Absolutely horrendous!! I wonder if the
designer herself would wear those gowns!
BRING OUT THE FASHION POLICE
I say time for a change, she's still living in the 60s...
We have all been totally fed up with the
outfits designed for our Miss Hong Kong girls by TVB to compete overseas. Our
girls used to wear decent gowns at international pageants, like the ones worn by
Pauline Yeung in Miss World 87 and Miss Universe 88, and the one worn by Monica
Chan in Miss Universe 1990. I don't know when the 'watershed' was, but we
started to see disasters at least since 1993 (the gown worn by Emily Lo at Miss
Universe 1993 came to mind, and her national costume is not any better). Then
came Shirley Chow, Chillie Poon and Vivian Lee in Miss World 1995-97. Some other
hair-raising ones are Sonija Kwok (Universe 00), Margaret Kan (World 00),
Victoria Jolly (World 02), Fu Sze Sze (International 04), etc. I wonder what the
designer (won't even bother to name her here) was thinking: does she dare to
wear these dresses herself? Although we often say that beauty is a very
subjective concept, I really have not heard anyone praising these dresses as
beautiful. The most puzzling one is that TVB allows it to happen year after
year. No one is perfect, and making mistakes is perfectly understandable, but
making the same mistakes year after year is unforgivable, especially when the
problem of all these designs is so obvious that even an ordinary person can
notice it. All those furs, flowers and various stuff on the gown serve no
purpose other than complicating the gown and ruining the wearers' chances at the
pageants. I sometimes wonder if TVB actually wants its girls to fail at these
international pageants (such that they can stay in HK and work for TVB) by
designing garbage for them to wear. If this is the case (can't really think of
any other reason, unless they really think that the dresses look pretty.......),
why not simply withdraw the girls from the pageants altogether (like they do for
Miss Universe since 2001)? These gowns are awful to the extent that it is
insulting to wear them to attend a ball for clowns.
What would foreigners think when they see these gowns? That Hong Kong designers
are all like that, only capable of producing these ridiculous stuff? We all know
that this is by no means true, but sometimes one bad sheep is enough to do
severe damage, especially with the advert of the internet that our delegates'
pics can be seen by computer users all over the globe fairly easily.
Queenie Chu's gown is no doubt the epitome of fashion disaster. She has the
decent looks, good height and communication skills, and pageant fans have been
crossing their fingers that TVB would be more merciful this time by giving her a
'normal-looking' gown (our expectation has already been adjusted to a very very
low level). It turned out they gave her something as dreadful as Fu Sze Sze's
gown, and even with a hat that serves no purpose other than making her 2 inches
taller, which is absolutely unnecessary for a 5'9" girl. With Queenie's quality,
she is surely one of the best girls we have sent to an international pageant for
quite a few years, and again TVB is ruining her chances. I just hope that
Queenie is brave enough not to wear this monster on the stage. If she really has
to wear it, at least don't wear the hat.
I seriously wonder what school/institute the designer of all these gowns
graduated. Did she study fashion design at all in the past? Anyone who has
taught her should feel extremely ashamed for the rest of their lives!
The problem is not confined to the dresses worn by Miss HK when they compete
overseas. Even the dresses/costumes worn by the girls in Miss HK in recent years
have become more and more laughable. In 2001, the swimsuits worn by the girls in
the final were so painful to watch (and those hairstyles just made things
worse). The gowns worn in Miss HK 2003 final were other huge jokes. Those are
not really 'gowns'. They are just 'something' sewn with a few pieces of cloth
(of weird and unmatching colours) together randomly.
I don't expect TVB to go back to the good old days of the 1980s, because the
style of the dresses from those years may look quite 'out' nowadays, but at
least they should use their brains: have they seen any local celebrities wear
dresses similar to those awful gowns when they attend balls, charity functions,
etc.? Never. This shows that TVB's designs have very serious problems, and it's
very evident even to non-experts of fashion. That TVB continues to allow this to
happen is really degrading to Hong Kong's reputation as an important fashion
centre of Asia.
sigh. A beauty in a piece of rag.
Every year pageant fans have their fingers
crossed hoping that the contestants being sent to international pageants are
given decent gowns. Every year seems to be a disappointment.
Hong Kong is the laughing stock for bad gowns, but I don't know if TVB knows
this. How many times do I have to read pageant reviews from people around the
world saying, "Hong Kong sent a good contestants, but too bad about the horrible
To me, the down fall of all these gowns are obvious. Too much fake colored fur
in all the wrong places, too many flowers that seems to of been attached to the
dresses as an after thought, too much of everything. "Less is more", but I guess
Karen Chan has never heard of that.
I took a look back at past Karen Chan gowns at international pageants. At least
in the past, most of the time the gowns actually matched. This year, was just
horrible. Usually I would name one or two things wrong with the gowns, but this
year they've gone so overboard.
Fu Sze Sze's gown could of gone without the big purple fur, the gloves, the gold
life saver on her hips which all hid Sze Sze's figure. The gold life saver was
the worst, she's not going swimming, she doesn't need a floating devise!
Did they even try with Queenie's gown? It looks like they took 2 gowns and put
them together. The top is rustic and animal print, the bottom is elegent purple.
Usually I could think of things to take away to make the gown better, but I see
nothing good about Queenie's gown. The hat is not needed. The top is a mix of
colors that looks like someone threw up on it and the fabric on her left should
just complicates the gpwn. The bottom is 2 toned, with a blue "belt" and a
purple skirt. The frabic looks a bit cheap. Of course, what is a Karen Chan gown
without the over-the-top flowers? The gown is brown, purple, blue, green,
yellow, orange and black.
TVB just seems like they're trying to make the girls fail at the international
pageants. Perhaps they're afraid that if the girls win, they'll lose a TVB
actress. Please stop torturing the girls, and just give up the franchise.