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News Article | February 23, 2017

Hong Kong Designers Launch New Collections at New York Fashion Week The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) brought three Hong Kong fashion brands to launch their Fall/Winter 2017 collections at the New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017, on 15 February. The HKTDC also staged the Fashion Hong Kong parade at New York Fashion Week, attended by a packed audience. Apart from attracting more than 430 buyers, media representatives and fashion experts, the HKTDC streamed the event live on Facebook, allowing global fashionistas interested in Hong Kong fashion to catch the show on social media. Celebrities at Fashion Hong Kong The Hong Kong fashion brands that took part at this year's Fashion Hong Kong runway show were CYNTHIA & XIAO, formed by Cynthia Mak and Xiao Xiao; HARRISON WONG, by designer Harrison Wong, and LOOM LOOP, established by Polly Ho. Local fashion bloggers as well as international fashion media attended the Hong Kong runway show, including,, The Daily Front Row, The New York Times and Vogue. Several fashionistas and beauty pageant winners were also in attendance wearing creations by the Hong Kong designers. They included Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016; Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe 2016; and Karlie Hay, Miss Teen USA 2016. The audience was treated to three diverse styles from Hong Kong. While CYNTHIA & XIAO presented knitwear pieces that highlighted Chinese tradition and handicraft, HARRISON WONG showcased understated and elegant menswear. LOOM LOOP blended Chinese folk tale with an eco-friendly technique using natural ingredients. The three showcased the richness of Hong Kong designs, highlighting the city's role as Asia's fashion capital. Fashion Hong Kong Showroom facilitating buyer-designer interaction During New York Fashion Week, a large number of fashion buyers visited the Fashion Hong Kong Showroom set up by the HKTDC at Launch Collective in the heart of SoHo, New York. The five-day pop-up showroom (13-17 February) included more than 40 business-matching meetings with renowned department stores and e-tailing platforms such as Bloomingdale's, Macy's,, and, which were invited to learn more about the Hong Kong designers' collections. Apart from the three Hong Kong brands, the HKTDC again collaborated with PMQ to showcase 15 unique fashion accessory brands, including BIG HORN, Blksheep Empire, CECILIA MA, Fabcessories, FRANCOY., Hak, LUISA LEITAO by Hong Kong celebrity Maria Luisa Leitao, MASE, Pack n' Go, POMCH, Smith & Norbu, TAT, Whosthatshop, Wingki Kwok Illustration and Yeung Chin. Some of the buyers held further discussions with the designers about their new collections and explored potential partnerships. Some of the designers' works received enquiries from several fashion retails stores. Over 200 industry elites attend Fashion Hong Kong Night Following the Fashion Hong Kong runway show, the HKTDC organised a B2B reception on 16 February, Fashion Hong Kong Night in New York, to create networking opportunities for Hong Kong designers to meet with fashion industry representatives. More than 200 buyers, industry players and media reporters were treated to a fashion presentation highlighting the inspirations behind the three designer brands. Photo Download Link: - Brand: CYNTHIA & XIAO Cynthia Mak and Xiao Xiao graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design and established CYNTHIA & XIAO in 2014 in Hong Kong. They produce women's wear focusing on bold graphics infused with simple modernity. For FW17, CYNTHIA & XIAO drew inspiration from their Chinese zodiac symbols - the rabbit and the tiger - to bring out their passion for Chinese tradition and passion for handicraft. The collection continues the brand's tradition of intricate, handcrafted detail in its winter pieces Photo Download Link: - Brand: HARRISON WONG Harrison Wong's eponymous label specialises in edgy and aggressive design that also displays an understated elegance. His FW17 collection, "Modern Monastic," took inspiration from the spare, austere cut of monastic robes, evoking a combination of venerable tradition and stark modernity. During New York Fashion Week (Men's) on 30 January - 2 February, the HKTDC showcased 13 pieces from Harrison Wong and organised business-matching meetings. Photo Download Link: - Brand: LOOM LOOP LOOM LOOP by Polly Ho embodies a mixture of traditional craftsmanship and a modern approach to contemporary individualism. The brand employs an eco-friendly technique by using natural dye and sun exposure to develop patterns on delicate Canton silk. Her FW17 collection "The Separated Lovers", was inspired by a Chinese folk tale of two separated lovers, the Weaver Girl and the Cowherd, featuring prints of magpies and cows. The cow print also pays homage to an iconic image from a Hong Kong chocolate milk brand. Photo Download Link: Recommended by the HKTDC, Kevin Ho made his New York Fashion Week debut showcasing his 2017 FW collection to represent Hong Kong at the Asia Fashion Collection 2016. Photo Download Link: To view press releases in Chinese, please visit About HKTDC Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: Follow us on Google+, Twitter @hktdc, LinkedIn. Google+: Twitter: LinkedIn: Contact:

