Lui Hon, probably the most talented designer on the first season of Project Runway Australia, has had a huge career boost with his portfolio about to be shown to the powers that be at Helmut Lang.
The Sun Herald today said the show’s mentor Henry Roth took over a selection of the season one Project Runway designer’ portfolios and pitched them to four of the top fashion headhunters in New York City.
Henry Roth said “The main focus was on Lui and the reaction so far is that his work will be shown to Helmut as he has a real European bent. The headhunters agreed he’d be well-placed for Berlin or Milan. And his work will also be shown to huge US label Theory.”
Lui Hon says “The European market is a dream of mine. In your life sometimes you meet a lucky person who gives you a hand. Henry’s one of those people. I can’t thank him enough.”
If you have yet to see Lui’s designs you can have a look at them on his website that went live today at http://www.luihon.com.au/
Also here is an interview with Lui Hon about his time on Project Runway Australia.
Lui Hon was considered one of the best if not the best designer on Season 1 of Project Runway Australia. On the show for the first few episodes we did not see much of him on camera due to his quiet nature, but he made up for that with the impact he had on the runway.
The shows forums are still talking about the fact he was surprisingly eliminated in the wedding dress challenge to come fourth on the show. He was a favourite of the show’s host Kristy Hinze.
Lui kindly agreed to an interview with me, and I did ask the $64 million question – Would we get to see his decoy finale collection? You will have to read the interview to find out.
Reality Raver: What opportunities has being on Project Runway given you? What are your future plans?
Lui Hon: It has made it easier for me to introduce myself to the Australian fashion industry. I intend to use this opportunity to increase exposure of my label.
RR:You appeared to be one of the calmer contestants on the show, and in a couple of episodes it looked like you had created an outfit or completely changed it in about an hour. Was this true? Or was it just the way the show was edited?
LH: Thank you and yes.
RR: In the early episodes you did not get as much screen time as some of the others like Helen and Leigh, and your persona was shown as a serene and quiet talented designer. Did you think the way you were portrayed on the show was accurate?
LH: I believe actions are louder than words.
RR: What was the most fun thing about being on Project Runway?
LH: Being well looked after in the house.
RR: What was the hardest thing about being on the show?
RR: Which was your favourite design that you did?
LH: Episode 1, 4 and 5.
Outfit from Episode 5 (right)
Outfit from Episode 4 (above )
This dress is currently on sale on Ebay.
RR: And what was your least favourite?
LH: The Kelly Rowland gold jumpsuit. (RR: Please note Lui sewed that in an hour after Kelly Rowland did not like the tassle dress he had originally made her.)
RR: I understand you and Brent had to design a decoy collection so the top three would not be revealed prior to the final episode going to air. Was it hard having to design a collection that had the possibility that no one was going to see?
LH: I always look at things on the bright side. Leigh said that your collection was sensational and would have won the competition if you had been top three.
RR: Is there any possibility that Project Runway fans will ever be able to see footage or photos of those clothes?
LH: Unfortunately”¦ no. But please check out L’oreal Fashion Festival 2009.
RR: When do you expect your website to come online?
LH: If everything goes to plan, it will happen by the end of this year.
RR: If you could go on any other reality TV show other then Project Runway which one would it be?
LH: Project Runway Australia 2! “¦just kidding.