Zack Lo Designs Seriously Sexy Shoes
Shoe designer Zack Lo says his creations are for the “strong and confident modern woman.”
Zack Lo first made waves in the fashion world with his debut shoe collection, “Voodoo Circus.” The perfect mix of elegant and daring, you can expect classic black stilettos adorned with zesty yellow pompoms or blooming floral designs. We chatted with Lo about his background, design inspirations, and “Virgo”, his sure-to-be fabulous 2013 line. These shoes were made for strutting – be sure to grab a pair or two in BettyConfidential Shop’s exclusive flash sale!
Betty Confidential: When did you first know you wanted to become a designer? What was the spark?
Zack Lo: I was always attracted to fashion and design, even as young boy. I come from a somewhat conservative family and was encouraged to pursue a practical career path. My compromise with my parents for going to art school was that I would study graphic design. But in art school, I was friends with the fashion folks and got involved with their projects and shows as much as possible. When I traveled to the United Kingdom for graduate studies, I was far enough away from home and from expectations, that I began to look more deeply at fashion as a career. I think I needed that distance from my family and from my home to really get more in touch with my true feelings.
BC: What was the first thing you ever made? Do you still have it?
ZL: In Taiwan, if you make a particularly nice painting or drawing, the teacher takes it and puts it up on the black board at the back of the classroom as an example for the other students. I can’t remember what I made the first time my teacher put me up on the black board, but every time afterward, whenever I made something it was with the silent hope of being recognized. It was a really great lesson for me, that part of being successful is pleasing as many people as possible while at the same time pleasing yourself. I think the teacher kept most of my artwork!
BC: What was your first fashion memory?
ZL: I remember seeing the work of Jean Paul Gaultier in a magazine my older brother had and being really excited by it. Shoes especially always interested me because I sort of thought them as a kind of pedestal. You know, in traditional Asian art, everything of great value is put on a pedestal. When I see a woman in high heels she seems all the more beautiful to me because she is elevated.
What inspires Zack, how he reacted when someone said, “No,” to his designs and more up next!