Maya Luz: Dangerous Fashion

John here, Assistant Stylist at Calico.

Everyone’s favorite fashion reality show is back in New York—possibly with the most talented crop of designers to date! Who am I routing for? Maya Luz.

I first learned of Maya’s designs, through a photographer I worked with in Boston. Maya was a student, at the time, working on her senior show at Mass Art. I was immediately impressed and shocked to see that a college-level designer was not so college-level after all.

I just had to see the collection for myself! I contacted her, and we set up a date to shoot a lookbook for her S/S 2009 collection, Fashism.

As soon as Maya began to pull out her pieces at the shoot, I knew this girl was a star! The collection was cleanly-sewn and conceptually cohesive—right down to the coordinated leather gloves and handmade avant garde eyewear that Maya brought for styling.

Fashism is inspired by the fashion victim and by the manipulation of beauty. Tools such as an eyelash curler and scalpel are some of her inspirations in designing these garments.

My personal favorite piece of this collection is the dress that was inspired by the syringe. It is completely hand-sewn, white, twill cotton, with wing-like shoulder details, and purposely-frayed, raw edges.

I died immediately after taking a look at Maya’s corresponding accessories collection for S/S 2010. She really turned it out on this one! The collection spawned from the original “ball and chain,” as most of us know it. Maya says that she aims to create an accessory that can also be used as a weapon. (Isn’t that great?!!)

To intensify this theme, she uses ironic materials such as horse hair, spikes, chain, and patent leather. All which is completely hand-crafted into these amazingly-chic—and dangerous-looking–evening bags.

Maya is definitely a designer to know and keep a close eye on. Check her out on Project Runway every Thursday night at 10pm! We can’t wait to see what she does next…


{Maya’s lookbook images by Conor Doherty.
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Blogged By Elissa

Elissa founded Calico in downtown New Bedford, MA in 2005. She can usually be found at Calico HQ snapping pics for Instagram and heading up photoshoots with the team!

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