To the Caribbean

Maximilian’s SS22 Fashion East debut was inspired by his Caribbean heritage
By Cristian Burbano | 22 September 2021

British designer Maximilian Davis took us on a Caribbean adventure for the debut show of his eponymous label. The Manchester native has become a modern purveyor of Black elegance, garnering much fanfare for his minimal, sleek and provocative designs, with the likes of Rihanna and Zendaya championing his garments.

Looking towards the Caribbean and its islands and people, the designer’s SS22 offering was created with three pillars in mind: “homecoming, nostalgia, and freedom.”  Inspiration came way of childhood memories plucked from family trips to Trinidad (his parent’s birthplace) fused with naval military uniform references and a nod to the drama of Dr No, the 1962 Bond film set in Jamaica, with Maximilian making his own cut out swimsuit look echoing Ursula Andress’ iconic opening scene. Titled Scarlet Ibis, after Trinidad’s native bird, the collection looked to its bright scarlet plumage for colour references, with equally bold colourways sitting alongside minimal monochrome options. The final look proved a dramatic exclamation mark on an impressive debut: a carnival-inspired rubber creation with urchin-like spikes protruding from every angle, made in collaboration with designer Nasir Mazhar.

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