'As The Crow Flies' Part 3
A mere 7235 miles South-East of Norway, amongst a vibrant Indonesian population, you will
come across the endearing MaiKhanh Bertrand . A French / Vietnamese design talent with roots as a fashion stylist. Raised intermittently between Beijing, Los Angeles, Singapore and Hong Kong MaiKhanh trained in Marseilles, ultimately working in both Paris and New York. Such a constant wanderlust has undoubtedly shaped her life and inspired her designs.
Four years ago whilst being based in New York she co-foundedREBELDNCE , an urban prêt-a-porter label. But after moving to Indonesia and starting a family, desires and aesthetics changed, pushing this ever developing creative mind to launch MKHANH in 2011.
Hi MaiKhanh, as someone with lively nomadic tendencies, what level of creative grasp does the area in which your based have on your work?
I’ve based my past collections for REBELDNCE on where I've lived. Paris filters through unique fabrics
and playful shapes. New York introduces an urban camouflage palette and street-wear highlights.
Bali favoured a traditional silhouette with a bold colour palette and strong prints.
The new collection for MKHANH represents Bali from a new perspective. I believe the collection to
be more delicate in colour and refined in shape
How would you decipher between the general public and your imagined customer? For those as yet
unaware of the label, what is it you hope to carry through your garments to the wearer?
I believe my imagined customer is more daring and expressive than the general public. Her wardrobe
is not restricted by time or place. I hope to carry this sense of freedom and curiosity to the women
who decide to wear MKHANH
Your recent collection includes breezy sheer fabric, woollen accessories and heavy outer-garments. Quite a variation in fabrication, seasonal discrepancies that suggest the bi-annual pressures of this hyper-fluid industry do not necessarily stunt your designing process?
It's funny you say that because I really respect seasons when I design. I'm just a person that enjoys
layering masculine pieces during the winter with terribly feminine dresses, thus maintaining a sense
of sophistication under strong protective layers
Imagine in the distant future your filtering the creativity of your works into an informative written
account, a design biography of sorts. What laudatory blurb might entice any prying eyes and does a
scintillating header spring to mind?
‘Uniquely women’ - Season after season, my goal has been to create a label that underlines a
woman's individuality. Encouraging her to express her lightness, determination, inspirations and
realities through a wardrobe that is as equally casual as it is chic