Here’s a brief look at Maiden Noir Spring/Summer 2018, presented at NYFWM Men’s Day at Dune Studios.
We were simply captivated by the mysticism and stoic fantasy that Maiden Noir presented in the form of “Return to the Stone Garden”, an exploration of Hockney’s paintings of the factious place by the same name. Perhaps not such a wayward look at the Mod 60’s, Maiden Noir has created a space of pleasure and grace that has one further layer of historical implication: a range of colors that is based on David Hockney’s personal color palette. It is this kind of small token of historical information that emboldens the designer and thus the wearer; a feeling of relation.
Maiden Noir has created a playground of cotton and nylon; the sensibilities of the ‘60s in a way that we might have imagined a future in which a kitchen only contained a microwave oven. Coats, painterly but not like Monet (oh, wait!). Fleece and rayon; The stripes of a perfectly cut jacket, right at the waist- simple enough to pass as trad, but mod enough to feel curated and never ancient. Layers of pink- but they are not all one color; rather: shades of pink in layers of material. Such charm!