Inspired by a visit to the Suzhou Museum, the last building designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect I.M. Pei, the MASHA MA Fall 2015 collection follows strict geometric lines constructed with contemporary materials.
The use of modern fabric provided a complementary counterpoint to the ancient artifacts that it showcases. Masha Ma transposes this contextual aesthetic to her modern womenswear.
Stone-washed, cracked, jacquard, velour, leather, gauze, quilting, fine twills and ribbing are used and combined on traditional and contemporary classics. Cocoon coats, bombers, pencil skirts and floor sweeping flares offering new points of view.
A bold graphic print playing on the typography of her initial and the Museum’s identity infuses the earthy color palette of bronze, grey, navy and khaki with a metropolitan spirit and re-enforces Ma’s modern exploratory approach.
Elsewhere, Swarovski crystals are used not only as decoration but also as structural elements subverting one’s expectations.
Ma’s unending efforts in 21st century femininity showcase a new Chinese aesthetic language without resorting to cliché.
THIS IS NOT A CULTURAL COLLAGE!
Photos courtesy of Masha Ma