It was a crisp spring evening last week when I made my way (in heels, no less) to the top of the Etnies showroom in New York to view the 2010 Resort Presentation of the amazing new line Boxing Kitten. Created from the ground up by designer Maya Lake, Boxing Kitten infuses vintage silhouettes with vibrant ethnic prints to create styles that recall rich cultural histories of women both past and future. Sold primarily to friends and family in line’s conception stages, Boxing Kitten now counts Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, and Rihanna among its fans.
For the Spring Season, Boxing Kitten created a strong and cohesive collection of looks inspired by the political climate during the Civil Rights Era. Retro-flavored pieces pulled from by 1960s cuts and popular styles. Both wispy-thin strapped and strapless demure dresses tapered in at the waist to modestly accentuate the figure, flaring out into classic A-line hems. Rolled leg, high-waisted slacks were paired with collared and cropped tie-waist tops, recalling a staple look associated with the 1950s and 60s. One of the standout pieces was a beautifully constructed one-piece corseted jumpsuit, intricately stitched to compliment the female figure in a way that most lines these days seem to disregard. Besides feminine tailoring, the theme anchoring the entire collection was the bevy of bold, ethnic prints in shades of lush purples, mustards, and magentas. The combination of florals, jacquards, and diamond prints splashed across the Resort 2010 collection are dizzying, but in the best way possible.
As impressed as I was with Boxing Kitten’s Resort 2010 collection, I was also equally impressed by the attention to detail the designer and her team put into the styling. Teaming up with Osbourn shoes, the footwear for the night was kept flat and included a fun pair of sneaker wingtips in addition to a few different lace-up plimsolls created specifically for Boxing Kitten. Hair was done up in traditional retro pin curls, and tied with bowed printed and striped ribbons. Cat-eyed sunnies provided the finishing touches. The models themselves were the perfect compliment to the Boxing Kitten aesthetic, with Nia Mora (photographer and sister to Top Model Naima) and singer/musician Tecla (whose recent EP Strangers in Masks has become a M.I.S.S. favorite) wearing the looks to perfection.
The Presentation Event seemed to be targeted at Boxing Kitten’s high-profile clientele, with notables such as Estelle in attendance. DJ-ed by DJ Jahi Sundance and DJ Rashida, the music for the event was a mix of my favorite Motown hits and retro modern faves. Popcorn, fruit, Jello molds, and grapefruit infused drinks courtesy of Belvedere were doled out to the guests, putting the perfect touches on the night. The older I get, the more I appreciate quality nights out like the Boxing Kitten Resort 2010 Presentation, and my appreciation stems even deeper when I think about the bright future Maya Lake’s creativity has in store for fans of the line in seasons to come.
Peek at the rest of our pictures from the night below, as well as some shots from the Boxing Kitten lookbook.
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