Monthly Archives - February 2018

Myanmar Fashion’s New Wave

This is the second time celebrated designer May Myat Waso has participated in John Lwin’s Myanmar International Fashion Week. “I modernize traditional dresses,” she told Myanmore. One of Myanmar’s biggest fashion stars, May Myat Waso has shown her work in over 30 local and three international fashion shows. She began designing in 2007 and recently opened a fashion school. Her show this year, at 7pm on Saturday evening, will have three rounds: uniforms, followed by evening dresses, followed by traditional [...]

Fashion in focus

There is a saying in Myanmar that “the glory of a man is his strong arms; the glory of women is her black healthy hair in a big tight knot”. Today, however, many Myanmar women no longer have long enough hair to make even a small knot. Others may have long hair, but dye it a different colour, following trends borrowed from other countries. Clothing, however, remains the biggest change in Myanmar fashion of late. I have heard that in the [...]

Film and fashion echo each other in the sense

“Film and fashion echo each other in the sense that they’re sort of a condensation of our daily lives,” Metrograph programmer Aliza Ma told Vanity Fair. “And they turn the things that happen during our lives into a narrative, a metaphor, an iconography.” The afternoon-long event in the middle of N.Y.F.W. was an effort to allow fashion and film people to interact for more than a few minutes, an increasing rarity during one of the most over-scheduled weeks on fashion’s calendar. “Yes, [they] have [...]

Designer and creative director of Ikiré Jones

For Walé Oyéjidé, designer and creative director of Ikiré Jones, whose designs also appear in Black Panther, the event was a way to use “fashion as a vehicle to actually, tangibly help people.” (The designs will be auctioned via Charitybuzz in support of Save the Children.) “If this became a normalized thing, if we always did this,” he said, “it would make [fashion] more inspiring and make the public at large that much more confident and interested in what and why we do [...]

​Bless Designers Desiree Heiss

Bless is the creative platform established 21 years ago by Desiree Heiss and Ines Kaag. Though formally trained as fashion designers, the duo has always done more than simply make clothing, and they have consistently resisted conforming to conventional fashion formats. “We have created a working system that’s made-to-measure to our personal needs,” notes Heiss who resides in Paris; Kaag is Berlin-based. “Alternative” isn’t a buzzword for these two, it’s an M.O., which is evidenced by back-to-back New York Fashion [...]

Neon Bobs and Bowl Cuts

“Being a colorist for 25 years, I have to say—this is the high point of my career,” beamed Josh Wood backstage at Marc Jacobs. At tonight’s show, the designer sent models down the runway festooned in oversize flattop hats, with the exception of nine girls who received sharp cuts and jewel tone color combinations so extreme, they rendered them strikingly unrecognizable. “It’s real hair,” he explained. “Not wigs. Not hairpieces. We needed the girls to own it.” Each metamorphosis began with [...]