Jeremy Laing Tries for a Hat Trick
It’s shaping up to be a big Spring ’14 for Jeremy Laing. This season, the Canadian designer has teamed up with fellow Torontonian, celebrated multidisciplinary artist Julia Dault, to create a series of collaborative prints—two of which debut exclusively above. Focusing on Dault’s mathematical, labor-intensive process, Laing—known for his dynamic, street-savvy silhouettes—worked closely with the artist to translate her vision from the canvas to the catwalk.
“We both agreed on a studio approach where you set a process in motion, follow it through to its conclusion, and learn as it progresses,” Laing told Style.com. One of Dault’s signatures is to build up layers of paint—often on textiles like spandex or silk—then scrape those layers away to reveal kaleidoscopic topographies and repetitions underneath. It’s a practice that Laing mirrored through “a burnout, where you use an acid solution to remove one of the fibers in a blend.” Those complex, colorful patterns (like fractals, or geometric ginkgo leaves) will appear on “body aware” jersey, while magnified repeats of similar shapes will be screened on silk.
Laing also revealed that Spring ’14 will see the introduction of footwear (rendered in partnership with Los Angeles-based LD Tuttle) and menswear. As to the reasoning behind the latter, Laing replied, “I wanted to be my own muse, for a second.”