Describing his design philosophy as “sophisticated,” the graduate of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts pays extra attention to fabrics—he begins his design process by manipulating fabrics before sketching out the garments. Mak admires the eccentric aesthetic and wearability of Japanese and Belgian designers, which is a style he adapt. The 23-year-old has big plans for himself: In five years time, he hopes to establish a clothing brand with the mission to modernise Asian crafts and heritage for the contemporary world.
Focusing on menswear for the past three years— this collection marks his first foray into the realm of womenswear. Making a drastic switch isn’t always easy, but Mak has succeeded in creating a collection that fuses masculine tailoring with a feminine outlook. Departing from human anatomy, Mak then took his research further and dived into medical books, pulling out pictures of muscles, bone structures and skin textures in microscopic views. Those provided the basis of a collection that plays heavily on the ideas of contrasts and gradation.
Mak engineered fabrics that go from opaque to sheer, as if they are transitioning from hard bone to soft skin. A colour scheme of white, powder pink and lavender accentuated with black rounds up the collection. The application of functional utilitarian elements in his styling and accessories lifts up the youth and playfulness in this collection.