Thanks to strong local support and the pursuit of individualism and cre
ativity instead of copying the creations of more established brands, Chinese designers now en
joy more recognition from their international peers, according to the Chinese design community.
“Chinese designers used to have a bad reputation because there was a lack o
f originality in the past. But platforms like Labelhood and Shanghai Fashion Week have ban
ded together independent designers who believe in originality to correct this perception,” says Caroline Hu.
Hu could be seen as the beacon of creativity that illustrates the reality of the Chinese fashion scene today. Despite this being
her first outing at SFW where she was showcasing her debut collection, Hu won the inaugural Business of Fashion China Prize.
Born in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, the New York-based Chinese designer thanked Labelhood, an incu
bator for emerging Chinese fashion designers, and retailer Lane Crawford for playing a key role in her success.