[Fashion & Styling] Maiyet Fall/Winter 2013

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Paris Fashion Week isn't over, yet I'm already head over heels in love with Maiyet.  This young label caught my attention when they first debuted in Paris two years ago.  Frankly, it was mainly because of its philosophy to forge partnerships with artisans to promote self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship in developing countries while producing high quality goods.

When it comes to luxury fashion and having a positive impact on the world, we usually think of ball gowns worn to charity galas.  So was this a marketing gimmick?  Apparently not.  Maiyet's South African founder, Paul Van Zyl- a human rights lawyer with global connections, and company president- Kristy Caylor spent six months sourcing craftsmen in Colombia, South Africa, and Kenya for their debut collection.

Each of their collections are timeless and has unparalleled richness and human touch.  It is designed for those who recognize quality and seek something unique; someone who is captivated by the caliber of design and further inspired by the soul behind the work.  For their F/W 13 collection, Kristy Caylor and designer Gabriella Zanzani look to the Himalayas for inspiration.  The result was not only beautiful, on trend- featuring the rounded shoulders, voluminous sleeves, and rich textures that have been key players on the fall runways, but it also paid homage to the native Himalayan costumes.  See here and here for examples.

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