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April 17 2014

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On Our Radar: James Jean x Lane Crawford

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“I had always been looking for an interesting way to translate my work into three dimensions,” artist James Jean reveals of OVM, his new jewelry and accessories collection, which launches with an exclusive line of limited-edition print scarves, pouches, and iPhone veils at one of the Far East’s top shopping destinations, Lane Crawford. This collaboration, titled Velum, is a natural extension for Jean, perhaps best known in the fashion world for conceiving of the now iconic fairy prints seen in Prada’s Spring ’08 collection. “I started brainstorming ideas and taking parts from my artwork and translating them into wearable art,” Jean tells Style.com of beginning his creative process. “The idea is that jewelry is more interesting because it’s an abstraction of my work.” The result is an installation at Lane Crawford’s Blitz concept space that will house the limited-edition prints, which were designed around the notions of transparency. Relying on the exploration of the subconscious, dreams, and fantasy that has become his signature, the collection’s print scarves ($255 each) are rendered in chiffons to mimic the textures and materials present in the space’s Glass House.

Treating his OVM designs as the artifacts from his expressive paintings, Jean paired with Hong Kong’s legendary retailer Lane Crawford for the opportunity to bring the narrative landscape of his work to life in a fully idealized space. In addition to the exclusive prints, Blitz will feature a hand-painted mural, OVM jewelry and accessories, and books that all work together to form Jean’s dimensional world. And it’s a deeply personal world that will continue to shape the visual artist’s journey. “Whenever I create art it comes from a very personal space. I naturally pull inspiration from my instincts when I’m putting together imagery, and afterward is when I’m able to figure out the narrative,” he says. The OVM x BLITZ project for Lane Crawford is available beginning today at Lane Crawford, Hong Kong, and online at LaneCrawford.com. The collection debuts exclusively here on Style.com.

Pictured: A limited-edition silk scarf from the collection (left) and an detailed look at the print (top).

Photos: James Jean; Courtesy of Lane Crawford

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