Su-Hui, Vancouver's newest up and coming designer has only lived in Vancouver a little over a year and a half, and has already made a fantastic impression on our city's fashion industry. Winner of BC Fashion Week's Generation Next competition, she has proven that her first collection has what it takes to impress the best.
Her Spring 2010 Ella Peru collection shown during BCFW was colorful, bright and fun. No black or grey colors allowed here! Floral patterns and spotted aboriginal prints filled her pieces with life. Su-Hui describes the inspiration behind her collection as Geek Chic. Her models that walked down the runway at BCFW, sported geeky looking black rimmed glasses from Aldo as accessories. For spring, Su-Hui created designs of high-waisted shorts, blouses, pants, skirts, a one-piece jumper, vests and blazers. "I wanted to show everyone with this collection that I can make anything and everything."
As a young girl, Su-Hui was obsessed with clothes and her own fashion. Not knowing what it was she wanted to do after high school, Su-Hui took a year and a half off to travel the world. On her travels, she found herself designing and drawing clothes. Once back in Ottawa, she decided to attend Richard Robinson, a design school strictly based on Haute Couture designs. The course that Su-Hui took at Richard Robinson was a full two-year study and taught her everything she needed to know to make Haute Couture designs.
Winning BCFW's Generation Next competition takes a lot of effort and hard work and determination in one's self and one's designs. Su-Hui laughs as she remembers the weeks leading up to BCFW, "I was so confident. I thought for sure I was going to win until I saw everyone else's designs and collections." After that Su-Hui was, like all of the new designers, a nervous wreck. But upon hearing her name being called as the winner she became ecstatic, jumping up and down for over 10 minutes before reaching the stage to accept her award! So what does a designer win for receiving BCFW's Generation Next award? A ton of interviews including a video interview with Express Magazine and a photo shoot with Angela Fama. Yet the best prize has to be for next year's BCFW - a full 10-minute show with 30 of your own looks being walked down the runway.
What's in store for Su-Hui now? Starting to think about fall '10, Su-Hui claims that she isn't good at fall at all. The muted colors, the extra layers are just not her. But "Fall is fashion" she tells me, "its your fall collection that can make or break you" She's thinking of adding silks, tweeds and a French terry spandex for some texture along with colours of maroon and light mint. She's already determined that her designs will be strictly women's, "With a Men's template you just can't get crazy enough." Also for fall and future lines Su-Hui plans to start looking into Eco-friendly fabrics and material's to use.
You can find Su-Hui's fabulous designs locally at Hum on Main Street and Planet Claire in Gastown. In Ottawa, Victoire Victoire carry her collection. For more information on Su-Hui, her designs, collections and more check our her website http://www.ellaperu.com.