As most of you know, Hong Kong is home to me. Having spent my formative years here, there is a comforting sense of familiarity and nostalgia within me as I learn to conquer this city as a real live grown up. However, part of the process of settling here again after 6 years away is finding my identity in the city as a fashion designer and not a school kid. This is why local press for Book of Deer means a lot to me. As much as I believe the Book of Deer girl knows no geographical or nationality boundaries, I am pleasantly surprised that HK girls identify with BoD too. You could say Book of Deer’s particular flavour of girly and quirky is not the typical taste around these parts.
The start of 2013 brought me some very much welcomed local press interest.
First up was a spread from one of the best local mags in HK- Milk Magazine
. I used to buy Milk as a teen though I can’t read Chinese very well. Milk Mag packs a significant pop culture punch for a weekly magazine, they cover everything from fashion to media and food. I was thrilled to be invited back into their labyrinth offices to style a look from SS13.
I chose the Kindling Dress
against a sunshine yellow backdrop and paired it with some fun primary-coloured accessories. We fishtail braided the model’s long hair and added rosy cheeks and freckles. She looked super cute.
I brought along my UV light to get the dress glowing.
I love how the article turned out and am really quite honoured to have been featured alongside some other rising talents in HK.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Next, the Sun Daily
newspaper invited me for an interview about my work. This one focused more on my design career than Book of Deer and for a brief moment made me feel like I had achieved something in my quarter-life. The journalist Emily did a great job translating my ramblings into a coherent and flattering article. She asked me a lot about the early days of Book of Deer's conception and about my time at Central Saint Martins. It is strange to look back and see how much time has passed and yet simultaneously feel as though I’ve only just begun. Although each step of the process of building Book of Deer has had its challenges, I can look back now and say the thought of launching it was much scarier than the actual act of doing it.
If you are curious to see what I look and sound like you can watch a snippet of the interview here
. I can barely stand to listen to myself without cringing to death but perhaps you are curious to hear what an odd accent/voice I have. (sorry about the 'ums' and 'yeahs')
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