Issey Miyake, Hussein Chalayan, Yohji Yamamoto, Ann Demeulemeester, Raf Simons and BLESS.
Physical therapist and fashion designer/business owner of Ping Wu Design Studio.
What is a fashion must?
Reflect the time!
What is your design training?
Eight months at Istituto Marangon ai in Milan, Italy. Internships at Luisa Beccaria and BLESS.
What are your strengths as a designer?
Expertise in body and movement science, multiculturalism and a colorful personality.
What's influenced your designs over the years?
My mom's simple elegance, my search for solutions to life's daily problems and Chinese Zen spirit.
What's your favorite material or fabric to work with?
For my collection I prefer organic natural fibers, but I'd love to work with high-tech materials too.
Do you prefer patterns or solids?
It depends on the look I want to achieve, and the materials I have.
What are your favorite colors?
They are all equally expressive and beautiful. Different colors give you different moods.
Favorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?
I think all the final winners deserve their titles.
"My name is 'Ping,' like a ping pong ball and 'Wu,' like ... woo." Kittens, we saw the first episode and believe it or not, that sentence sums her up perfectly. To rephrase something we said earlier this week, think of her like this: Imagine if Elisa Jimenez came from China. It's the same sort of complete obliviousness to the world around her and other people's opinions, coupled with a fierce individuality and sense of design.
Let's check the portfolio:
Project Runway has had its share of Asian-born designers, but none whose designs have such a strong Asian influence. That's a good thing as far as we're concerned. Trust us when we say, even if her clothes are not your thing, she really brings something to the table. A fascinating, cerebral yet common-sense approach to design, a COMPLETELY unique personality, true multiculturalism, and a high entertainment value. Just watching Tim trying to navigate her brain is priceless.
More on Ping Wu at myLifetime.com.
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