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Interview: Lulu Liu

Friday 13 July 2012
Words Spindle

Recent London College of Fashion graduate and creator of beautiful, bespoke garments, Lulu Liu, is one to watch this coming season. Her eponymous fashion label is described as “a new breed of fashion company,” combining luxury high-end fashion with cutting edge, quality pieces. Influenced by all aspects of life, Lulu takes inspiration from everything around her, from food to drama; she chats to Spindle about her early years and her new life as a designer.     

Tell us a little bit about where you grew up. What were the people like and how did you spend your Sunday afternoons?

I grew up in Sichuan, China. It is a very relaxed city where the people really enjoy life. The city is also famous for the delicious food and chilled out life style. When I was young I spent most of my Sunday afternoons going to piano and dance classes – I wanted to be a pop star or a famous artist.

What was the first garment you ever made?

I created my first garment back in middle school when I took one of my mum’s coats, cut off the sleeves and attached a pair of shirtsleeves on it.

Your work is edgy, yet elegant, what inspires you to create clothes in this way?

My work is a reflection of what kind of clothes I would love to see other people wear and I think women need unique pieces in their wardrobes to make them stand out from the crowd, but not too crazy, so that they can naturally blend into their lifestyle. Anything can influence my work; I get all sorts of inspiration from different things like food, travel, graphics, drama, and music.

What is your favourite fabric to work with and why?

I love beautiful luxurious fabrics, my favourites being wool and organza. They are very flexible and I can play with them.

Do you listen to music whilst working? What have you been listening to recently?

I don’t listen to music all the time. I love classical music, it is really calm and relaxing, but I can find other kinds of music really easily distract me.

How would you describe your own personal style and what is your favourite item in your wardrobe?

My own personal style is simple, confident, and elegant and favourite item in my wardrobe is a beautiful set of underwear.

The highlight of your career so far has been…

The highlight of my career so far was being part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout and the Zip Zone Showroom in Paris.

Words: Toni Ogle