For her memorable spring-summer 2008, Miuccia Prada worked closely with artist James Jean on developing special prints for the clothes and the show venue. The inked drawings depict a lush and slightly scandalous landscape of flowers and nymphs (blending suggestions of Art Nouveau and Hieronymus Bosch). By projecting the actual imaginary world over the dresses and ball-skirts, then distorting and separating the various colour layers, the Prada fairytale seemed to breath throughout the entire season. And even though nearly a decade passed since the show took place, looking back at this intriguing collection takes you to another, magical place.
P.s. Recently, Prada has invited Jean for another equally fantastical collaboration – read about the brand’s resort 2018 collection here.
Collage by Edward Kanarecki.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might noticed that I had an interview column (by the way, I am planning to revive it in 2016!) and I wrote about the super talented, London-based artist Helen Bullock. Her vivid fashion illustrations and bold prints felt so full of life and attitude. And now, this unique personality launched her own bags line, printed with her signature vibrant prints. The limited edition collection is a selection of custom canvas tote bags, with hand stitched leather straps, and contrast print pockets. Hand printed with bright and bold gestural marks and her favourite colour pallete including, Lizard, Grape, and Traffic Cone Orange, these totes are roomy, and “even roomier for the weekend” as she told me! Alongside these, there is a collection of Limited Edition Giclee Prints – all in editions of 20. The original fashion illustrations were seen in magazines including AnOther, and CNN Style. You can buy all of these goods in her new on-line store, www.helenbullock.com
I feel Helen’s must-haves are good tips for arty Christmas presents! And, you can read our interview here.
I love this Vivienne Westwood illustration so much.
In homage to Jean Cocteau, Parfum d’Empire sign the Cologne “Eau de Goire” millésimée and limited edition. One way to give glory to the great poet for the fiftieth anniversary of his death. Director of life, multi-faceted artist, at a time and turn novelist, playwright, filmmaker, designer, he was the genius who hugged the life of an extraordinary artistic look.”Look like nothing, look like nobody. There is no praise that can touch me more.” This rare water is only published in 300 copies. From an exceptional maturity of 10 years, this wine has a unique character and complexity. A cologne that opens with the sparkling freshness of green notes ( galbanum ) and citrus (lemon, mandarin, bergamot ) aromates (lavender, myrtle, rosemary ) leather accents mingled with incense and hay.This is the alliance of opposites, fresh and hot, transparent notes and rich natural materials, softness and strength. Available at COLETTE
Milan Fashion Week has always one label that I would most love to see first. And it’s of course Prada. But what kind of Prada- Miuccia really outdid herself for Summer 2014. The collection was all about Italian modern artists, and specifically, Italian female artist. The venue of the show was all covered with a kind of graffiti representing women in different sceneries- one in a jungle, second in a pink background. But all of them had one thing in common- their edgy way of dressing!
First look, first impressions- difficult colours for Summer and prints of women on skirts. Wow. Then embroideries. Then fur (just like Summer ago. Yes, this collection about geishas…) coats and again amazing prints. I thing this is one of the most collector edition season by Miuccia- well, every collection of Prada is like a limit edition, but this is really the type that is just begging to be found in wardrobe. Even one of these cute clutches or pair of these crazy shoes! This collection is simply… A piece of art that can be worn one women! Applause for Prada!!! ❤❤❤
So, after Olympia Le-Tan designed these ridiculous book cluthes that are everywhere’s bestsellers, our Olympia believed in her fashion talent and launched already her second womenswear collection. The clothes are all blasting with sex appeal, slim fitting and bavarian luxury. The effect is shown in this pretty cute lookbook, that is illustrated by Pierre Le-Tan (Olympia’s dad). As a result, instead of the heads of models in the pictures were painted: foxes, bears, deer, deer, rabbits and other forest dwellers. The whole project is collaborated with Ellen Von Utwerth! It all sounds cute and superb, but still the clothes are, I would say, looking cheap and poor, and the must have clutches are sad for me.