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Mother of Pearl Is Heading For Fashion Week


Mother of PearlBritish label Mother of Pearl is getting back to its roots this season by joining London fashion week’s Fall ’14 calendar. Until now, the brand, which was founded by Maia Norman, has quietly presented its collections to press and buyers. And, considering MOP has steadily amassed a high-fashion following (it’s stocked by such luxury retailers as Moda Operandi and Net-a-Porter, as well as on, that method has served Norman and her creative director, Amy Powney, well. But as their business continues to evolve, the pair wants to expand their audience.

“The brand is growing season after season, and we felt it was time to maintain the support of our current clients and customers whilst using the presentation to introduce the brand to those who are not yet familiar with Mother of Pearl,” Powney told “We are hoping many national and international press and buyers will be able to view the collection up close and in detail for the first time. Simply being on the London schedule will introduce the name to new viewers.”

Powney hinted that MOP’s London debut on February 17 will offer “romance paired with clean lines and a hint of sport.” That sounds right in step with the artistic prints, playful embellishments, and bold color palettes that have come to define the brand. Norman has strong ties to the art world (it’s worth noting that she’s Damien Hirst’s ex-partner of twenty years), and each season MOP teams up with a contemporary artist to create its prints. Gary Hume, Mat Collishaw, and Jim Lambie are recent collaborators, so we’re anxious to see who’s been tapped this time around.

Photo: Courtesy of Mother of Pearl

Mother of Pearl’s Latest Art Star


Mother of Pearl x Jim Lambie

According to our Spring ’14 Trend Report, art and fashion are sharing a major moment. But for Mother of Pearl’s Maia Norman and Amy Powney, this isn’t anything new. Each season, the duo works with a contemporary artist (Gary Hume and Mat Collishaw have been past collaborators) to design Mother of Pearl’s clever prints, and their latest offering, which debuted exclusively today on Net-a-Porter, got the Jim Lambie treatment.

This isn’t the first time Lambie has teamed up with the brand. The artist lent a hand to the Spring 2011 collection, which was Powney’s first as head of design. “Working with Jim Lambie helped me set the tone for Mother of Pearl, so in some ways, I feel it is not just complimentary of our aesthetic, but also part of the foundation,” Powney told Two of Lambie’s major works lent themselves to the new capsule. His “Found Flower Painting” series, in which surrealist blooms are collaged with posters of musicians, inspired the black-and-white striped gown, blouse, and sneakers splashed with fuchsia florals. And his eye-catching vinyl floor installations, which mimic a 2-D rainbow beneath your feet, were transferred to a T-shirt and column skirt in thick bands of pastels. Over the past few seasons, mixed stripes, florals, and unexpected hues have become ingrained in Mother of Pearl’s DNA, but the Lambie style makes it all feel fresh as a daisy for Spring. Now that’s what we call wearable art.

Ranging from $275 to $900, Mother of Pearl’s Jim Lambie collection is available, from today, on

Tilda Swinton And Walter Pfeiffer On Their New Pringle Of Scotland Campaign


Change is in the air at Pringle of Scotland, where Balenciaga alum Alistair Carr has taken the reins, following the departure of former creative director Clare Waight Keller. (Waight Keller herself, it was announced last week, is set to helm Chloé.) But not everyone at the Scottish luxury house is new. Tilda Swinton, a regular face and fan of the brand (she memorably worked with Ryan McGinley on a series of spots), is back to helm its Fall ’11 ad campaign, shot for the second season running by Walter Pfeiffer. The new images were lensed at the Glasgow School of Art, from which Swinton’s campaign co-star, Scottish artist Jim Lambie, graduated. Above, an exclusive preview of the new images, and below, behind-the-scenes shots with Swinton, Lambie, and Pfeiffer.

“Tilda is a force of nature and full of energy—an inspiring personality to collaborate with,” the Swiss photographer told “She will never be an object for the camera but always plays with it.” The actress herself, along with the Art Deco buildings of the Glasgow School of Art, provided the inspiration for the shoot. Her dramatic new look owes much to a new blunt, front-combed shag, with heavy bangs she called a “warrior girl fringe.” “We looked for a modern romantic gesture in my look,” Swinton said. “I love it.” Nothing like a little warrior chic to get into character, we’d say. But asked about her preparation for the shoot, Swinton noted that for her, it is no different from preparing for a film role. “[It’s] the same way,” she said. “Choose clothes. Dress up and play.” And did she bring her own ideas to the set as well? “Certainly,” Swinton replied. “And my own dogs.” Continue Reading “Tilda Swinton And Walter Pfeiffer On Their New Pringle Of Scotland Campaign” »

