The London-based designer wants us to know that “black elegance exists,” and this debut is one that will make it hard for you to ever forget that. Maximilian’s SS2021 collection with Fashion East collective is bringing a subdued sexy back. The 2-minute presentation video cuts quickly to a cast of beautiful all-Black models in plunging, sleek silhouettes, open-back black dresses, slinky and regal halter tops, and a “Blue Devil” dressed in calf suede slash jeans. It’s appealing, sensual, and ultra-elegant; there is also an unavoidable seriousness involved. The collection is dark yet radiant.
Black skin, deep indigo hues contrasting yellows and reds in the video creates an immersive, colorful experience. The pieces are mostly in monochromatic black and white featuring great details like all over cut outs, tailored fit, and beautiful structure fitting for the message of unapologetic refinement.
“When you think about who wears streetwear, you think of Black people,” the designer said in conversation with Vogue. “When you think of tailoring, you think of white people. It doesn’t make any sense. My dad wore a suit to work every day. It needs to change. This collection is offering a starting point for me to be vocal in that conversation. For so long, Black people haven’t been in charge of their own narratives or, during lockdown, with the shootings, have been seen so one-dimensionally. I want to show people of colour in a different light.”
Images courtesy of Fashion East.