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August 28 2014

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5 posts tagged "Erik Madigan Heck"

Yoana Baraschi Celebrates the Big 1-0

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2013 marks contemporary designer Yoana Baraschi‘s tenth year in business. And to celebrate the milestone, she’s launching a cocktail capsule called Blue. The range will feature the designer’s best-selling fit-and-flare party frocks and body-con sheaths in baroque brocades and stretchy double knits. At an appointment, Baraschi (who is also known for her illustrations previously published in Women’s Wear Daily) explained that the capsule’s sculpted silhouettes and graphic back cutouts were inspired by armor and corsetry. She also cited “the transparency and the hardness of cicada locusts” as an influence. Aside from those signature dresses, standouts included slim jacquard dinner suits, leather leggings, and a feminized riff on a commanding officer’s peacoat. To display her capsule collection, as well as her Fall ’13 range, Baraschi teamed up with emerging talent Erik Madigan Heck to create an artful lookbook and film. Titled Illusiory Contours, the short debuts exclusively above. Continue Reading “Yoana Baraschi Celebrates the Big 1-0″ »

Insanity as Imagery, Courtesy of Erik Madigan Heck

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Opposites, insanity, clarity, abstraction, and minimalism all rolled into one—such was the concept behind photographer Erik Madigan Heck‘s electrifying images of Mary Katrantzou’s Spring ’13 collection. Heck, who has shot editorials and photographs for everyone from W magazine and Vanity Fair to Haider Ackermann and Ann Demeulemeester, has worked with Katrantzou on unexpected visuals since 2010. “I contacted her originally after she won the Swiss Textile Award. I was enamored with her creativity and use of color, and I thought we could collaborate in an interesting and innovative way,” Heck told Style.com. Intended as an artistic project rather than a campaign, the photos are an eye-catching (and, dare we say, refreshing) approach to showcasing Katrantzou’s clean Spring silhouettes and currency-inspired prints.

Photo: Erik Madigan Heck

Ann Among The Angels

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Ann Demeulemeester’s dreaming of a black Christmas. For the holiday season, the designer created a capsule collection of four black pieces, for men and women, in collaboration with the online retailer TheCorner.com; Ann Demeulemeester (thecorner.com), as the collection is known, will go online on November 22.

To celebrate the capsule collection—which consists of a leather and cotton waistcoat, a cotton cashmere tank top, a pair of pants, and a shopper bag, ranging in price from $430 for the top to $1,290 for the waistcoat—Demeulemeester commissioned artist Erik Madigan Heck, who has worked with Kenzo and Mary Katrantzou, to shoot an 8mm short film in Antwerp featuring the collection. “It’s beautiful how a human being brings a garment to life,” Demeulemeester tells Style.com. “The inexplicable mystery and contrast of a man and a woman and how they intrigue. My aim has always been to incorporate authentic feelings in my work. Erik Madigan Heck’s short movie is a beautiful expression of this.” For his part, Heck described the film earlier this year in conversation with Style.com. “I’m in love with it,” he said at the time. “It’s very blown out, and the models look like angels appearing and disappearing.” The film premieres exclusively below on Style.com.

Photo: Erik Madigan Heck

What The Heck

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Giambattista Valli, Dries Van Noten, Haider Ackermann, Ann Demeulemeester—those are just a few of the heavy hitters photographer Erik Madigan Heck has worked with over the past few years. It’s no wonder those big names are knocking at his door. Just take a look at the images from his hyper-colored Surreal Planes series with Mary Katrantzou (Janice Alida is wearing a Fall 2011 runway look). The anthology and corresponding exhibition feature his work from the past eight months (including images from his Artist as Muse series for A Magazine, where he is a regular contributor). Style.com spoke with Heck about art, fashion, and playing hooky during NYFW.

What do you find interesting about fashion as a photography subject?
That it is malleable; it can become anything, or be a catalyst to do anything else with it.

Tell me a little bit about your working methods. How, for example, did you achieve the high-pigmented color look in those portraits you did for Mary Katrantzou?
My working methods are pretty simple; I like to have a small closed set, one assistant, natural light, and an outside or small studio space. On Mary Katrantzou, that’s a secret, but it’s not how you would think.

What kind of camera do you use?
I use an old Canon EOS 630 film camera.

Tell me a little bit more about the exhibition/book itself. What’s your favorite image in the series?
The book took two months of hard work in terms of designing and laying out, and then obviously shooting all the work this year was intense, but the book just happened naturally. It felt like the right moment. My favorite works are probably the A Return to Giverny series—I want to live in those photographs. Continue Reading “What The Heck” »

A.F. Vandevorst: The Music Video

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There’s luxe and there’s luxe and then there’s Nomenus Quarterly, Erik Madigan Heck’s $6,500 seasonal journal—arguably the most expensive magazine-cum-art piece there is. That more-is-more sensibility has endeared Heck to the high-fashion brands of the world, many of which have turned up in Nomenus‘ pages. Tonight at the Chelsea Art Museum, Heck’s photos featuring the work of Demeulemeester, Lacroix, and Rodarte from quarterlies past go on display, alongside a new video piece Heck created featuring the designs of the Belgian duo A.F. Vandevorst. “I had filmed A.F.’s show in Paris with my Super 8 mm camera and wanted to extend their collection into a performance piece,” Heck explains. “I arranged for a performance of Fratres [by the contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt], to be played by four celloists in New York and in Rome, who were all wearing A.F.’s collection. I felt that their collection was best represented by this piece of music.” A.F. Vandevorst have used cellos before—their Fall 2000 show was scored by a live cellist, Filip Arickx reminded us—but the moody collaboration is certainly something new. At the very least, it marks the first juxtaposition of the designers’ work and merry-go-rounds. Have a look, below.