At the 10th Vietnam International Fashion Week in Hanoi
Metiseko made their runway debut and firmly planted their artisanal heels as a major player in Vietnam’s fashion scene.
One of the many elaborate headpieces created especially for the runway
The room dims to pitch black and the hum of conversation dwindles out to heavy silence. The twang of a traditional Vietnamese zither fills the room and a woman’s gentle singing falls upon the crowd. Deep, steady drum beats join the chorusas the lights draw up, and supermodel of the moment, Nguyễn Quỳnh Anh, confidently stomps onto the runway in silk-tasseled blue-suede ankle boots. A slinky silk maxi dress in all-over white and blue floral print is reminiscent of porcelain fine china. The sensual flow of her feminine dress, complete with thigh-high split, is offset by the masculinity of a clean-cut, cropped bolero jacket in solid navy. Her intense stare is amplified by precise cat-eye winged liner in a deep shade of crimson, and sharp, bold brows that could cut through ice...
...Metiseko has arrived.
The opening look on supermodel of the moment, Nguyễn Quỳnh Anh
For the 10th edition of Vietnam International Fashion Week, it was expected that everyone involved would be pulling out all the stops. But in a sea of jaw dropping red carpet looks worthy of a museum Metiseko with it’s clean, easy, ready-to-wear garments, was a welcome breath of fresh air.
The biggest obstacle for Metiseko in the lead up to the show? How to stand up to the rest of the outstanding designer talent and not look out of place while presenting a collection of wearable everyday looks. To answer the challenge, Metiseko turned to what their brand identity roots itself heavily in… supporting the true artisans of Vietnam. Since starting Metiseko as a school project in 2010, Erwan Perzo has focused on building an ethical brand providing high-end RTW collections that - from initial concept through to final product in store - are proudly designed, developed, sourced, and produced in Vietnam, for Vietnam.
‘Lady in Red’ - styling, makeup, and hair were inspired by the traditional costumes and makeup looks of traditional Vietnamese Opera known as ‘Cải lương’
The team worked closely with Fashion 4 Freedom to create three pairs of their iconic wooden platform heels, hand-carved by artisans from the carpentry village of Kim Bong just south of Hoi An. Metiseko also collaborated with a distinguished Vietnamese family who create traditional costumes for the Vietnamese Opera. The collaboration produced the elaborate headpieces that made an impact on the runway with their height, volume, movement, and drama. A French designer based in Hoi An who specializes in embroidery and embellishment was also called upon to create a series of delicate sequined fans that models slowly sauntered down the runway with, as well as silk-tassel belts and standout costume jewellery neckpieces comprised of large brass panels.
‘Fashion 4 Freedom’ created three pairs of their iconic wooden platform heels for the runway show, hand-carved by artisans from the carpentry village of Kim Bong just south of Hoi An
By supporting local artisans and celebrating generations of Vietnamese tradition and talent, Metiseko were able to create elevated editorial looks that completely represent the brand from head to toe, transporting the sartorial crowd into the Metiseko universe. By participating in Vietnam International Fashion Week Metiseko confirmed themselves as an established RTW brand in Vietnam. Validating themselves as a heavyweight player within the industry.
Delicate sequined fans, silk-tassel belts and brass-panelled neck pieces were created in collaboration with a French designer based in Hoi An
As the models take to the runway for their final walk, the steady gait of Metiseko’s army of strong women picks up speed. They step harder. Faster. The trill of saxophones and fast-paced strums of electric guitars is reminiscent of a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack. Two months of sweat, tears and dedicated teamwork has produced a runway show that is a true celebration of Vietnam, a celebration that builds to a climax of flaming reds and deep blues...
...Metiseko has arrived.
Where to Shop for Metiseko in Vietnam:
TANMY DESIGN CORNER
ORGANIC COTTON BOUTIQUES
SNAP CAFE BOUTIQUE
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