Jumpsuit inspired black dress, MVT Spring/Summer 2014
We are all about supporting local talent, which is why we wanted to introduce you to our latest find, MVT. The brainchild of Hong Kong based French/Chinese designer Yuen Man Tse, it hits stores later this month in time for the spring/summer 2014 season.
Shorthand for the French word for movement, it’s not Tse’s first foray into fashion. She previously co-founded label and fashion boutique Magnan&Tse in 2010, which was known for its bejewelled T-shirts. The new line however is quite different in that its all about essential yet luxe basics.
“I want to focus on luxury basics made from natural fabrics like silk, organic cotton and viscose. I also wanted it to be sustainable, so even though I am not working with eco friendly fabrics I am creating good quality items you want to keep. I’d describe the style as timeless but modern with an edge. There are a few fashionable pieces to spice up the collection each season,” says Tse.
MVT Spring/Summer 2014
The debut collection, which will be available at retailers including Kapok and Galeries Lafeyette Beijing, consists of 27 styles, many of which will reappear in new permutations each season. The silhouettes are simple, but Tse’s expertise comes in the details and fit, which will constantly evolve.
Highlights from the line include an oversized biker vest which comes with chunky zips or in a cropped version in white. Modern basics appear in the form of jersey skirts, button down boyfriend-style blouses and loose tops made from cotton silk so that they are super lightweight and easy to wear. Up close the wearer can see that all the seams are finished by hand for a polished look.
Another one of Tse’s favouritesis the 1960s style shift dress which took a few months and several fittings on friends to develop. There are also several modern variations of the Little Black Dress from a jumpsuit -inspired style featuring a zip down the middle to a kimono dress and comfortable jersey style with an asymmetrical hem.
While everything comes in a classic colour palette of black and cream, she has also inserted bold colours such as pink, red and yellow as well as some digital prints based on photographs taken by herself and inspired by nature from zebra prints to clouds and flames.
Phoenix dress (left) and flame blouse (right)
And although she uses only the best fabrics from countries like Japan, nothing in the collection retails for more than HK$2,000.