Teen Fashion Designer Introduces Ao Dai Collection to The UK

14-year-old prodigy Anna Hoang wowed the fashion world with her latest creation, a stunning collection of Ao Dai garments that perfectly captures the essence of the Lunar New Year. Making her mark on the renowned House of iKons Fashion Week in London, Anna's talent and creativity shone through as she showcased her unique designs to a captivated audience. With impeccable attention to detail and a keen eye for style, Anna has proven herself to be a force to be reckoned with in the industry. Her innovative take on the traditional Vietnamese attire is nothing short of breathtaking, blending modern elements with cultural heritage seamlessly. As a young fashion designer, Anna's future is undoubtedly bright, and her Ao Dai collection is just the beginning of what promises to be a remarkable career in the fashion world.

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Taking place on February 17, House of iKons Fashion Week London was a remarkable fashion show to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the organizer, House of iKons. The event showcased collections from nearly 30 designers worldwide, including the Love Collection by UK-based Vietnamese teenage designer, Anna Hoang.

The Love Collection brand by Anna Hoang debuted at the House of iKons Fashion Week London, bringing forth the festive atmosphere of the homeland during the first days of the new lunar year (Tet), while also conveying messages of prosperity and good luck, as reported by VNS.

UK-based Vietnamese designer Anna Hoang introduces her new Ao Dai collection at House of iKons Fashion Week London. Photos courtesy of Surjit Pardesi & Tung

The collection includes 28 designs for adults and children, predominantly featuring vibrant colors, especially gold, to signify prosperity and good luck. The designs made a significant impact with patterns and symbols representing the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, such as yellow apricot blossoms, peach blossoms, kumquat trees, and the golden dragon symbol. Both international models and UK-based Vietnamese children took part in the show. The audience was particularly surprised when they experienced the tradition of receiving lucky money at the event.

In addition to the Ao dai designs, Anna Hoang’s team created a miniature Tet landscape in the exhibition area of London Fashion Week, showcasing Vietnamese handicrafts and agricultural products.

UK-based Vietnamese children present Ao dai designs from the Love Collection at House of iKons Fashion Week London.

According to the teenage designer, the aim of the collection was to utilize fashion as a means to help international audiences gain a better understanding of Vietnamese culture, as well as promoting Vietnamese people, tourism, and cuisine.

Following the fashion show during London Fashion Week, the Vietnamese Ao dai collection received an invitation to participate in the largest Asian charity fashion show in the UK, the Sitara Charity Fashion Show, held at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, which is one of the top 10 universities in the UK and the world.

Anna Hoang achieved the first runner-up title at the Miss Eco Teen International 2023 contest held in Egypt. She grew up in London, UK, and since 2017, she has been involved in and initiated many social activities within her local community, helping to connect the Vietnamese community based in the UK.

UK-based Vietnamese children present Ao dai designs from the Love Collection at House of iKons Fashion Week London.

The Love Collection was established back in 2019 by Anna Hoang and Emily Nguyen to honor and promote Vietnamese culture through traditional Vietnamese women’s costumes. The designers aspire to spread and inspire love globally with the Love Collection.

“Throughout this journey, I have had the opportunity to present numerous designs and share my cultural knowledge with audiences. On the occasion of Love Collection’s 5th anniversary, marked at the House of iKons, I feel both honored and emotional to have my collection introduced. I was extremely happy when my collection and the entire team received much praise,” expressed Anna.

Hannah Nguyen