Interview21

Beyond the hype // Ad Huang

FEBRUARY 2010

Maybe we will all die in 2012.

Ad Huang is a 29 year old photographer and style leader from Taipei, Taiwan.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you live.

I live in Taipei, Taiwan. I'm 29 years old. I work in the fashion business at a store called IMmense Concept which is located in Taipei. As matter of fact, I was not a professional in clothing before. I used to be an industrial designer. It was a very interesting transformation in my life. I'm achieving my dream job now.

How did you first get interested in fashion and why is it important?

I wear what I am. The first time I "touched" fashion, I started realizing that we don't need to follow anything or anyone. No style is my style.

You keep your own blog. What motivated you to start blogging?

In the beginning, I just wanted share my life and what touched me. In recent years, I want to share my style and influence Taiwan mens' style, because Taiwan men wear and pick their clothing very traditionally.

How would you describe the fashion scene in Taiwan?

Taipei City is the fashion capital in Taiwan. Taipei combines British and Japanese style, though of course, Hong Kong influences us a lot because H.K. is nearby us. In other cities like Taichung, Japanese style influences more than any other style.

What do you love about living in Taipei?

I'm familiar with everything. Taipei is my born place; I have no reason not to love it.

Top 3 places to visit in Taiwan:

Taipei, Taichung and Kaoshung. Taipei has Eslite (a famous bookstore) open 24 hours. Taichung has many famous night markets. Kaoshung has hot weather throughout the year. If you are visiting Taiwan you absolutely must to go to the night markets and feel the enthusiasm of the people of Taiwan.

Describe your personal style.

As matter of fact, no style is my style. I like to try every style on. I don't really want to limit myself, so I'll try many styles and collect some special items.

Do you have a favorite designer?

Rick Owens.

Favorite color(s)?

Black and red.

The first thing you look at in another person's outfit is:

One's whole mix and match. I won't focus on one item because it would [obscure] his/her style.

What do you skimp on?

Eating. I was fatttttt once.



What do you splurge on?

Excellent clothing design.

A fashion rule you always break:

Don't follow the "fad."

A fashion rule you never break:

Find the style that suits you.

What do you think is the most recent notable trend to appear/reappear, and what are your thoughts on it?

"Outdoors" began a trend in 2010. I've started noticing that "close to nature" look on people. It's a good direction in fashion; men could loosen their tight skinny pants, be healthier.

What camera do you shoot with, and what is your top photography tip?

Canon 450D. I improve my shots by adding a nice atmosphere.

What is the most underrated item in menswear and womenswear?

For men: a suitable watch. For women: a luxury coat, a graceful high heel, a luxury bag.

What is your next "must have" purchase?

In 2010 S/S, I could consider getting a sneaker.

Are there any fashion icons or famous people whose style you admire?

In Western, I like Johnny Depp. In Eastern, I admire Odagiri Joe.

What music are you listening to these days?

Tiesto's new set in 2010. How wonderful it is!

What can't you live without?

My lover Madi.

So cute! She looks as stylish as you!

I thought she is a person with strong personal style, too. We'll sometimes wear the same style to make a theme as a couple.

Next place you want to travel to:

Japan. I've been there 2006; so many stylish people there and very comfortable environment.

Who's your favorite on LOOKBOOK?

I admire Andre, because he has his own style. Hype!

In the year 2015 you will be:

Haha. Maybe we will all die in 2012.

What would you say to someone seeking general fashion advice?

Don't follow, just search for the style suitable on you.

Shelley Mulshine wants to know: How you would spend your day if you knew that it was your last?

I'll be with my lover and my family and tell then how much I loveeeeeee them.

