fashion • 16 May, 2017
Tai Le Debuts SS17 Collection ‘The Space’ In New York
We spoke the Parsons graduate about his latest collection and being a designer
Tai Le is chasing dreams. This week he will complete one of them when he graduates from the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York City. Previously featured here when we wrote about his work being displayed at the AREA Gallery in Boston, the Hanoi-native is about to show his Spring/Summer graduation collection at Parsons, called ‘The Space’.
Continually inspired by the buildings all around him - living in New York has its pluses - Tai says he wanted the shapes in this collection to be geometric and unwearable at first glance, but ‘soft and comfortable’ once on. “This collection is inspired by the movement of bodies in architectural space” he says, “and what we wear on our bodies each day is the closest relationship we have with ourselves.” Constructed using silk from Ha Dong, recycled wrapping paper and neoprene, Tai describes his latest collection as ‘futuristic, modern and sporty'.
Nominated for Parsons Student of the Year in 2017, and one of three finalists to represent the school at Zara's “Shape the Invisible” competition in their headquarters in Spain, we’re expecting big things from this young man. But what’s most important to Tai? “Knowing who I truly am and what my dreams are.”
Well said. Read our chat and check out his collection below.
How do you put a collection together? What's your inspiration?
Most of my design mood comes from modern architecture as well as interior design elements such as space, lines, shapes and geometry. I often start looking at trends, colors and different angles, then I try to keep my design clean and simple. Pastel blue, white and grey are the core colours of my brand.
When did you first become interested in fashion?
As a very young child. I grew up around my family who are all artists in Hanoi including painters, music composers, dancers and educators. As a boy I used to attend a lot of art events with my family. It was then that my passion for art and clothing began. In addition, I've been living abroad since I was young and love to travel, explore art, culture and languages. To me, fashion is its own culture. I think living without it would be so boring!
How would you describe your personal style?
Very simple. Most people don't know my face or who I am, and that is what exactly what I want.
Who are your favorite designers and why?
Of course, J.W.Anderson. I've met him in real life. He is very simple and kind. He is also a very humble person and that’s why I like him. I love his work because he proves there are no boundaries between gender and fashion. People should be whoever they want to be. Dream big and think smart.
What matters to you most as a fashion designer?
Knowing who I truly am and what my dreams are. So far, I've have accomplished many of my big dreams like graduating from Parsons School of Fashion, working at Giorgio Armani, launched my own brand and been a finalist for the Zara competition "Shape the Invisible”. I know there will be many more.
Thanks and good luck!