The Ms Min FW/16 Collection is rooted in designer Min Liu's longtime fascination with tribal dress and the book Looking East; a collection of portraits by renowned photographer, Steve McCurry, focused on the indigenous people of Southeast Asia.
Exploring traditional clothing across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Min was intrigued by the similarities in the garments of these seemingly disparate global clans: The intricate handwork and embroidery, exquisitely woven textiles, artful layering, raw edges, and asymmetrical lines.
Visiting with the Miao tribe of Yunan, China. Min fell in love with their deft stitch work and filigree custom jewelry, fashioned from featherweight tin silver into bold and whimsical designs, and was taken with the profound sense of permanence and meaning in these handcrafted pieces. Which, clothing through accessories, are not disposable but lovingly constructed and collected.
With tribal dress the central influence for F/W 16, the collection is highly layered and rich in embellishments from raffia stripesand embroidery and pleating to ruffles, fringe, and pom-poms. Fabric is stitched together and finished with yet more stitching. Cuffs and collars trimmed in threadwork and beading. Asymmetrical panels and hemlines, raw edged textiles, and wooly faux fur, balanced by supple wools, cashmeres, and silks. The season's earth tone palette of tans, nudes and creams anchored in navy and black; the looks accessorized by a capsule collection of silver pieces handcrafted by the Miao people, which are available by order in limited amounts.
Finally, a thread of punk spontaneously wove its way through the collection. The flair of that urban tribe found in bold zipper accents, black mesh, edgy strapped trousers, and biker-styled jackets. The original punk kids of the 70's linked to the collection's larger tribal influence in the shared custom of dressing in a highly visual and original fashion, which positions one within a specific group.