ABOUT Six Lee Six Lee, founder and chief designer for the brand “SixLee”, was the 1st Chinese graduate of one of the most well-known fashion design school, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (Belgium) in 2009. After his graduation, Six moved to London to join the Alexander McQueen menswear team.
By 2011, Six set up his own brand as an Antwerp & Hong Kong-based menswear-fashion designer. Six Lee’s collections contain clean cuts and sharp lines, combined with soft colors, dreamy & boyish details resulting in unique silhouettes. Six’s collections add a new fresh level with modern twists and new proportions, to make a statement on traditional tailoring. As an overly romantic person, Six gets inspired by the most diverse genres of music and films. The emotion he puts into writing poems or pressing flowers, will be found in every single piece from his hands. Carrying a touch of his love-never ever disappointing.
Describe your approach to fashion?
I see fashion as a medium or a way to express ourselves, who we really are, what do we like. it's just like love, we are trying everyday to make people like us, and sharing things with us. put our vision on the table and point of view. if people like it, it's good, it's a fate, but if not, it's not because of ourselves, it's just about the fate. I normally base on my feeling, emotion and the things I wanted to express at that moment to decide which I could feel right about a collection. This sounds a bit abstract, but on the other hand I would say I stay true to myself when I come to a creative process. At the end of it, I am just looking for people who could really connect with my work.
My own point of view is I would like to make menswear more fun in a elegant way. For me I am still growing and growing in every way as a person, mostly like how to get the balance, such as how to get the balance in life, in love and in my work.The brand direction would still be a contemporary dandy. Fuelled by my love for a hybrid cultures, a story telling and traditional British tailoring. Equally important im my approach is the constant quest for innovation. The designs are always looking for the now and tomorrow, even if they are inspired by historical or classical references.
What is for you formal wear and casual wear ?In which of these two categories do you recognize yourself?
The collection in general uses a lot of formal elements, but I twisted them to make them less formal and more experimental. I think the role that formal dressing are still very important for some professional, such as banker and lawyer. Well, that's mainly refer to the way I grow up. I grow up in a city like Hong Kong when I was young, I always saw a lot of professional wearing suit to go to work, and as you know Hong Kong was a British colonial. So that the English Tailoring impact was in my head all the time. After coming back from Antwerp and London, I was always thinking why dont I could make something for young professional which could look more fun and smart after wearing my collection. That's my point of view for my brand actually to make some artistic and fun clothes for young profession.
What is experimentation for you?
I normally build up a collection by telling a story. In general there are a lot of things and people I find to be inspiring. In all different fields, it doesn’t necessarily need to be fashion, it can also be art, design, even crafts, science, or literature, I look up to people who stay true to themselves, and really do what they love. That for me is inspirational. People who want to change something with what they do. People who don’t lose the childlike ability to believe they can still change something with what they do. I don’t really look at fashion sources. I am trying to be as original as possible. And then doing a lot of research of the costume from all over the world, absorb the culture, life styles from different places. It's helped a lot to really understand what's clothing is all about. As we can keep questioning on ourselves, what we like about it, why the peoples have to wear that in that period of time. Seeing things that already exist, bring them to a new level of life which is right for this century or more further. Seeking for an ultimate goal every season, what I would like to achieve which also combine with wearability
What about your project for Pitti?
“We’re all losing sight of your true color”
SixLee Fall Winter 2014 “You’re flowers in my stomach, cutting me open, nightly, blooming, through the cracks
of the ribs.”
Through the story of previous season, the main focus was on the complicated feeling between to love oneself or not to love at all; We are constantly looking around for our beloved one, to share the most memorable and priceless moments together, what happens when you’re not sure if he/she’s the one?
Andy Denzler painting is the starting point for collection. His work moves between abstraction and reality. These glitch paintings sort of feel like distant memories, buried in the subconscious or snap shots of dreams. His work weaves nostalgic photorealism with gestural expression in his wholly original style of painting. He achieves the look of his works—at once a paused film still and a sweeping abstraction—by alternating bands of unmoving,impastoed detail with flowing horizontal sweeps of his brush, which vigorous action at a frozen moment in time. All along your life, people come into our lives and quickly go, while others become our friends and stay a while, but each of them leaving important footprints on our hearts. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Sometimes they move away, or they may just walk away but what we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. We grew, learnt and became stronger. Fall Winter MMXIV Collection mainly wants to capture the moment when you see someone you truly believe and they were there for the reason we need them to be, however sadly this relationship may not be what you expected at the end. Learn to let go your feeling to see the right one by faith but not by sight.
I see confusion, complication, and doubting throughout the whole collection. I use combination of textures and prints to create sophisticated mood and the emotion deep inside our heart. Carry on from the previous season, this collection was still inspired from the 19th century fine tailoring of the English aristocracy with new elements of Tibetan costume to construct the shapes of the silhouettes. All silhouettes are showcasing the sharpness of the British tailoring; but at the same time the softness was also reserved through the layering I built. When selecting the fabrics for this collection,. I have chosen lots of innovative and abstract printed material to embrace the feeling of confusion. Try to touch and feel the wools, knits and textiles, some of them are specially treated to give extraordinary illusions.
"Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You have to find them by feeling but not what you are seeing.”
What is Pitti Uomo for you and the chance to be in Florence?
As you know Pitti Uomo is a very powerful and important Menswear Trade Fair in the world, It's my pleasure to have a chance to participle and for me is a really good chance to show the buyers and press how would I stick with my own point of view about traditional menswear with a contemporary twist and a new level of experimental approach.