Chris Tyrell and Jim Searle started Hoax Couture in 1985 without formal fashion training
Chris was trained as a lawyer and Jim as an architect.
Posted by: JimSearle on Wed 23:11PM
Chris’s December article for IN Toronto:
FASHION: Young designer epitomizes fierceness
Adrian Wu is a rising star in fashion design. He epitomizes fierceness and is forward thinking in his designs and personal style. Most of the time I’m never sure exactly what Adrian is wearing but he always looks stylish and unique and definitely turns heads. I love guys like Adrian who are not afraid of fashion but use it to have fun, be creative and present themselves to the world, no holds barred.
WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?
Outfit 1: A dress, cardigan and scarf by me, Adrian Wu, and jeggings (black jean leggings). I had my Ray Ban glasses on with an oversized hat, a Motif leather tassle bag, and 8-inch Giuseppe Zanotti booties.
Outfit 2: A knitted Zara dress, a wool coat from a thrift store, brown Aldo booties and vintage Escada bag.
Outfit 3: A Marciano puffy shirt with a Forever 21 vest with belt. Riding pants with black wedged booties from Aldo. A Club M black leather bag and a hat from my spring collection.
WHAT ITEM OR ITEMS OF CLOTHING CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?
At this point in my life, wedged booties. They are the greatest fashion innovation since the little black dress. ’Cause it’s genderless, slims your leg out, fashionable, gives you height, and you can always dress it up or dress it down. Genius.
WHO OR WHAT HAD THE MOST INFLUENCE ON YOUR SENSE OF STYLE?
That’s hard, ’cause to be honest I don’t know any other men who wear wedged heels everyday. But androgyny is definitely what influences my style. I love looking neither male or female, it’s my way of messing with people’s heads.
YOUR FIRST FASHION MEMORY?
The day I realized that a baby blue collared shirt in my closet that was given to me when I was 10 was Dior. I still wear it today.
IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT WHAT WOULD BE YOUR FASHION PURCHASE?
A 40-centimetre, grey-dyed crocodile Hermes birkin.
WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STYLE AND FASHION?
Being fashionable is being conscious of the trends within the seasons of fashion. Having style is an expression of yourself through clothing any time of the year. Fashion is others, style is you.
WHAT SHOULD EVERY GUY/ GIRL BUY THIS SEASON?
A chunky sweater. It’s oversized, comfy, fashionable, warm and you can use it as a pillow.
WHY IS FASHION IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Fashion is important to me because of the meaning and history behind it. I do it for the goal of maybe one day being a part of history. People don’t know that Thomas Burberry invented waterproof fabric, or Roger Vivier who worked for Christian Dior invented the stiletto heel. Most people see fashion as a brand or label, I see it as a history class full of meaning. This is why it is important to me, because fashion has the possibility of influencing society.
DO YOU HAVE A FASHION FANTASY?
It’s my fantasy to live in a world where there is no gender. Gender is what has limited fashion.
ADRIAN WU’s designs are at adrianwu.com.
(Via IN TORONTO.)
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