Saturday, April 25, 2015

Matiny Ng - The (new) Schiaparelli, of Geometric Fashion.

Fashion is not art and art is not fashion. But is that really so? It's always such a tussle between the decorative and the profound; the amusing and the serious; the functional and the.. non functional, the sublime; the ridiculous! I first experienced Matiny Ng's designs at the Raffles Byzantium graduate show in December 2013; playful and bold, wearable if you were game, distinctive and creative; using the circle and the square motif. The Menswear there, perhaps being the more radically inspired of the designs.

This year she is back as part of the Raffles International Showcase at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia along with fellow students from that 2013 show and others. Matiny Ng showcases her new label 580 and her SS 15/16 range. The pieces again designed around circle and square motifs speak to me of Non Objective Abstraction in art. Meanwhile, in the men's range there seem to be some sort of Luis Buñuel surrealist clerics, or perhaps it's that fashion parade from Fellini's movie Roma; no no its more Non Objective art as fashion from Matiny Ng. Wearable? I mean really how dare you.. Who cares!

Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Fawn smock dress with subtle check motif, circle cushion hat; Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Fawn smock dress with subtle check motif, circle cushion hat; Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

White jumpsuit with relief red/purple check panel box with door!! Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Back view, white jumpsuit with relief red/purple check panel box with door!! Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

White suit, circle motif in woven contrasting check motif; Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

White suit, circle motif in woven contrasting check motif; Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

White suit, circle motif in woven contrasting check motif; Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Red top with contrasting check pants, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Red top with contrasting check pants, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Womens long shift sleeveless top with a large relief circle motif,  Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Back view, Womens long shift sleeveless top with a large relief circle motif,  Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Detail, Womens long shift sleeveless top with a large relief circle motif,  Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Womens long shift sleeveless top with a large relief circle motif,  Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Menswear, bold blue check jacket (square) white shorts. Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Menswear, circle and square motif, singlet pants and jacket. Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Menswear, circle and square motif, singlet pants and jacket. Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Menswear, circle and square motif, singlet pants and jacket. Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Menswear, The Cross, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Cross motif, ecumenical inspiration? Matiny Ng's 580 label.  Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Menswear, The Cross, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Menswear, the Red Cardinal, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Menswear, the Red Cardinal, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Menswear, the Red Cardinal, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
A Red Cardinal? Matiny Ng's 580 label.  Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Menswear, The Padre, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Menswear, The Padre, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Menswear, The Padre, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
The Padre? Menswear at Matiny Ng's 580 label.  Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Designer Matiny Ng; takes a bow at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
I wonder if quite a few of the audience were wondering what the @#!! was going on with this show; but as you can tell I loved it; the colours the fabrics, the garments construction, and mostly the Ideas! More please Matiny Ng.


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