I came across these photographs shot by Steven Meisel for the December 2007 of Vogue Italia and was intrigued not only by their mesmerizing appeal, but how relevant they seem today. I’ve seen several reinterpretations of this look in editorial features over the past few months. via Trendland Advertisements
On February 17th, Mary Katrantzou will launch a capsule collection for Topshop. A true artist in every sense of the word, the extraordinary Central St. Martins alum is world reknown for her elaborate and bold, artful graphic prints. Katranzou understands pattern like no one else, and for this exclusive collaboration she has explored motifs that embody her iconic designs to a tee. The collection will feature dresses, trousers, T-shirts, blouses and skirts, ranging from $200-$500. via BritishVogue
Far off in the magical land of Samedan, a picturesque village 6 km northeast of St. Moritz, Rick Owens has brought his fantasy world to life in the Chesa Planta house. Built in 1595, the house exists today as a museum restored to convey the look of an 18th century Engadin aristocratic home. On January 28th the museum debuted “Magic Mountain,” an exhibiton composed of Owens’ exquisite artisanal furniture designs. The collection, post-modern and minimalistic, is synonymous with his distinctive design philosophy evoking a sense of goth meets luxury. Some of the highlights include bone chairs with stag antler backs, an oversized alabaster bed that becomes translucent in the sun, and a petrified wood sofa. via V Magazine
While browsing the latest issue W Magazine, I was interrupted by the beauty of Valentino’s spring ad campaign. The delicate nature of the elegant clothing juxtaposed against the monochromatic unrefined textural background makes for a composition nothing short than stunning. After some research I discovered the campaign was shot by internationally renown photographer Deborah Turbeville near her home in Mexico. A true artist, she has the gift of capturing the beauty of the environments in addition to those who occupy them without compromising one or the other.
The summer sale season is nearing an end, fall deliveries are slowly beginning to make their way to the retail floor, and August issues have hit newsstands. That means it is time to put fall in full focus. One of my favorite collections of the season is of that of Jonathan Saunders. His fall collection embraces color and pattern in experimental form with unexpected vivid arrangements that can’t help but catch your attention. The vibrant, expressive prints seem to resemble overexposed photographs, which is likely as Saunders sites Paul Outerbridge as a source of inspiration. Outerbridge an early pioneer with the use of color photography in the 1930’s was known for his ability to transform common objects into semiabstractions with the use of color and light. images via style.com
Berlin based Zoo Magazine partnered with the cutting-edge online fashion retailer thecorner.com to curate Zoo Finest, an exclusive mini-store featuring an avant-garde assortment from four promising emerging design talents. The unique collaboration originated from the need to support creativity, authenticity and originality on an international level. It will showcase the designs of Anne de Grijff, Hien Le, Issever Bahri and Kaviar Gauche, chosen for their creativity, craftsmanship and their fresh take on modern fashion. The shop is slated to launch towards the end of July. I am eagerly anticipating the what the designers have to offer. Learn more here.
Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason, the German-Icelandic artistic duo behind the label Ostwald Helgason met while working at a design studio in London. They soon made their debut at Paris Fashion Week after winning two design grants from the German government. Fusing their combined interests of art, nature and technology, Ostwald Helgason perfectly exemplifies futuristic fashion with exquisitely draped architectural silhouettes and euphoric kaleidoscopic prints. Shop Ostwald Helgason at Opening Ceremony