November 5, 2010

Fashion Spotlight: Q&A with Designer Adrian Wu


Dramatic and feminine is what describe the talented Toronto base fashion designer Adrian Wu. At the age of 18 using his mother’s sewing machine, Adrian taught himself how to sew and made 50 dresses in a short span of 6 months. Since then, Adrian has been offered to participate in various fashion week across cities in Canada as well the fashion correspondent for a segment on Much Music. In September of 2010, Adrian has established a store in Burlington, Ontario with the help of his father.

During the Ottawa Fashion Week, I was given the opportunity to have a quick chat with Adrian Wu where I asked him about his designs:

When did you become interested in being a fashion designer?
I started designing when I was 18. I went to University of Toronto and being buried in books just wasn't for me.

We see a lot of ruffles from your collection, is that the 'it' thing for you right now?
I like ruffles, but I love the drama. It isn't about how thin the model is, it is about getting that perfect silutte on the figure.

Is there anything other than fashion you are currently working on?
I was just published in a book called "Style Diaries: World Fashion from Berlin to Tokyo", and my website is always being constantly updated. I also have my own store in Burlington, Ontario.

For everyday street wear, what would you say is the hottest trend right now?
As of late, I am a huge fan of chunky sweaters as well as bold and chunky accessories.



Left: Interviewing Adrian with my Blackberry Style; Right: Adrian with his models at OFW


Special thanks to Shaun from badpr for setting up the interview as well as thanks to Adrian for his time. If you ever meet Adrian, don't be afraid to approach him as he is one of the friendliest and most down to earth people I’ve spoken with! Here are some looks from Adrian’s online portfolio, you can view the rest of it here







Lookbook Photos courtesay from Adrian Wu’s website

69 comments:

  1. OMG his dresses are AMAZING!!! I love love love that 3rd one in the top row!!! The colors and the ruffles and the train O MY!!!

    http://fashionistanygirl.blogspot.com/

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  2. Love the picture with the red dress! <3

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  3. His designs are magnificent!

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  4. Wow he definitely has some lovely designs! I like that red dress from his collection -- stunning!
    xoxo
    Olivia

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  5. wow cool interview, that guy sure is talented! those dresses are beautiful!

    Fashion Bag 411

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  6. those dresses are gorgeous!! lucky you for getting to interview him.

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  7. Gorgeous!! Actually, he was one of my favorite designers you featured in your previous post! I personally love all those ruffles!

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  8. Wow- you are so lucky to have met him! Great dresses- I love anything with ruffles!!!

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  9. Great interview and those clothes...stunning!

    Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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  10. I am in love with all of these dresses, ruffles, bold colors, what's there not to like? If he is also down to earth, that's another ace up his sleeves. I hope to hear more of him in the future, he sure has talent.
    Hope you have a great weekend too ^ - ^

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  11. Oh wow, he's really talented! And he's CANADIAN! Woot, woot! Great interview by the way ; )

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  12. awesome interview!! i didnt realize your from ottawa...im in montreal finishing up my degree in creative writing. i was recently featured in an ottawa fashion culture site. its called the fashion press - do you know it? they just put out a magazine!

    http://thefashionpress.blogspot.com/2010/10/blogger-spotlight-jenny-of-fashion-made.html

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  13. Great interview! I love the pictures of the styles...and I'll have to check out the book!

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  14. His design is very artistic! I love it! You look very pretty. =D

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  15. wow so pretty!! his desgins are awesome and i love what he's wearing!

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  16. he seems like an amazing designer. i love the varied styles of campaigns.
    the dress in the 8th picture is my favorite. very haute-couture-esque.
    have a great weekend love:)

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  17. His dresses are so original designed, cool and amazing! I love them all and I´m jealous that you had the chance to meet him ♥
    xoxo from Hannie

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  18. It's so awesome that you got to do an interview with him! I can tell he's very talented bc his dresses are to *faint* for.. so gorgeous, I want.

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  19. I've never heard of him but wow, seeing his work is amazing! I like the flow of his dresses. He has a good eye!

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  20. awesome fashion!!!
    babe i miss u :( been working so hard at my new job i didnt have much time to visit other blogs. I just wanted to say i am still around. xoxox!!!

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  21. I'm normally not so hot on ruffles, but this long, long dress (on the staircase) is absolutely amazing!

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  22. Awesome post, I'm so glad you got to interview him! He seems super nice and his designs are gorj!

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  23. I love seeing people who have a passion for whatever it is they do. I love his dresses; they are all so dramatic, especially that blue dress that just falls over the stairs!

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  24. Wow, I love these photos!! The dresses <3

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  25. Oh, the pillow-ey dresses. Those are my faves out of all his collection. Wow, self taught sewer? Makes me kinda want to dust off my sewing machine...ahhh. He is marvelous.

