After Joël and Alice, it’s time for our Q&A with the last finalist of the Noël Caleb Fashion Design Competition, Peiying Lin.
Peiying obviously has passion for fashion and despite her collection being in black and white, we couldn’t but notice how great it looked and decided to give her a place as one of the 3 finalists.
Read on to find out more about her collection and if you like it, onto our facebook page and like the post! We’ll be announcing the winner on 20th of February so don’t forget to check our blog and facebook on that day! The overall winner will get his/her collection produced under Noël Caleb for A/W 2012 collection. Good luck everyone!
1. Tell us about your designs you’ve submitted for the competition. Why do you choose these designs, and how did you get the inspiration? How about the choice of fabric? Also, what made you decide to join the competition?
When I think of the theme “Mirror Mirror on the Wall”, it makes me think of reflection and its elements like shadows and angles. So I interpreted my outfits with asymmetrical and symmetrical cuts and a touch of soft fabrics to soften the looks as I want to bring out the inner strength, outer grace of a woman, in a feminine manner. There are woven and knitted fabrics for the collection as I wanted balance up the look, and the colours I used are mainly black and white, for Black symbolizes the shadow and white symbolizes the light that causes a reflection.
I joined this competition because I was really hoping to be given an opportunity and to gain a learning experience to work with Noël Caleb for their A/W 2012 collection that I have created. And also, I was very inspired by the theme of the competition.
2. If you are the winner, how do you see yourself executing your design with Noël Caleb?
I understand that Noël Caleb’s designs are mostly targeted at those who are bold enough to mix and match the different colors together. Although my collection is in black and white, I am also open to the idea of adding colours because when it comes to fashion I like mixing them to create a different look and effect all together. So working on executing the designs should not be a problem.
4. Where do you graduate from, and how many years have you been in fashion?
I took up some short courses in Fashion design during the weekends when I was working and waiting for my O levels. After that, I went to a local tertiary arts institution majoring in a Diploma in Fashion studies but quit school shortly after. I then headed to Textile and fashion industry training centre to study a Diploma in Fashion Technology (Merchandising & Marketing).
5. Who are your favourite designers? Why?
I think all fashion designers have different ways of expressing their designs but my favourite designers are Alexander Mcqueen, Ann Demeulemeester, Tsumori Chisato, Gareth Pugh, Haider Ackermann, Rick Owens and Thierry Mugler. I like Alexander Mcqueen and Tsumori Chisato for their quirky and whimsical looks, and Ann Demeulemeester and Haider Ackermann for their layered looks, drapes and avant-garde aesthetic. I also like Gareth Pugh, Rick Owens and Thierry Mugler for their structured elegance, fierce and one-of-a kind look.
6. What is your style/ influences like?
I can be easily inspired by runway trends. I love to explore the different kinds of styles and I love collecting images be it in the newspapers, magazines, post cards, websites, etc if I feel inspired looking at it. I am also influenced by different mediums like music, art, movies, etc.
7. Why should we choose you as the winner?
Since the designs I created for this collection are mainly in black and white, I think they are workable and marketable as I suppose everyone owns an outfit in their wardrobe in which is match-able with black and white. However, like I mentioned before, I am also open about the idea of colours if there is a need to inject some colours into the Noël Caleb A/W 2012 collection because I understand Noël Caleb designs are mostly targeted at those who are bold enough to mix and match the different colours together.