LA­BEL LOVER

CYN­THIA & XIAO

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

Cyn­thia Mak and Xiao Xiao met on the first day of their course at Cen­tral Saint Martins—xiao was spe­cial­is­ing in Fash­ion De­sign with Knitwear while Cyn­thia fo­cused on Fash­ion De­sign with Mar­ket­ing. Fol­low­ing a grad­u­ate col­lec­tion that caught the at­ten­tion of Ital­ian Vogue, Cyn­thia went on to work at Alexan­der Mcqueen, Vivi­enne West­wood, Preen by Thorn­ton Bregazzi, and Rok­sanda Ilin­cic be­fore re­turn­ing to her home­town, Hong Kong, where she worked at IT and Lane Craw­ford. In 2014 she part­nered with Xiao, who was de­sign­ing for fash­ion com­pa­nies in Bei­jing, to launch a wom­enswear line that fo­cuses on bold graph­ics and clean shapes. Their spring/ sum­mer 2017 col­lec­tion is in­spired by outer space and fea­tures flow­ing curves and nat­u­ral drapes. Fine metal­lic em­broi­dery and con­trast­ing metal­lic bind­ings give the col­lec­tion a fu­tur­is­tic qual­ity. The smooth curves are jux­ta­posed with eye-pop­ping pat­terns, a vi­brant colour palette, and con­trast­ing fab­ric mixes in­flu­enced by Mem­phis de­sign.

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