GET TO KNOW: MAISIE WILEN
“One day he completely surprised me by offering to back me in having my own collection. it was the most exciting thing that ever happened to me.” - Maisie Wilen
The brand’s Instagram tagged photos are a treasure trove of well-dressed women all successfully showing off their confidence and personal style when stepping out in the vividly coloured nylon bodysuits. Although the pieces themselves are enough of a statement to be worn on their own while being commonly paired with more basic footwear and accessories, Maisie Wilen fans alike always seem to make sure one thing is clear between their fit pics — the clothing does the talking.
Now, it's time to touch on just who helped fast-track the namesake label off the ground, and we’ll give you a clue in the form of a Chance The Rapper lyric… "I met Kanye West, I’m never going to fail”. That’s right, the man who Maisie worked alongside for nearly 3 years and was made his protégé was none other than Kanye West.
It began in December 2015, the man we now call ‘Ye’ (after his very recent name change) had at this time already shocked the fashion world with two Yeezy season collections and made a prominent mark within the industry. Shortly after Yeezy Season 2 was shown to the world, a-then 24-year-old Maisie Schloss entered the scene and started as an assistant womenswear designer for Yeezy. At the time, Maisie’s job description was anything from recording information during fittings to creating CAD drawings of the entire collection, but she quickly proved herself to become one of the main womenswear designers for the label in just one year. It was during the middle of 2019 when West made headlines for his official launch-announcement of a creative incubator for young designers. This was to be the life-changing opportunity that Maisie was the very first recipient of, as she once recalled the exchange to Vogue in saying “Kanye very generously offered to support me; he truly cares about sharing resources and creating opportunities for creatives to grow and be recognised.”
Maisie Wilen has a piece for everyone. If going out and being the centre of attention is your thing, then explore her selection of skin-tight bodysuits or perforated turtlenecks. If you want a more subtle look while keeping that Wilen vibrancy, then perhaps the Humanoid race jackets are the ones to incorporate into your wardrobe. Whatever the vibe is, one thing we know for sure, Maisie Wilen is here to disrupt the industry in all the right ways.