There’s something about art that attracts people with a proclivity for sartorial self-expression, and the guests of Art Basel Hong Kong were no exception.
From gallerists, to collectors, to artists and art lovers, there was no shortage of high-octane looks as people, a combined crowd of 86,000 over 5 days, turned up to view the cornucopia of contemporary art on display. And just as varied and expressive as the art were the outfits the strutted down the halls, from a mix of foreign and local guests. Ensembles ran the gamut from understated iterations of stealth-wealth to sleek tailoring in black, to abstract-print wonders that rivaled the paintings on the walls.
With the city opening its borders to the world, there was a current of excitement in the air, with the same sense freedom prevalent in the fashions. For every monochrome ensemble of minimalist splendor, there was an equally arresting visage in mandarin, magenta or lime.
With almost 200 galleries participating and works spread out over two large floors of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, comfort was top of mind. Art patrons and enthusiasts turned out in luxe sneakers, coupled with looks layered to amazing effect, creating inventive silhouettes and proportions. Here, Vogue Philippines takes a look at the fair’s most standout ensembles.
Fit to Print
From polka dots reminiscent of Yayoi Kusama’s favorite motif, to bold painterly swirls and florals, to figurative forms with a Chagall-esque innocence, pattern was clearly a fan favorite at the show. And these unique looks prove that stellar art doesn’t just belong on museum walls.
Dolly Kola-Balogun of Retro Africa Gallery posing by the work of artist Viktor Ehikhamenor
Ashley White of Almine Rech Gallery, posing by the art of Jose Lerma
Katie Alice Fitz Gerald of Denny Gallery, posing by the art of Amir H. Fallah
Sikey, posing by Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama presented by Ota Fine Arts
Back to Black
The power of black will always be irrefutable within the lexicon of fashion; its strong yet elegant hue naturally lending itself into many stylish incarnations. Witness as it presents itself the perfect foil to patterned pants, or as a ladylike statement in a dress with a sheer organza skirt, replete with pockets. It looks just as chic in a column dress layered with knits, as part of ballerina-inspired ensemble, or in supple and sexy leather, further proving its universal appeal.
Artist Victor Ehikhamenor represented by Retro Africa Gallery
Lusa posing by the art of Rebecca Ackroyd, represented by Peres Projects
David Mak and Oliver
Jencil and Ivan
With nineties and noughties fashion hitting the mainstream, denim looks and monochrome ensembles that would make Gwyneth Paltrow proud have become a ubiquitous sight on the streets. Art Basel Hong Kong’s halls were of course no exception. From cutout denim dresses, to soft grunge looks, to layered ensembles with just the right amount of slouch, check out these cool looks.
Artist David @mrstarcity White
Lai Yu Wen
Filmmaker Jaze Chan
Katy Chow of Cardi Gallery
Valentina posing by the art of Rebecca Ackroyd, represented by Peres Projects
Acid brights and delicious sorbet hues looked right at home amidst the many colorful pieces of 20th and 21st century art. Zesty, playful, and fresh, they’re an easy, and eye-catching way to make a statement and elevate one’s style game.
Mei Ng, posing by the art of David Shrigley, represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery
Wendy Zheng and Lee
Photographed by Feicien Feng of OF STUDIO HK, assisted by Haydn Yu.