The most iconic fashion designers in history are the ones that collaborate with fine artists. Gilles Mendel and artist Enoc Perez showed a distinct partnership on the runway for the J. Mendel spring 2015 collection.Read more >>
The pair joins the ranks of artist/fashion design pairs like Salvador Dali and Elsa Schiaparelli. The clothing on the catwalk was a wearable interpretation of Enoc Perez’s architecture renderings. His signature cross-hatched paintings were printed on dresses. There were highly textured woven/embroidered pieces that expressed the pattern. Even the luxurious furs that are a J. Mendel staple had elements of Perez architecture.
Less obvious were the flowing, light dresses that floated beautifully when the models walked. Some of the simple color blocking or solid colored frocks might have taken the spirit of Enoc Perez’s Shapes artwork.
The handbags were chic, squared off and stylish. Aside from the colors, they shape or finish didn't correspond to the collection and artist inspiration.
As Gilles Mendel worked with Perez to collaborate on a collection in tribute to his work, the artist in turn created a book of collages as homage to Mendel’s work. With some fashion collections inspired by an artist, the effect is often great for editorial, or even gimmicky. However this collection was thoroughly wearable and flattering, regardless of if the customer was aware of the muse or not. With all of the mass market “collaborations” with designers that water down their aesthetic, I love seeing a true creative collaboration that elevates the work of both parties.
|photos by Mariana Leung, artwork by Enoc Perez|