57 comments

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Benjamin Gabriel

He looks good, but I'm starting to get tired of all those fashionista people who all are saying : don't follow the trends, be who you are, find your on style dadada... Agreed, but you have to start somewhere, you better follow a trend and do it well, than try a lot of things and come out with nothing...
Aiena Zahira
i agree with you benjamin. maybe after awhile experimenting, we can be sure our choices of outfit will work, but it definitely started with few embarrassing mistakes. of course we have our ego to satisfy by saying don't follow the trends, i myself do that. but nevertheless, ad huang's photography skills make all his outfits seem extra special, don't you think so?
Benjamin Gabriel
I can't agree more with you about his photography skills, the pictures look really good what ever he is wearing, but we are on an fashion website where we are suppose to show our outfits, not our photography skills. :p (says the one who pass an hour to do a good picture XD) *Don't listen to me, it's just jealousy*
I've to admit that I do follow the trends, not any, but I always know what is fashionable, and most of the time I'm wearing it for a year or so. I think trend are the bases of fashion, and you have to build your own style on it through the years and the different trend that shows up. In stead of "Don't follow the trends" I'd say "Try to understand them, and see what you can get of it".
AD  Huang
actally, i cant agree B's opinion anymore. I've try many fad or trends, and learned lot of from this.Even a mistake or embarrssed one that u know. Just want to express we have to find the way that "what should I try it on".
Fashion not just a formula, I just wnat to find the tips let the annual fashion or each season to be different!
Mix and Match change the fashion that we could look for the one suit us.

Finally , through so lots of admiration, ur opinion really touch my heart. Appreciate ur comment,so preciously.

Benjamin Gabriel
Wow, I'm so happy that you actually read my comments. And am glad as well if it touch you.
Anyway, I think we're all on the same page, and that it's just a dialectic conflict, but dialectic does matter to me... ^^

Lets mix fashions and trends to get unique, and rock! :D
Ting T
benjamin just portrayed the truth of being an authentic fashionist...I have to admit that Benjamin, this is definitely a good point to raise a topic in this fast pate 'COPY' world...

Allows everyone else to find a suitable way to express themselves differently. As No one is identical...isnt?
Emma Jhong
ad大~必推! :-)
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Mean Min Ortiz
i love you AD!!!
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Girubato Kun
恭喜你丫! 你被lookbook 訪問. 我很喜歡你的風格! 我是你的fan!
AD  Huang
謝謝你
Andre Judd
Congrats Ad!!! Woot woot!!!! cheers!!!
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Mackenzie Fick
total babe
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Aron Lu.
Wow what a great interview ! 一直非常酷的风格,还有发型!2012年世界毁灭的时候我希望能和SWEETIE一起,然后告诉他永远爱他。:P
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Vinda Sonata
great interview. he's interesting. very original!
and YAY his favorite designer is rick owens!
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Vivalarobot 9000
How do they decide on interviews? I say they should do Bianca Venerayan next, she's so fashionable and pretty, and even she runs her own store at age 17!
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Katrina Ngiateng
You are one of my inspirations.
And I congratulate you.
Deeply.
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P. H.
NICE!!!! congrats on being featured..! u are such a dedicated lb-er. and u are quite new compared to some of the others featured too!!! i love ur style!! =D

add oil to you and ur girlfriend!! =D I am surprised that we both have the same camera.. ur shots are so well planned!
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Willabelle Ong
This is amazing :)
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M. Z.
Great interview,
每一次你的图片都可以用欣赏来形容,无论是你的搭配还是MADI C.的摄影.
非常感谢你们的分享,会继续关注下去的!
AD  Huang
謝謝你的稱讚 我會繼續努力的
也希望能拍更多好照片

另外我覺得你長的很有味道 很棒
M. Z.
谢谢你的夸奖,我也会很认真做每一张上传的图片:)
Katrina F
You look like a celebrity.
<3
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Thais  Chung
I loved the interview,actually i'm a huge fan of Johnny Depp,but you have some special style that makes you different than others!
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Diana Anghel
I absolutely DO love your style. it's faboulous!
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Andreas M.
great man! love your style and that you are so open minded
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Zianpuina Gonmei
he's so manly...he doesn't talk much...i like johnny depp 2.....thumbs up!
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Jess C
this guy seems really chill and cool
taiwan pride!
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Joy Y
Really nice! I'm from Kaohsiung :)
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