Author: Moderneast Magazine

Interview – Cynthia Mak

Having started her professional journey as a graphic designer, Cynthia Mak then attended Central Saint Martins in London to study fashion. In 2014, she has decided to launch her eponymous label and then designed her very first collection for spring-summer 2015. Mixing graphic lines, bold prints and geometrical shapes, Cynthia Mak’s collection caught our attention. She nicely gave us some time to answer our questions. Moderneast: Before starting your studies at Central Saint Martins in Fashion, you were a graphic designer. Were you already interested in fashion before then? Have you got any idea of how is it to study fashion in Hong Kong? Cynthia Mak: Honestly, I didn’t really know much about fashion before CSM. I did a few short courses in fashion illustration and design in HK but they were very different. More technical and less creative. I never studied fashion courses in any universities in HK, so I don’t really know much about admissions. There is only one formal university that has fashion design courses, but there are other vocational education schools that do offer fashion …

Interview – Ming Pin Tien

Ming Pin Tien is a Taiwanese-born and London-based designer who founded his womenswear label MING in 2012. Focused on designing  clothes with clean lines and unexpected details, MINGs’ creations result in strong aesthetics, sometimes becoming  almost experimental. His capacity to grasp the next trends each season makes of the label one to follow. Moderneast had the chance to interview the designer about his designs and his vision of Asian fashion. ME: As a Taiwanese-born designer, can you tell us how hard is it in Taiwan to get in the industry? Were your family supportive? MPT: I didn’t start my business in Taiwan so it is hard to have a certain answer for the question. From my knowing, we don’t have any support scheme or organisation, such as Fashion Scout, Newgen, Fashion East supporting emerging talents. I feel the fashion environment in Taiwan is changing towards to a better condition. With a wider awareness from local customers and the government, there are more and more Taiwanese graduates who are starting their own brand supported by their families. Yet we …

Interview – Wilson PK

Wilson is a Hong-Kong-born and London-based designer who graduated last year from the prestigious Central Saint Martins. His Spring-Summer 2015 collection, his first one as a graduated designer, had a strong emphasis on materials and expressed Wilson’s will to create modern textiles with biological references and religious beliefs. Lately, he introduced his Pre-Fall 2015 collection. With strong aesthetics, clean shapes, and the use of interesting materials, Wilson PK seduces us and make us think he belongs to the ones to follow. Moderneast : In your collection, a special attention is given to fabrics and materials used. Where does your inspiration come from? Wilson PK: For my pre fall collection I was heavily inspired by genetic pattern. Taking a looking at DNA strands, patterns and their influence on our genetic makeup. The core of my inspiration always comes from what’s happening my life, usually relating back to the social and political agenda around me. ME : How would you describe your first collection? WPK: For my graduate collection I created dramatic garments that were mainly showpieces so …

VULCAN: the world’s largest 3D-printed pavilion

As China was designed as the design capital (now THAT is a lame pun) in 2011 by the UNESCO, there is no wonder why innovation in that sphere came from there. In the Beijing Design Week (BJDW) 2015 which held from September 23th to October 7th, visitors could observe the VULCAN pavillion, the largest building made entirely out of 3D-printers by LCD (Laboratory for Creative Design). This technology is based upon the principle of material superposition, which is different from the usual subtraction (drilling) or deformation (molding). Plus, this system enables the user to get rid of the assemble or correcting design flaws steps (at least for small-sized objects). With its 1086 different units, going up to eight meters long, and its height almost reaching three meters, the pavillion entered the Guinness book for its size. It took 30 days and 20 printers to make the pieces and 12 days and 15 men to put them together. Its name, « VULCAN », comes from the latin word for « volcano ». In fact, the pavillion gets its shape after the …

Interview – Sketcharound

How the brand started ? What was the inspirational thing to start this project ? Two co-founders – Priscilla and Kan – worked for more than three years in local fashion industry, well experienced in high-end womenswear and fashion shows. As far as we are concerned, quality and delicacy are not an expensive luxury that only exists in gowns or evening wears, but a priceless thing in the fashion world. We both believe that delicate craftsmanship could also work well in contemporary daywear or even minimalistic style. Hence we decided to launch a label with a new definition of modern chic for urban people.   Why did you think it’s better to start a unisex brand ? (For ex. it’s more marketable or it’s more likeable for the young generation, etc.) We intend to make a garment piece the most as a basic wardrobe item for both modern genders, so we come up with “Unisex Tailoring”. Unlike the usual interpretation about neuter, dandy feminine or masculine feminine as people commonly know. SKETCHΔROUND reforms the concept of “unisex” …

WMV Spring/Summer 2016

Usually known for menswear, Visvim lately introduced his little sister: the label WMV,  which presented its Spring/Summer 2016 womenswear collection. Hiroki Nakamura, creative director of both brands, applies Visvim’s aesthetic to WMV. For instance, some pieces of this collection evoke the Americana  for which the designer is known. However, the collection shows new aesthetic aspects, with a boho and vintage inspiration, featuring long patterned dresses, khaki jackets, denim skirts and cow-boyish hats. Mimosa Gravier

Magno

Singgih Susilo Kartono is a Balinese designer who founded Magno, an auto-editor brand specialized in small daily use objects made with high quality craftsmanship. Born and raised in Kandangan village in Central Java, Indonesia; he studied design overseas but decided to come back to his roots and try to improve the quality of life of his peers with the knowledge he gained. He then created Magno, his own design brand. « Magno » stands for « magnify » and « G » was added to its logo because Singgih thinks it is an interesting shape by its sculptural aspect. Therefore, Magno is more than a brand, it’s a way of thinking, looking through a magnifying glass that allows you to see the details and appreciate their beauty. Singgih believes that the customer should cultivate a strong relationship with the objects he possesses as they are part of his life. He is fighting against the consumption behavior that our society has created. That’s the reason why he has turned towards natural materials to create his products, …

Minju Kim Spring/Summer 2016

Minju Kim has designed her Spring/Summer 2016 collection taking inspiration from the famous Japanese tale ‘The tale of the Princess Kaguya‘. Exploring the story of a miniature girl in the forest, she has put together a girly – almost childlike – and colorful universe. Some of the garments look very juvenile and seem to be inspired directly from an imaginary world, with symbols and drawings relating to nature. The looks are light, rural and let the wind blows. Another aspect of the collection, almost opposed, is darker, more mature, as if Minju Kim wanted to symbolize the end of the tale, when the miniature girl leave towards her original land, the moon. Claire Le Boudouil