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  26. Wow, cool interview. I love his stuff. :-)

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  27. What a talent! You're lucky that you managed to catch him before he really blows up. That's crazy how successful he has already been, so young and so quickly.

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  28. All of these are very pretty! I would love an excuse to wear the gold or black & white mini dress above. Adrian is really talented, it's amazing that he is so young.

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  29. wow! am such a fan of those early working hard fashion people... I mean Its actually an honor ur lucky u have chance to interview him..:) I like his works.. seems like he is a very successful designer..

    Ruffles is so cute!! nice...

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  30. OH WOW, Look at his creations, Adrian Wu is a genius, I'm drooling over his gowns, WOW WOW WOW, thanks for the heads up, I'll definitely be googling him soon :)

    Wishing you a fabulous weekend

    LOVE LOVE
    J
    xoxo

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  31. He is seriously talented! I love his designs! He seems really cool and humble! xxoxooxoo

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  32. Hey =)

    Very good interview. I LOVE the drama and sophiscation as well. One thing grand about his fashions are though they're dramatic in print they're also simple in beauty, which is ALWAYS a plus for me in fashion. I can't stand designers that have alot of material, theatrics and the design/colour/idea as a whole says "This IS ugly, and you need to stick to you day job....whatever THAT is." So, therefore, I've decided to get on the "wu Train" and roll in style. THanks for sharing!

    twitter.com/tuesdainoelle

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  33. Just came from checking out his own collection/info......I wish he made Wedding Dresses, but inorder for me to even be thinking that wouldn't make more sense if I was in the process of getting married? Haha. Ya never know...well, one day. Can't say soon, but one day..hehe.

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  34. You've gotta love ruffles! It's great you were able to get some one-on-one time with Adrian.

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  35. His design/clothes are truly beautiful and amazing!

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  36. his designs are crazy high fashion i'm instantly in love! your life is so awesome julie, getting to meet all these wonderful people. envy, envy!

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  37. Wat a quirky sense of style-love the long green ruffled dress

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  38. 1- am back yay ,, thx for the support hun ,, and i feel much better now xx
    2-u look so gorgeous in white
    3- i loveeeeeeee all the pics ,, wow ,, just so inspiring ,, i want to take pics of myself like dat =)

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  39. he's awesome, i wish i could be like him :) nice post!

    vdcouture

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  40. His clothes are very feminine, I like them.
    Congratulations for your chat with him :)
    XX.

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  41. I like all the ruffles in his designs! I like your ruffle dress too!

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  42. The interview is awesome! You know how those designers started from going to those expensive fashion design schools but Adrian actually taught himself how to sew at the age of 18?! So gifted!

    Ps. Your little white dress is still super cute!

    Have a fabulous weekend! (:

    Sanny's Head to Heart

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  43. amazing! i'm so inspired by his story - started at 18 yrs old and pursued his dreams and look where he is now! i love stories like that, great interview :D

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  44. wow, that's amazing that you got to interview Adrian! he is truly amazing and sooo sweet in person! Nice interview !

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  45. Nice job scoring that interview! I have to say, LOVELOVELOVE your dress, it's so pretty.

    ~Em K

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  46. his designs are very pretty. thanks for the interview.

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  47. i like seeing new designers emerge!

    great post,hun!
    ^_^

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  48. I love Adrian Wu's range!! soo pretty :)

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  49. Wow great interview, i love meet new designers!

    Big kiss
    S

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  50. Good for you. I agree with him. I am also in love with the chunky sweaters and accessories.

    Hope you visit my blog. Follow if you wish and I' ll return the favor.

    http://mypretaporterblog.blogspot.com/

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  51. Wow
    That must have been amazing!
    and what a cute dress you have ^^

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  52. Wow I love these photos. The dress with the blue at the bottom is so intense... it's beautiful..

    btw, how did you get a song on your blog? I didn't know you could do that. That's neat.
    My e-mail is amandarchambault@aol.com
    When you get the time would you ming helping me figure out how to get a song on my page??

    thanks, toppedoffwitharedhat.blogspot.com
    follow me and I'll follow you!!
    Amanda

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  53. I love his work!! And I couldn't agree more with his feelings on chunky knits.

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  54. The way he uses ruffles and colour is so eye-catching. He is one talented guy.

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  55. nice interview and i love his designs

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  56. I love all of his designs! hes so talented!!

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  57. What a great and interesting interview.:D

    I am loving the red dress.:D

    ***** Marie *****
    allthingsmarie.com

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  58. Aw I LOOOOVE your dress, you look super pretty. :)

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  59. These lookbook images are great. Pretty impressive for a new designer.

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  60. Those are some incredible dresses. I'll definitely have to check his designs out! ^-^

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