After working at Alexander McQueen, Swiss designer, London based Arlette Ess decided to start her own accessories label. She creates prints and products that stand out because of their intellectual elegance. Like the scarf you see above, a beautiful piece called ‘sleeping dogs’, that reminded me somehow of Escher’s paintings. So when I learned a bit more about the history behind the print, I wasn’t surprised to know that Ess is inspired by the works of Jung and the idea of a collective cultural identity. Particularly this design is inspired and influenced by various experiences and mythologies.
The actual drawings are derived from very different dogs: street dogs encountered on travels, beloved pets of friends, or unknown darlings on the web. But all the dog drawings have a bit of their own identity, never intended to be a mere copy of an animal I met or saw on a picture. Dogs enjoy a rich mythological history. The dog has long been viewed as a liaison between the physical and non-physical dimensions. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Celts and Aztecs all have prescribed the dog as a sacred guardian of the Otherworlds.
Besides this powerful association with death and transition, as a symbol the dog often stands for loyalty, friendship, guardianship, protection and communication.
Arlette Ess aims with her designs to dress you with a cherish adornment. An accessory is a very personal object, she says, to which we can relate to with our own experiences and dreams. Emotion and reason are intertwined in her designs.
The scarfs themself are stunning, in amazing silk quality, made with lots of attention to detail in the UK. After talking to her last weekend, I left wanting to know more about those dreams and ‘emotional landscapes’, something that often happens when you talk to someone that is passionate about what they do. More of her designs can be found on her website. [...]
For the this summer 2014, Factoria Rent Me presents a new feminine and delicate collection called “In a Bubbaloo Sphere”. With her designs, designer Carolina Diez-Cascón wanted to create a feeling of comfort, “A Bubbaloo Sphere”, where you can feel [...]
This book is an amazing compilation of styles and experimentation with different media of one of fashion design’s pillars: Fashion Illustration. Not only every dress begins with a sketch, fashion illustration today mirrors trends as well as unique fashion designs. So it was time for the serie Illustration Now! to feature fashion illustration: in these pages we find [...]
HUNTER AND GATTI introduce a selection of “THE SERIES” at “Affordable Care”. A group show during Art week Miami 2013 with OPUS Reps artists Bert Stern, Colin Finlay, Greg Lotus, Hunter & Gatti, Mary Ellen Mark, Miranda Penn Turin, Paul Solomons and Ben jones, David LaChapelle, Gia Trinble, Jeanette Hayes, Manny Prieres, Melanie Pullen, Petra Cortright, Robert Montgomery, Vance Lorenzini and Yung Jake. Kanye West is also a participant, along with one of his more frequent collaborators, the artist Vanessa Beecroft. Starting today and until the 7th.
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Why? Because it’s one of those nowadays popular collaborations between a big house and an independent artist. Because the artist is from Argentina (is nice to see some variation, so many countries in the world to explore talent!), because the artist is attentive to environmental issues and (0f course)because it’s a pretty design. If you are looking for an overpriced statement T-Shirt, this would be a good starting point.
This T-Shirt is part of a denim collection for this fall. Marni collaborated with Argentinian artist Romina Quiros on a selection of accessories and t-shirts. The printed designs are featured on several pieces throughout the collection including PVC shoppers with leather handles, I-Pad cases and cotton jersey t-shirts. Available at Marni store http://www.marni.com/
This week I was really inspired by the work of two of my favourite designers, Raf Simons and Dries Van Noten and so I did two quick sketches inspired by them. Simons silhouettes were surprisingly feminine but somehowyou don’t care so much about it when you see them, because they look fresh, young and new. I also I loved the concept:
“All the boys were natural tonight. There was nobody who did the hair for them. We showed them as they come so it was very much about the way of dressing, the way of choosing the clothes as a way to express yourself. It was not a camouflage in terms of how you can create yourself with hair or product or styling. You think about the collection and that is what is interesting right now. You can just take it or leave it but hopefully take it. “ Raf Simons for Dazed and Confused
Dries Van Noten‘s dare use of flower prints in a dark palette ”Seeing how far you can go with transparent shirts and dévoré and still be able to say, ‘Hey man, this is men’s clothes.’”*, and textures are so bold and elegant. Amazing!
Creativity is always an ongoing process, that sometimes needs a tad bit of help. That was the starting point for the last post I did for the Absolut Mode Society website that talks about tools to boost our creative talents. One of them was Fashionary, a tailor-made sketchbook not only for fashion designers, but bloggers, styling artists and fashionistas who use it to plan their outfits.
“The idea of creating Fashionary popped up when I was discussing with my girlfriend on how difficult to draw consistent figures with our fastest pace.’If semi transparent templates were on every page of the sketchbook, we could focus on our designs without considering the proportion of figures.’ What’s more, we all want a handy sketchbook that provides useful technical information for reference. So, I decided to create Fashionary which is tailor-made for fashion designers.” told me recently the creator Penter Yip. What I think: A useful tool that may come in handy now that is fashion week season ;-)