Maiyet was among the labels that seceded from the runway-presentation paradigm in the name of a high-profile creative collaboration. Benjamin Millepied choreographed and directed a five-part video tableaux titled “Passage to Dawn,” a ballet based on the Greek love story of Daphnis and Chloe. Captured in mesmerizing super-slow-motion video, it featured Maiyet-clad dancers from the L.A. Dance Project in scenes of passion and anger that brought to mind the surrealist work of Pina Bausch.
The lush, highly stylized cinematography was beautiful, a relief from runway duty for the viewer and a great way for Maiyet to distinguish and lacquer its image — even if the video related to the actual collection only tenuously. Creative director Kristy Caylor said the inspiration started with dance and motion, which translated to the fluid cut of wide-leg trousers slit up the front, and asymmetrically draped dresses and gowns in earthy block prints. But there was elegant tailoring, too, such as sculptural black lace on a crisp top, skirt and blazer. Aesthetically, the collection has evolved past the artisanal platform on which it launched to pure Westernized luxury. Maiyet has full semiprecious and fine-jewelry offerings, and Caylor noted that for spring, the label made a push for the red carpet with languid tank gowns, one in solid red, and one in black with botanical handbeading.