5 posts tagged "Erik Madigan Heck"
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″ »
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.
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.
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” »