Ramya K.,College of Arts and Design | Maheshwari V.,College of Arts and Design
International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences | Year: 2014

Mosquito repellent textiles are one of the revolutionary ways to promote the textile field by providing the much-demanded features of driving away mosquitoes, particularly in the tropical regions. It protects the human beings from the sting of mosquitoes and thereby promising safety from the mosquito-carried diseases. This work is a small effort in developing an Eco friendly mosquito repellent finished fabric using the herbal extract of the Andrographis paniculata plant. The selections are finished onto the fabric by direct application and microencapsulation method and evaluated using a Mosquito Repellency Behavioural test. As the textile fabrics are subjected to washing, the wash durability of the finished fabrics was evaluated at three intervals - 10, 20 and 30 washes. After finishing, the finished fabrics showed 96% of repellent activity for direct application method and 94% activity for microencapsulation method. The microencapsulation method showed good mosquito repellent activity upto 30 washes whereas the direct application method showed was only up to 10 washes. This study helps in the development of a mosquito repellent fabric which protects the human beings from the mosquito bites and thereby promising safety from the mosquito borne diseases.

Yuan L.,College of Arts and Design
Energy, Environment and Green Building Materials - Proceedings of the International Conference on Energy, Environment and Green Building Materials, EEGBM 2014 | Year: 2015

This article is a contribution and comparative studies to assess the proportion of the central air conditioning for fresh air heat recovery technology, will commence in the contrast between residents and public buildings. And domestic different stage in Germany’s policies and regulations are more concerned about energy efficiency of residential buildings. But in fact, the domestic fresh air heat recovery technology in the non-residential building-level application has a vast market. © 2015 Taylor & Francis Group, London.

Kumar A.R.,College of Arts and Design
International Journal of Civil Engineering and Technology | Year: 2017

Heritage structures perform vital role in nation's history, culture and signify the richness of it. To augment life and enhance strength, their conservation is very important for the future generations to have knowledge about how mankind lived in past ages. (Preserving and restoring monuments and historic buildings, 1972)Today, demographic and economic changes threaten, as never before, the survival of our cultural heritage. Hence, arises a need for conservation to keep the monuments in good condition and restoring the structure to its normal static and functional condition. (HakkiO.Ozhan, 2014) This paper is an attempt to identify the common defects and problems faced in old structures by taking a case example of the tombs of Nakodar and identifying the methods adopted in the past to undertake conservation while respecting structure's cultural integrity. It has been found that there are number of intrinsic as well as extrinsic causes responsible for decay of the building. Thus this paper is an attempt to facilitate the work of a conservation-architect by providing necessary information required for the conservation and restoration of a historic monument and to devise a systematic approach towards handling these issues. © IAEME Publication.

Al-Shibi H.I.H.,College of Arts and Design
Pakistan Textile Journal | Year: 2015

This article reports an experimental investigation into the effect of fabric type, seam type and the type of stitch on the seam strength, seam efficiency and rating of seam pucker of workwear cotton: polyester blended fabrics. The rating of seam pucke was assessed subjectively. A statistical analysis using Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), to measure the significance of each factor was conducted. A quantitative relationship between these properties and the percentage of cotton in the cotton: polyester workwear fabrics were established. The findings of this study revealed that as the percentage of cotton fiber increases, seam strength increases. Seam efficiency is significantly affected by fabric type, seam and stitch types. It was found that the percentage of cotton fibers had the most influence on seam puckering. Increasing the percentage of cotton fiber enhanced the seam puckering significantly.

