MBFW Fall 2015 Designer Spotlight: Stella Xingyu Hu


Inspiration for Hu's Knitwear. Courtesy of the School of Fashion.

Piecing together a Rubik’s cube is close to impossible, but Stella Xingyu Hu, M.F.A. fashion design, found the inspiration for her knitted garments from the elusive three-dimensional puzzle.

For Fall 2015, Hu collaborated with Xiaowei Liu, M.F.A. fashion design, on the menswear portion of a menswear and womenswear collection. Hu designed the knitwear included in the collection. Her inspiration can be seen clearly in the knits—corner-like design details, faux leather tape and a rainbow palette are all evocative of a Rubik’s cube.

Hu was born in Nei Monggol, China and grew up in Dalian, Liaoning Province of China. Fascinated by the beauty of art since childhood, Hu received a B.F.A. in fashion design from the Hainan Normal University in China and is now pursuing an M.F.A. in Fashion Design from Academy of Art University. Hu’s knitwear was shown in the Academy’s Graduation Fashion Show in May 2014.

Hu is prepping for New York Fashion Week, but still had time to sit down with the School of Fashion and provide some insight into her collection.




Stella Xingyu Hu. Photo by Bob Toy.


A sample of Hu's Knitwear. Courtesy of the School of Fashion.

What is your favorite memory of being in the School of Fashion?

Every day! I worked so hard to complete all of my work.

What advice would you give students who want to do a collection?

You should think about it very carefully. Think about the details, fabric, colors and design before beginning the garments. It will save you time and make you more confident than the rest!

Ignoring the cost, what item of clothing/bag/designer would you buy right now?

Rick Owens and Dior.

Which items in your closet do you most use?

Black jacket.

What is your style motto?

“I am never satisfied with myself and that is what keeps me going - I have no post-satisfaction.”—Karl Lagerfeld

Who are your favorite fashion icons and why?

Coco Chanel, not only do I agree with her idea of fashion, but I’m also so impressed with her life!



A process shot of Hu's knitwear. Courtesy of the School of Fashion.