GETTING INTIMATE WITH FASHION AND ART: FEATURING NHA KHANH
Fashion is the most intimate form of art because it moves and lives with you. Fashion inhabits your very being.
I like thinking of fashion as a portal into the beauty of the world. This is why I love Nha Khanh so much. Nha Khanh's designs not only focus on modern glamour; they're inspired by art, architecture, and nature. The designs are ethereal, meticulously constructed, and host an ease about them that allows for an effortless sensibility. The brand offers several lines including contemporary ready-to-wear, a custom Atelier collection and bridal.
The Nha Khanh mission is to empower women with inner-strength through their clothing while focusing on “feminine elegance with a modern edge.” “Nha”, in Vietnamese, is a feminine word implying ‘light and elegance’, whereas “Khanh” is a masculine word, meaning ‘victory and celebration’. The fusion of the words creates a balance of unison between feminine and masculine. The collection joins lightness and softness of silhouette and fabrication with the celebration of construction and classic forms. This is the fundamental philosophy and creative driving force behind the Nha Khanh label.
For this special Nha Khanh feature, my photographer and I had initially decided to shoot outdoors in a park. On our way out of the lobby in my apartment, I pointed out the several paintings and photographs celebrating the Jersey City graffiti art scene. One piece in particular stood out to me. A flamingo elegantly perched on a fire hydrant under an umbrella (because why the heck not?!) surrounded by a mirage of saturated hues of pinks, purples, and blues. A sense of familiarity washed over me as I stood before this image I had walked past hundreds of times on my way out of the door until finally, it hit me. The very dress I was wearing embodied the story this work of art was telling; the way the silk danced each time I took a step, the dissonance between the textiles, the whimsicality of the way form met color. 'This is it', I thought, smiling to myself. And just like that, we set up and right smack in the middle of my lobby (confused tenants passing by and all!), we transformed the space into a studio where art and fashion could collide.
How has fashion collided with you? I would love to hear your story, make sure to comment down below and let's start a conversation!
Xoxo, Diwa Doll
Dress by Nha Khanh
Photography: Mirna Plakalovic
Special thanks for Diana Zapata from Full Force Public Relations for seamlessly helping coordinate this fabulous shoot!