The following excerpts are from my interview editorial with Maaji Swim creators Manuela and Amalia Sierra. For the full article, visit SJ Chronicle.
The 2014 collection centered around imaginative journeys and whimsical discovery. In a backstage interview with our editor Semant Jain, the Sierra sisters said, “within the prints you will see many things. [The] really important trip that woman can do. Making [the] impossible possible.”
Lingerie designer Nani Valenzuela contributed a dozen looks to open the show. Maaji’s signature mixed prints were featured on bralettes, bustiers, hipster briefs, and cheeky bottoms, accessorized with collar cutouts, cuffs and white ski-like boots with wooden platforms.
Following the intimates opening, male and female models introduced the bohemian, seaside adventure. Vibrant, mismatched prints and patterns blended a medley of color across the pirate-themed runway, enhanced by pirate hats, bandanas and eye patches to create a swimwear daydream. The Columbian influenced palette included the full spectrum, highlighting coral, purple, tangerine, aqua and canary yellow.
The “Chimeric Wayfarer” collection encompassed diverse pieces for every summer escapade. From boldly cut bikinis and one-pieces, to matching cover-ups, shorts, and light summer blazers, the magic of Maaji shone through each bold, overlapping texture. Corset inspired tops and bustiers were adorned with florals, tribal patterns, and geometric shapes. Flutter style tops and long mesh skirts created movement on the runway while others, such as a daring upward swoop cut, were fastened in place to show just the right amount of cleavage from the bottom.
Maaji also previewed their first men’s collection. Chiseled male models sported summertime signatures such as citron, pink, and royal blue in bold tribal prints. “[We’re presenting] eight pieces in bright colors and prints. Magical stuff. [We] translate all the magic we do within the women’s to the men’s collection. We put a lot of love into both, so hopefully everyone will enjoy.”
[As seen on SJChronicle]