Hi everyone! So I won’t bore you with too many of the details but I want to quickly say one thing.
Yuaniris jewelry is even more beautiful in person than it appears in photos. At first sight, I thought maybe they would be a bit too whimsical for my taste, but that opinion quickly changed. The designs are are romantic, regal, and delicate all the at the same time, a feat not easily mastered. My most recent photoshoot features just one piece from the collection, the BACKDROPS necklace however pieces range from small bangles and drop necklaces, to button earrings and belts. You can view them all here!
Anyway, without further ado….
CG: What inspired you to start the label?
YI: I took a leave of absence from the dual masters degree program at UTS, and decided to travel to Europe. I was very intrigued by Renaissance art and literature, so I decided to do what I love and what I’m good at.
CG: What inspired your collection?
All of life’s moments can serve as inspiration. All beautiful things.
CG: Did you have an apprenticeship that influenced how you view the industry today? What is the biggest and toughest lesson you learned?
YI: The toughest piece is being faithful to my personal style while also observing the market. People don’t buy products that they do not need, understand, or enjoy.
CG: Throughout the process, how much influence does your mentor’s opinions have on your collection?
我是自己的导师 没有任何RULE 想做什么做什么.
YI: I am my own mentor. I have no rules. Whatever I want to do, I do.
CG: Can you describe a specific time where you took a huge risk when others didn’t agree? What was the end result?
好像没有 没有人敢反对我,我太固执哈哈. Im always the boss.
YI: Actually, I can’t think of one. No one ever opposes me. I’m always the boss haha
CG: Have you always wanted to become a jewelry designer, or did you start out in another field?
YI: I didn’t always want to become a jewelry designer. Everything happens by chance, and skill comes naturally. I’ve also designed some handbags, which I personally felt were really good!
CG: If you could teach the world one thing about your heritage that is commonly misconceived or that you find particularly interesting, what would it be?
YI: God gave each person different talents, it’s your interests, and the things you are good at doing. Diligence will bring success, possibly more than your peers.
CG: Have any of your design stories portrayed a piece of your Chinese heritage?
YI: This summer my collection is “Chinese Style,” including many Chinese traditional mythical elements such as Dragons, birds, cranes, etc. I feel that Chinese elements are the greatest, most unimaginable, and profound in the world. I could design multiple seasons and still never touch on all of them. There are way too many beautiful things!
CG: What three words best describe the Shanghai/Taipei markets? Do you try to incorporate those elements into your work?
YI: I don’t have a great understanding for the Taiwan market, but Shanghai is the most fashionable place in China, with the greatest combination of East and West.
CG: What is your biggest recommendation to those studying fashion design at schools in China?
YI: That they must observe market demands as well as integrates personal style.
CG: What is your ideal consumer?
YI: Someone who loves life, who loves themselves, who approaches life with delicacy.
CG: What designers do you admire the most? Why?
YI: John Galliano, Karl Lagerfield. They are genius.
CG: Who would you most want to collaborate with?
YI: Karl Lagerfield. It’s my dream.
CG: Favorite travel destination thus far? Did it contribute anything to your work?
YI: My trip to Florence. It’s the birthplace of Renaissance art and culture.