Its not what I’m normally drawn to. There are no layers of embroidery, beadwork and earthy hues and clinking of old silver and antique gold, or the hand drawn and tribal symbols. There are no flowers or ethnic patterns or brocade and crotchet… my current designer crush produces quite the antipodal of the usual bohemian folksy aesthetics I am drawn to.
Hong Kong-based, Central Saint Martins trained, emerging fashion designer Cynthia Mak likes to use bold prints but in the most miminalistic yet dynamic way possible. Her background in graphic design, and years of experience working in the fashion towers of Alexander McQueen, Preen, Vivien Westwood and Roksanda Illincic to name a few, she moved to her hometown Hong Kong and started work on her own collection. Years of experience and passion for graphics and fashion has been beautifully fused together for her S/S 2015 collection which for me is an epitome of the look and feel of urban folk. The strong linear marks, and vivid colours set against monochrome is beautifully brought together by almost refined Parisian tailoring and East Asian cultural clothing silhouettes. The juxtaposition of all of these elements is what excites me most about her work. Its like our globalised world and all its muses expressed through a few lines and blocks of colour. I cannot wait to see her make her mark in the years to come.
One to look out for….
© 2014 Shroomantics ~ Rahima Begum