This is Cynthia Mak and Xiao Xiao, showing their collaborative AW’15 collection in the Touba showroom at London Fashion Week. Firstly we stopped to check out the great knitwear and then was drawn in by the boldly graphic, clean cut but accessible and wearable looks this design collaboration has created. There’s a really lovely mixture of tough and sweet in this collection that we really like. A kind of merging of both designer’s styles but still retaining their own signatures too.
Both are Central Saint Martins graduates. Mak stayed in the UK post graduation, working for some very prestigious labels (Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Preen by Thornton, Roksanda Illincic) before returning home to Hong Kong where she is now based.
Beijing born Xiao Xiao initially studied fine art and textiles before merging this interests with fashion design. Directly after graduation she moved back to China in preparation for launching her own label. The pair are by no means neighbours but have still managed to work closely (apparently Skype was a great help) to deliver this really fresh looking, dual-branded label.
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Tags: Alexander McQueen, Autumn Winter 2015, Central Saint Martins, Cynthia Mak, Designer Showrooms, London Fashion Week, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Roksanda Ilincic, Somerset House, Touba, Vivienne Westwood, Xiao Xiao