Salah F.,Philadelphia University | Abdalla H.,College of Arts and Design
International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology | Year: 2011

This paper presents a knowledge-based system to enhance creative conceptual design. Market globalisation and technology advances require fast adaptation to customer needs by being creative and competent. Current practices in design constituted the basis for the developed Creative Design Tools (CDTs) system architecture. The developed system provides users with and integrated and flexible creative design environment to enhance their creative conceptual thinking. Such design environment requires the integration of many components namely: design process, creative tools and design knowledge within a highly collaborative interactive human-computer interface. The CDT system was implemented as a web application, which was integrated with various creative methods. Copyright © 2011 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Ratto M.,University of California at San Diego | Ree R.,College of Arts and Design
First Monday | Year: 2012

Digital desktop fabrication technologies such as 3D printing are currently being lauded in the popular press as a potentially socially transformative technology. We somewhat agree, arguing that 3D printing holds great socioeconomic implications, but also that more sustained attention should be paid to the ways in which 3D printing is entering into our creative environments. Our focus in this article is on the use of rapid prototyping by creatives such as architects, designers, and DIY advocates, since it is within these contexts where the popular themes of 3D printing are currently most concrete. To this end, in section one we provide some background for desktop digital fabrication, contextualizing 3D printing within industrial processes and Maker subcultures. In section two, we summarize our environmental scan of relevant popular and academic literature, using this to identify key trends in this area. We supplement this discussion in section three using our analysis of a 'critical making' session that took participants through a process of designing and printing simple objects as well as follow-up interviews with these participants. In the concluding section, we target four areas in need of future research.

Sumithra M.,College of Arts and Design | Vasugi Raaja N.,Avinashilingam University For Women
Indian Journal of Fibre and Textile Research | Year: 2012

The present study focuses on the micro-encapsulation and nano-encapsulation to the 100% cotton denim fabric using three herbal extracts of Ricinus communis, Senna auriculata and Euphorbia hirta to impart their antimicrobial efficiency by finishing the methanol extracts of these herbs on the denim fabric. The combinations of the herbal extract mix Ricinus communis + Senna auriculata + Euphorbia hirta (1:3:2) and the conditions used as per the AATCC 147 (20kgf/cm2 pressure and 20m/min rpm speed) for direct application to denim using exhaustion method give the best results in terms of antimicrobial efficiency. To enhance the durability of the finished fabric, micro-encapsulation and nano-encapsulation of the herbal extracts are performed and the results show good resistance for microbes even after 30 industrial washes against the test bacterial strains.

Cohen N.,College of Arts and Design
Innovative Higher Education | Year: 2010

This article demonstrates the educational value of an undergraduate course that integrates design and the liberal arts to teach about ecological systems, using study of the university campus as the means to connect theory and practice. It presents the curricular goals, objectives, results, and lessons learned from a qualitative case study of a cross-disciplinary course that required design and liberal arts students to develop innovative solutions to improve the sustainability of The New School's food system. Student and faculty evaluations suggest that an integrated design and liberal arts course can be an effective and enjoyable method to learn about sustainability and urban systems; and it helps students learn different techniques for research, problem-solving, and communication. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009.

Ribbens W.,Catholic University of Leuven | Malliet S.,College of Arts and Design
Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments | Year: 2010

A quantitative exploration is presented of the concept of perceived digital game realism, based upon the frameworks described by Malliet (2006), and Shapiro, Pen ̃a-Herborn, and Hancock (2006). The concepts and categories outlined in both studies are complemented with an additional literature study and subjected to an exploratory factor analysis. Principal axis factoring was performed on items completed by 385 respondents whose ages ranged between 15 and 19 years. Seven factors of perceived game realism were identified: simulation, freedom of choice, character involvement, perceptual pervasiveness, authenticity regarding subject matter, authenticity regarding characters, and social realism. These findings are to a considerable extent congruent with the theoretical framework. © 2011 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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