Lan Yu Feature

Seven Creative Questions for Fashion Designer Lan Yu

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Fashion designer Lan Yu hails from Beijing.

Her creations — under her LANYU banner — are sometimes delicate, often seductive, and always arresting.

Known in Europe and Asia, Lan Yu is an acclaimed talent, a star continually on the rise, and we’re honored to feature her words and designs here.

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SEVEN CREATIVE QUESTIONS FOR…

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NAME: Lan Yu

AGE (if you want to give it up): 31

COMPANY: LANYU

HOMETOWN: Beijing, China

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PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR BRAND or LINE OF PRODUCTS:

High-end luxury fashion RTW line, with a strong background in bridal and couture.

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PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE:

Always feminine and elegant, timelessly chic with a modern twist.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A model walks the runway for the Lanyu collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models)
Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models.

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1. How long have you been a professional designer? And what is your earliest design memory?

LANYU has been in business since 2005. I have always been inspired by traditional Chinese artistry such as Su embroidery (which I learned from my mother and always incorporate into my designs) and China’s rich history. I decided to take my passion and my culture’s beauty and bring both to life through my collections.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A model walks the runway for the Lanyu collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models)
Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models.

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2. What has been the best design trend in the last five to ten years? And what has been the worst?

I hesitate to call this a “trend,” but I love that in recent years there has been an increase in women loving their bodies and dressing in what makes them feel beautiful, not just what the world tells them they should wear. I think that confidence is the best accessory a woman can wear, and I am happy to see the fashion world embracing femininity with open arms.

I am glad to see the world moving away from telling women that they can’t wear certain items of clothing because they look a certain way – all women are beautiful.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A model walks the runway for the Lanyu collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models)
Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models.

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3. What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve heard? And do you follow it?

“Invest in yourself.” I do follow it.

As a designer, I think you will never stop growing – my designs are often inspired by my experience and my perception of the world. My designs can only be as good as I am.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A model walks the runway for the Lanyu collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models)
Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models.

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4. What is your favorite place to shop, anywhere in the world, and why?

I love folk art, especially embroidery. Su embroidery is the tradition that has been passed on in my family for generations. In China there are many kinds of embroidery rooted in different ethnic groups. I love to visit old towns such as Jianhe (Guizhou Province) where you can still buy Traditional Miao Embroidery and see how it’s done. (Miao is an ethnic group in China).

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A model walks the runway for the Lanyu collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models)
Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models.

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5. What music, movie, book, or magazine gets you ready to sketch or brainstorm?

I love classical music – -I grew up as a ballet dancer.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A model walks the runway for the Lanyu collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models)
Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models.

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6. What is the question a person should ask you, and how would you answer?

Question: Where do you see your company in five years?

Answer: My goal is to establish LANYU’s presence in the U.S. and continue to expand the brand internationally. I would also love to see one of my dresses – either from the couture or RTW collections – worn at one of the major awards shows by an iconic American celebrity.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A model walks the runway for the Lanyu collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models)
Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models.

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7. If you could have one photographer shoot an advertising campaign for you, who would that be and why?

It would have to be someone like Annie Liebovitz or Bruce Weber – they are both such icons and I have been following their work for so long. If it was a more edgy shoot, I would love to work with someone like Inez + Vinoodh or Juergen Teller.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A model walks the runway for the Lanyu collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models)
Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models.

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Photos Courtesy of LANYU

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OTHER “SEVEN CREATIVE QUESTIONS”

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* Illustrator Bonnie Pang

* Artist Rafael Lanfranco

* Painter Laura Lancaster

* Fashion Designer Nina Dornheim

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