The hotel has the honour of having the designers design and produce unique outfits for the plush bear that will be displayed in the hotel lobby from early November to end of December to inspire the competition’s participants.

This year marks the 14th year of Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong’s support of OSC. Following the artistic themes of the charity initiatives from the previous years, the hotel once again organises another design event for donors to contribute to this good cause.

With a donation of HK$90 or more, guests can purchase a 20-centimetre-tall plush sitting bear. It comes with a sketch card printed with the bear’s outline. Guests can participate in the Teddy Bear Outfit Design Competition by designing a perfect outfit for the plush toy. They can draw, colour and optionally add ornaments, spangles, trimmings or patterns to the outline; 2D or 3D designs are welcome. Individual sketch cards are available at HK$10 each for guests who wish to participate in the competition only or give their teddy more outfit designs.

Competition participants are required to submit their designs on the sketch card to the hotel by 9 December 2016.

All donors’ designs will be displayed in the two-storey-high hotel lobby from 15 to 28 December 2016. The panel of judges, comprising the four top designers, will select the four most eye-catching entries. The winners will be announced within one month from the contest closing date and the designers of the winning entries will each receive a food-and-beverage cash voucher valued at HK$2,000 and have their designs made into real teddy outfits.

Donors can visit any of the hotel’s food and beverage outlets to make enquiries, purchase the plush toy and/or design cards and submit the completed sketch paper. Guests may also contact (852) 2733 8877 for more information.

“It gives you no surprise when the fashion designers unveil their designs, be they for haute couture, chic, classic, glamorous or day wear, which they are famous for, but what makes this initiative most special is that the designers come together and make an outfit for a charity plush toy. We are very thankful for their kindness and generosity,” Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong’s general manager, Ulf Bremer, said.

All proceeds collected through this charity event will go to OSC, an annual charity campaign organised by South China Morning Post and Radio Television Hong Kong to aid 23 beneficiaries in Hong Kong and help a wide spectrum of people in need, from children and the elderly to mentally and physically challenged people.

Information on the four top fashion designers:

Allan Chiu’s distinctive vision and interpretation of fashion have earned him applauses and praises from fellow members in the industry. In 1995, he was the winner of the “International Fashion Editor’s Best Hong Kong Collection Award” and the “CSD Hong Kong Fashion Designer Award”. He is the founder and creative director of CONNESSE, a women’s ready-to-wear brand that combines Oriental elements, styles, modern luxury and traditional craftsmanship.

Award-winning Henry Lau’s avant-garde and creative design works always feature a pleasant surprise of colours and materials. Inspired by the details of everyday life, he adds theatrical and experimental elements to his collections through the use of special themes and stories. His designs are highly regarded by the local fashion scene. His creativity and boldness appeal to many. He has designed for various celebrities, including the late Leslie Cheung, the late Anita Mui, Denise Ho, Vivian Chow and Jay Chow. Upon graduation, he founded his own design company and brand, SPY HENRY LAU, which specialises in casual street style with sophistication.

The vice chairman of Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association, Walter Ma was the pioneer in Hong Kong in establishing his own label and strives his best to maintain the image and status of Hong Kong fashion in both local and international markets. Fashion to him has to be comfortably wearable; at the same time, he thinks a designer has to find a breakthrough within a limited space to present the character and extraordinary elements from simplicity. His advice to the novices in fashion design is to have multiple attempts and to gain experiences from difficulties.

“The right dress for the right occasion is the most important aspect in fashion.” Benny Yeung, one of the founder members of the Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association, has lived by this motto throughout his fashion-designing career spanning over 40 years to date, and is still going from strength to strength. His experience and knowledge, as well as his network of international contacts, have given him a powerful insight into how fabrics, colours, styles and accessories can be mixed/matched and co-ordinated to enhance different shapes and sizes to fit all kinds of occasions.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates over 100 hotels with a room inventory of over 41,000.  Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services.  Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.  The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. For more information, please visit www.shangri-la.com.

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