Damien Hirst’s Art Collection—Now In Dress Form


The family that rents together, sticks together. So Maia Norman borrowed her partner Damien Hirst’s bookstore/gallery, The Other Criteria, on London’s New Bond Street, emptied it out and, voilà, an instant pop-up for her own clothing line, Mother of Pearl. “Business is booming in every corner of the world, Colette and others like that can’t get enough of us, but we don’t have a London stockist—ironic, isn’t it?” Norman deadpanned. “This was the perfect way to bring the collection to the city, see what the public wants and what they respond to.”

If last night’s opening cocktail was any indication, they’re responding quite well. An A-list crowd came out to celebrate at the shop (wrapped in vinyl for the occasion), including co-host Hirst (in a suit, no less), the Clash’s Paul Simonon, Moda Operandi’s Yasmin Sewell, Mary Charteris (above right), and model Sara Blomqvist (above left, with Norman, center, all in Mother of Pearl). Guest DJ and good buddy Jarvis Cocker manned the decks. Even Norman’s collaborator of the season, reclusive artist Jim Lambie, showed up. (“Actually,” Norman says, “he is not as reclusive as he is shy.”) “It stimulates in a different way,” Lambie said of seeing his prints—wildflowers, duct tape, and, no joke, eyeballs—on fabrics like nappa leather and washable silk, rather than on gallery walls. “It is much more evocative because it places itself directly onto the body. It becomes the body in many ways; it reinterprets our understanding of the body. It’s shape, movement, and overall sex appeal.”

Artistry, for obvious reasons, is part of Mother of Pearl’s DNA, but equally important is freedom of movement. “The clothes have to be easy,” says Norman, famed for her love of danger sports, like motocross, riding, and boarding. (Earlier in the week she was surfing in Devon with her new toy: a heated wetsuit.) “I need things to be unrestricted as I am always on the move, but the clothes have to be interesting as well. That’s why Jim Lambie was an easy choice for us. Damien has been collecting him for years, and he was part of our circle, so to speak. I had been loving his works for years now, seeing it in galleries, and then the next thing was just to convince him to do it. I think the results really excited him.”

Speaking of exciting: good to know whom Damien Hirst is collecting. And now on New Bond Street, a Lambie can be yours—at a fraction of the price.

Photo: Courtesy of Mother of Pearl

Eye-Popping Prints At Mother Of Pearl


In London, Frieze is in full swing, and the art/fashion set is in heavy competition to see who can draw the bigger crowd. (This week, Christie’s and Sotheby’s faced off for the party award: Christie’s had Vanity Fair as a lure, but Sotheby’s had Jerry Hall, who took the occasion to debut her new boyfriend—point, Sotheby’s.) But the biggest ticket in town last night was an installation by Maia Norman—a.k.a. Damien Hirst’s missus, if not necessarily by law—at Mayfair’s Haunch of Venison Gallery for her Mother of Pearl line. The Kills’ Alison Mosshart, Josephine de la Baume, Polly Morgan, and, of course, Mr. H. himself dropped by the surreal exhibition to check out her Spring ’11 collection.

This time, Norman (with Hirst, left) worked with the Scottish artist Jim Lambie on a series of prints, including flowers in burnt orange and reds, a loony eyeball-and-gaffer-tape motif, and rock ‘n’ roll images of Grace Jones and John Lennon, all of which appear on fabrics like leather and organza. “I thought they were demented, confrontational,” Norman says of Lambie’s prints. “It was perfect for me, because it seemed like everything fashion-wise has settled down, with the camels and the neutral thing going on. I felt strongly that there was a gap for something wild. When I go shopping, I am always looking for that something really extraordinary and can never find it. It’s usually just this sea of black, and Lambie’s prints provided the perfect antidote.”

Judging from the retailers she’s picked up for the season, it’s clear she’s not alone. Colette will now be carrying the collection, alongside longtime supporter Liberty of London and new shops as far afield as Egypt, Switzerland, and Hong Kong. With all the focus on her own line, we wondered, does she have designs on any other booths at the fair? “Actually,” she said, “I am kind of hoping that all my friends will come and see me here at the installation.” Somehow, we don’t doubt it.

Photo: Alistair Guy / Courtesy of Mother of Pearl