Hue Le of Willow & Grace creates quirky designs with intricate detailing, all produced on a made-to-order basis so customers can be sure their new wardrobe staple is very limited edition. Deputy editor Lucy Ahern sat down with the Best Emerging Designer finalist to pick her brain on personal style, the best ways to relax, and her favourite AFF events.
TUS: What do you love most about designing?
Le: Everything from pattern-making, sewing and doing the production for each garment.
How did you get started in fashion?
It is something I have always wanted to do. After high school I studied fashion at TAFE, and my love for fashion continues to grow.
Describe your personal style?
Dressy day wear. Life is too short to save clothes for a special occasion.
Op shop, high street or luxe labels?
Favourite place to shop in Adelaide?
What are your absolute wardrobe staples?
Underwear…joking! But skinny jeans and t-shirts are always good.
Worst fashion faux pas?
Leggings worn with a crop top.
Best way to relax?
Reading and gardening – God, I sound old!
Favourite event on the AFF calendar?
The SA Designer Showcase. And I always try to go to the TAFE Graduation parade.
Where did your inspiration for this collection stem from?
Fabric manipulation, bright colours, Summer time.
What are the greatest challenges facing the Australian fashion industry?
I would like my garments to be made in Australia, but there aren’t many manufacturing companies left in Australia, so that will be a challenge later down the track.
What will you do if you take out the Best Emerging Designer award?
Jump for joy!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully still doing what I love, and having my own studio space – not working from my garage!
Published at The Urban Silhouette.