P.L.D. Well my name is Paris La Don, the name Paris stuck with me every since high school. Me and my best friend at the time liked to shop a lot and was well known around high school for that reason. So people compared our friendship to Paris Hilton And Nicole Richie. So it just happened that it followed me my whole life. The name of my label is “HOUSEOFLADON”, which is a style house that caters everything that involves fashion.
I started HOUSEOFLADON in 2013 and released my very first collection in 2014. At that time I didn\’t expect much to come from it. I figured, if I have the talent to design and create wearable art for men and women like me, then I should definitely utilize my gift and get my voice heard. I design for risk takers; people who like to make bold fashion choices and statements. I didn\’t even expect at that time, that it would turn into a celebrity fashion brand. It took a life of its own.
A.R. When did you realize that you want to be a designer? Who and what influenced you as a designer?
P.L.D. I\’m really inspired by art, music and movement. Beyoncé has always been someone who inspired my creativity, and has shown me that taking risk is the only way to succeed in art and in Business. Another person, who has inspired me when it comes to fashion, is Riccardo Tisci. His hip and urban yet so elegant trends has been on my vision board.
A.R. Do you have a role model?
P.L.D. My role model is Beyoncé. She\’s just amazing. She represents the American Dream. Another role model is Michael Costello, his story is so inspiring. It tells me that no matter what, I can succeed in the fashion business.
A.R. Your clothes are famous in the celebrity world; Ty Hunter (Beyoncé’s stylist) was noticed in several of your pieces. How did you managed to draw his attention?
P.L.D. Ty Hunter loves working with fresh talents. My team and I reached out to him early 2014 and he just happen to love a few pieces from our SS14 collection “Guilty Summer”. We sent him those pieces, and a few moths later he was spotted at a social event wearing one of our Silk Tops, which looked amazing on him. This is one of my proudest moments.
A.R. Recently you were featured as a co-writer of an article in Vogue China, please tell us what are the highlights of this article?
P.L.D. The article in Vogue China that I co-wrote is basically about celebrity wardrobe stylist who dresses some of the world’s biggest stars. A brief summary about who are they and which artists they\’ve worked with throughout their careers. It also features TY Hunter and my involvement with him. I played the role of the American insider to Hollywood’s biggest stylist in the entertainment industry
A.R. How would you describe the style of your label?
P.L.D. The style of HOUSEOFLADON is BOLD, RISKY, SEXY and, HIGH FASHION! I create garments for the brace and beautiful.
A.R. How do you see the future of your label?
P.L.D. The future of HOUSEOFLADON is bright. I just want it to continuously grow and to one day become one of the world’s biggest brands.
A.R. What do you think of fashion in China?
P.L.D. Fashion in China has developed so much that the younger generation now has a greater influence in the culture of fashion; it\’s not as traditional as it once was. I am happy to experience the evolution of textiles and prints and patterns that is now fluently used to express a more youthful China. Urban wear has always been the fashion industry\’s top earning apparel due to quality and non-expensive value. China definitely utilizes that opportunity to express a unique point of view by setting trends that are soon to go international! Smart, non expensive, yet effective.
A.R. Do you like your life in China?
P.L.D. My life in China has been very prosperous and I\’ve grown a lot as a human and as an artist. I wouldn\’t change anything about my life here.
A.R. Now I would want to change the topic of our conversation to personal life. Please share what happened to you recently?
P.L.D. Recently I was involved in domestic violence / abuse with the person I loved and thought loved me the same way. We\’ve been together for a while and this has been one of the hardest things for me to get through because I never thought that my relationship would come down to violence and heartbreak.
A.R. How did you meet your husband?
P.L.D. I met him on an online dating service about 5 years ago and we were off and on. From there we continued to be with each other and share or live together
A.R. When did you realize that your relationship isn’t working?
