Myrza de Muynck
March 21, 2013 London
This collection was a typically sui generis outing for the designer, who debuted her line two years ago. Its key motif was the patch—pieces of fabric with pearl- or seed-beaded evil-eye embroideries, which had been sewn onto garments with a purposefully amateur stitch. Other looks included silk-screened pieces made from towel cotton, and track pants with de Muynck's signature drop-waist banding, and tulle tops with knit sleeves. This was a small collection, but it had a lot of range, and the details were very compelling. The qualm had to do with de Muynck's skirt and dress silhouettes, which could have been a bit more refined, without sacrificing the aesthetic. More generally, it would have been nice to see a few of de Muynck's savvy adaptations of the shell suit, which have been a highlight of previous collections. Really, though, the overarching impression was a designer creating something unique, with limited means. That kind of effort deserves not only praise but industry support.