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On Wednesday, Bach Mai revealed on Instagram’s “Road to NYFW” series that a selection of her clothes, although dyed black, had shrunk about three sizes and could not be worn for her fall show on Friday night. evening. However, Mai didn’t back down and stated that over the next 48 hours, he would cut, sew and make more clothes for the runway. Backstage on Friday, Mai spoke seriously about the situation.
“I’m not Dior (although I note you work with one of their same factories), I don’t have the budget, so let me show you what we did, which was a struggle. This is reality and I’ve been doing this for so long, but you get used to it. However, many people do not know what it takes or what we have to go through to get here,” he said.
Their situation is all too real and common for emerging designers in the United States; It was endearing to see his cards displayed for the world to see as he moved on to finish his collection of 35 styles.
“But the clothes are a bourgeois woman and her descent into depravity,” he said of his overall theme, drawing inspiration from the film “Belle du Jour,” with a futurism in the style of Kylie Minogue’s “Fever” era of the early 1900s. 2000s: “space.” strippers, but out of order.”
“It’s the idea of shamelessness: a wonderful night performing, because you want to, and then putting on a coat, a pair of pants, and then walking home,” he said.
The collection began in the club and led to “her internal monologue,” going back and forth between bourgeois life (silk scarves and prints; mid-century silhouettes; ribbon motifs, embroidery and textiles) and bondage styles with fetish overtones, rich velvets, lurex, and patent leather. Mai said she really focused on ribbons throughout the line through basket weave prints, fringes and embroidery to tie the ideas together, which is best seen through the oversized black coat and relaxed pants over a collar. halter with flowing ribbons.
Other stars in the lineup included a fun tinsel coat; draped, skin-baring party dresses and bias slips; a coat with polished ribbon embroidery; tear-away basketball shorts and the ruffled dresses and matching sets he’s becoming known for.
There was a lot of glitter, leather, prints and opulent textures: too much for a single collection, even if that was the point. While it was nice to see a continued push in silhouettes beyond eveningwear, the collection lacked the cohesive restraint that distinguished Mai’s couture fashion from the rest.