she is designing her distinctive Victoriana outfits or hosting her modern-day
creative salon, Designer/party promoter Mei Hui Liu has become a prominent
face on the local style scene. MyVillage stepped into her Fashion Street
wonderland to find out what makes her tick.
When did you open the boutique and what was the push that actually got
Mei Hui: I was working in Portobello for a year. I never even
thought about opening a boutique because of all the pressure but when
I found that there was a shop to rent in Fashion Street and my thought
was that it would be great to have a first shop in Fashion Street. I
thought this shop would be a great place to sell and show my own clothes
and use the space as a gallery. I hold different events here for example
I recent held the Sierek debut collection here. I like doing events
on that tip. There's no plan really, I just do it.
There appears to be a number of influences in your designs. Who are
your major style icons?
Mei Hui: It's
all different people, like friends and travelling around the world.
I wouldn't say a particular person or thing has been major icon in my
What designers, whether established or new, do you like?
Hei: I've always liked Vivienne Westwood. I really like designers
who have their own style and keep it not following the fashions Even
after 10 years some of them may be doing the same stuff but it's still
their own stuff. I even really like Romeo Gigli, he may not be selling
well at the moment but for 20 years he has kept his own style. He may
not have changed in all those years, but I still like his style.
What are your views on this year's London Fashion Week?
Mei Hei: Well….
London Fashion Week could always be better (laughs)
What are you plans for the future?
Hui: I'll just see how things go. What I'm doing now is making all
the stuff by myself they are just one off items this gives me the flexibility
to stop and host my 'Secret Rendezvous' parties bringing together local
designers, artists, musicians and photographers and show-casing their
work. Everyone seems to think that putting on a show is difficult. It's
not. People should just get up and do it.
Hui Liu's designs can be found at Victim Boutique and Gallery, 49 Fashion
Street, London E1
tel: 020 7377 1221