5 posts tagged "Jeremy Laing"
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.”
‘Tis the season to make jewelry. More and more of New York’s ready-to-wear designers—suffering, we’re sure, from an overabundance of free time—are adding custom or collaborative jewelry to their collections for the Spring ’11 season. And if you’re a fan of silver, you’re in luck.
Jen Kao has collaborated in the past with other designers on jewelry for her namesake label, but this Spring, she steps out on her own, launching a collection of sterling silver bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and even a belt that pick up Spring’s romantic theme. “When I can be, I am always head-to-toe in jewelry, but it still always feels like there’s an essential piece that’s missing. I particularly love pieces that become such a part of you that you don’t ever want to take them off,” Kao says. “I wanted to design jewelry that speaks the same message as the clothing: personal, easy dramatics.” The weird, slightly supernatural romance of her current theme—”the youthful kismet of desert princes meeting zombie brides,” she says—was replicated in a gift to editors: a dangling pendant from the upcoming collection (above), complete with a hand-penned poem.
For his upcoming collection, Jeremy Laing worked with fellow Torontonian Jaime Sin on a few silver pieces as well. Sin’s main occupation is DJ—she’s done the music for Laing’s shows for the past few seasons—but she’s launching her line on Laing’s girls, some of who will be wearing the geometric pieces Sin and Laing co-designed (above).
And for Fashion’s Night Out, Rogan Gregory and Pamela Love put their heads together for some limited-edition jewels, too. The engraved lockets from the new ROGAN vs LOVE collection are inscribed with dark, allusive phrases—”What Have Your Eyes Done To Me?,” “Don’t Stop Love,” and “Don’t Cry” (above). They’ll be available for $435-475 on Fashion’s Night Out at the Black Carnival, the Bond Street block party co-hosted by Rogan, The Smile, and Oak.
I don’t know much about NASCAR, or any car, really. Nevertheless, I couldn’t turn down an invitation for myself and my friend Tommy Ton to hang out with reigning NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and his wife Chandra, who happens to be a fan of my clothes. Plus, the girls at Capitol, one of the best boutiques around, were planning the trip and I love seeing them. I knew I was in for an interesting weekend en route from Toronto when a U.S. Customs official offered to swap places. Here’s my weekend as a NASCAR designer.
Friday, October 16
Our weekend started with a dinner of true Southern cuisine at Chandra and Jimmie’s place. Grits never tasted so good. The ham biscuits were a revelation. After dinner, Jimmie drove us over to his “man space,” a warehouse that is home to his multitude of trophies, cars, and framed flags from all the races he has won. It was like a Price Is Right showcase! We played Photo Hunt for hours and enjoyed the salvaged nineteenth-century hotel bar.