P.L.D. I realized our relationship wasn\’t working when I started to feel like everything I was doing was wrong according to him, he complained I didn\’t do enough, didn\’t give enough love. When I tried to force it in a way where he can see my love for him he then told me it was too much. It was a catch 22. I was stuck in the middle walking on eggshells trying to please him and not piss him off. That\’s not a relationship, that\’s controlling and mentally draining. I loved him deep and I thought it showed.
A.R. What in your opinion led your husband to become an abusive person? Do you blame him?
P.L.D. I don\’t blame him per-say but at the same time I feel as though he let his past relationship with his family mentally disturb the person he is today. He hasn\’t let go off that pain, and ultimately I think this is the reason why he\’s become this way. He wasn\’t always bad, but when he gets mad, it\’s a war.
A.R. Why do you think abusive relationship should be stopped? And what advice you can give other victims of home violence?
P.L.D. I believe these types of relationships should be stopped automatically, because a person that says they love you would think twice to put their hands on you in any harmful manner. That isn\’t love. That\’s rage, anger, and control issues that were deep imbedded into that person long before you, and that person needs help. It isn\’t what you are doing wrong, it\’s them not being 100% satisfied with who they are inside. As a result they take it out on the closest ones to them. I never thought of my ex as an abuser, because I was blinded by love and trying to please him the best way I knew how. But then it started with the psychological abuse making me feel as if I weren\’t good enough, or I wasn\’t doing enough when I actually gave my all. Things that he\’s done for me he would eventually throw them all in my face trying to keep score, when I thought he did it for the love he had for me. If this is something you are currently going through, just leave. It won\’t get any better, it\’s not love, it\’s an illusion and it is dangerous. Leave.
A.R. Why it is important to get away from abusive relationship, and how to secure your self incase it happens to you?
P.L.D. It is important to get out of any type of abusive relationship, because if you don\’t, it might cost you your life! Talk to your friends close to you and others who\’s been in this situation, they can help protect you. If it\’s too dangerous contact authorities and seek safety.
A.R. Is there a life after abusive relationship? How do you stay positive in dark moments of your life?
P.L.D. There\’s definitely life after an abusive relationship. At first it\’s hard because all you would think of are those good moments you once shared with the one you loved, you\’ll think back constantly on the moment that changed everything, and that hurts even more than the physical damage but there will come a time where you look at this situation and feel very lucky you left because you\’ve then come to a place mentally where you are stronger without that person and you start to love yourself even more than ever before.
A.R. In China there is no law confirming neither denying gay social status, gays are socially unprotected. How do you deal with this situation?
P.L.D. There\’s no law to protect the gay community here in China because for Chinese this culture isn\’t accepted openly. This makes it harder to protect yourself from any wrong doings caused by hatred. It\’s sad, but the more we talk about these social issues, the more room we leave for progressive conversations and growth in hopes that we can see a day where laws are changed here in China for the gay community. It starts with us, we have to be brave and start dialogue.
A.R. Do you have a message for your husband?
P.L.D. The only message I have for my ex is, I will always love you …
同学们就将我们俩比作是Paris Hilton（帕丽斯·希尔顿）和Nicole Richie（妮可·里奇）。就这样机缘巧合地成了我的名字。我的标签名字
事业上取得成功。在时尚圈，还有一个人对我的影响很大，那就是 Riccardo Tisci。他的喧哗浮夸却不失优雅的风格使我受益良多。
P.L.D. Beyoncé是我的行为榜样。她真的很棒。她是美国梦的代表。另一个行为榜样是Michael Costello，他的故事非常励志。它告诉我
A.R. 您的衣服在名人圈非常有名；Ty Hunter（Beyoncé的造型师）曾被注意到穿过您设计的衣服。您当时是如何成功吸引他的注意的？
P.L.D. Ty Hunter喜欢与新秀共事。我和我的团队是在2014年初联系到他的，而且他碰巧也喜欢我们SS14系列时装“罪恶之夏”的几款新