We met with Ryan Lo in London
Text by Pirita Litmanen / Photography by Federico Cabrera
Ryan Lo is a fashion designer originally from Hong Kong. He moved to London when he was 16 years old and studied at the London College of Fashion. Lo’s design has been featured in magazines like i-D, Dazed&Confused and LOVE and seen on the runway of London Fashion Week. REVS shot his FW14 collection for the BLAZE issue.
“After I finished my high school in Hong Kong my mom told me that I should do my degree. I didn’t know what I would like to do so she told me to try fashion. I ended up in London.
I had never worked with fashion or clothes before coming here. In fact, I wanted to become a singer when I was younger. But then at the age of 15 my voice changed and my career plans crashed.
I think everything came down to moving away from Hong Kong when I was 16. If I had stayed I would probably still live with my parents. I wouldn’t have been lonely and desperate enough to reach the emotional state of creating things, that mental craziness.
When I was 18 years old I met Charles Anastase. I worked with him for 2 years, over 4 seasons. It was my first job ever. We became very good friends and he gave me the freedom to do whatever I wanted under his label. It was fun.
After school I applied to Fashion East. It is a non-profit organization that promotes and supports young London-based designers. They help you to present your collection to the press and get your name known internationally. Through them I got to Paris showrooms and got my clothes in stores like Opening Ceremony in New York and LA. Every season you have to re-apply and I have been with them now for 2 seasons. Fashion East has put me on the map.
I used to think that fashion is art but with time it has become more of a diary and a way of self-expression for me.
I made this collection only a few months ago. The mood of it is somehow sad. While creating it I was watching a lot of Bridget Jones and Ally McBeal. There is this sexually frustrated, desperate woman. She is a workaholic, lonely and just waiting for her true love. The collection is quite loud and seeking for attention, you can see it in the colors and transparent fabrics. For me the message of it is that it’s OK if you are a workaholic, desperate and lonely – as long as you are stylish.
I don’t know about the future I am just afraid of getting old. I see myself with my beautiful career and an amazing apartment being alone and old.
I am not joking. It horrifies me.”