Last chance to see a brilliant tribute to photography and painting, Sotheby’s presents a curated selection of works by Erik Madigan Heck in a stunning selling exhibition. Approaching photography with the same eye as high art, Heck’s works capture the essence of painting through the lens of his camera. His work is elegant and unashamedly beautiful, exploring the intersections of fashion, painting, and classical portraiture. Working with natural light and combining in-camera effects with digital postproduction, he produces evocative and seductive images that are simultaneously timeless and futuristic. The exhibition is on until 19th May 2017 but if you miss out, try to catch the photographer in conversation, ‘Picturing Balenciaga’ at the Victoria and Albert museum or check out his new anthology, Old Future. See more here.
Dries Van Noten’s Fall 2017 Collection at Paris Fashion Week was a dazzling retrospective of some of his favourite prints from Chintz to Japanese Kimonos and mezmerizing geometrics, all re-worked into a collection of fabulous dresses. This was Dries 100th show and featured models that walked the catwalk for him back in 1993, a strong and lasting image of powerful women in powerful prints.
See the full Dries collection on Vogue.com
Milan’s Fashion Week, RTW Fall 17 show was a riot of colour, texture and pattern when Dolce & Gabbana’s latest collection hit the runway. The collection was all about real people, with 140 individuals from all ethnicities, walks of life and ages, kitted out in individually tailored looks, with Dolce & Gabbana’s signature overload of florals, animals and opulence.
Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto or Vhils as he is known in the graffiti world, carves portraits in the urban environment – from stencil painting to wall carvings and a variety of other mediums and techniques his unique approach has been gaining critical acclaim all over the world. Check out more here on his Instagram page.
Patternbank are loving Zak Ové’s celebration of African and Trinidadian culture, where he pays tribute to both spiritual and artistic African identity. Born in London he now lives and works in both London and Trinidad. Zak works in sculpture, film, painting and photography, often collaging antique and found materials, where he is interested in reinterpreting lost culture and mythology. We particular love these wonderful collaged works, a carnival of decoration and pattern! Check out his Instagram page here for more inspiring work.
Josh Blackwell transforms the humble carrier bag into these elaborate and colourful pieces of artwork, where he considers their previous life and easy throw away nature. Instead their degraded status is brought to life with beautiful, colourful stitching in geometric patterns where references to a past life can be made. Discover more of his art objects and installations that explore and challenge the purpose and use of everyday items at joshblackwell.com
Patternbank are loving the work of Spanish artist Ana Beltrá, who has been inspired by her time spent in the jungles of Borneo. Beltrán has created these wonderful abstractions in collage using a variety of materials. She also displays a great eye for pattern with the vibrant designs on her website here.
Patternbank are entranced by the beautiful and incredibly detailed work of dutch artist Marlies Niemeijer. Niemeijer graduated from the Amsterdam Artemis Academy and began her illustrative career at Piet Boon where she worked on various international projects. Noted for her finely detailed drawings Niemeijer works on commissions under the name Angels-Trumpet.
The Patternbank Team have analysed all the key print trends at Paris Fashion Week and today we bring you the final instalment from all the Paris shows. There were wonderfully fresh print ideas from Givenchy inspired by Egyptian Iconography and dresses made of an array of scarf prints from Balenciaga. Watch out for our Autumn/Winter 2016/17 Catwalk Print Trend Report to inspire you in all your new seasonal developments.
Givenchy A/W 16/17
Soft Python skins – Egyptian Iconography – Bold Mandela Pattern – Engineered Prints – Eye of Horus – Psychedelic Mysticism – Abstracted Pharaoh Pattern – Geometric Layers
Givenchy photos via Vogue.com
Balenciaga A/W 16/17
Indian Paisley Pattern – Ornate Indian Silk Embroidery – Bold Furnishing Florals – Luxe Textured Flowers – Collaged Scarf Prints – 70’s Folk Pattern – Indian Paisley Print – Simple Folk Border
Balenciaga photos via Vogue.com
Comme des Garcons A/W 16/17
Multiple Jacquard Pattern – Decadent Renaissance Florals – Flower Groupings – Metallic Jacquard – Dark Opulence – Distorted Background – Painterly Bouquets – Floral Richness – Sumptuous Roses
Comme des Garcons photos via Vogue.com
The Patternbank Team have analysed all the key print trends at Paris Fashion Week and today we bring you Part 1 of the highlights from the shows. There were patterns in abundance on the Paris catwalk with bright billowy Indian floral prints and paisley pattern from Leonard to a more sombre dark mood of the 1920’s in dark devoré velvets and cheetah and leopard patterns at Dries Van Noten. Watch out for the final instalment of Paris Fashion Week tomorrow.
Leonard A/W 16/17
Silk Scarf Printed Layouts – 60’s Paisley Prints – Indian Paisley References – Delicate Pen Florals – Large Scale Flower Heads – Saturated Colour on Black – Bohemian Essence – Delicate Neutrals
Leonard photos via Vogue.com
Chloé A/W 16/17
Pretty Broken Ditsy Pattern – Ethnic Stitched Kaftans – Blurred Mark Making – Moroccan References – Stitched Looking Prints – Ethnic Intarsia Knits – Textured Colour Mixing – Fringing Details
Chloé photos via Vogue.com
Manish Arora A/W 16/17
Wild Pattern Mixing – Abstract Geometric – Wild West and African Mix – Intricate Pattern Layers – Folksy borders – Photographic Fantasy Landscapes – Tribal References – African Wax Patterns
Manish Arora photos via Vogue.com
The Patternbank Team have analysed all the key print trends at Milan Fashion Week and today we bring you Part 2 of the highlights from the Milan shows. Here we saw more of the eclectic combinations of pattern and texture from Prada and Dsquared2 with bold geo collage dominating on the Marni runway and Gucci’s customary riot of tantalising styles. With the current trend towards seasonally confused collections, the message seems to be anything goes! Don’t forget to check out Paris coming soon.
Gucci A/W 16/17
Skin Landscapes – Arty Florals – Bold Optical Prints – Fur Trims – Allover Sequin Embellishments – Traditional Rose Patterns – 70’s Florals – Oriental & Fornasetti Combinations
Gucci photos via Vogue.com
Roberto Cavalli A/W 16/17
Tiger Stripe Velvet – Baroque Curlicued Embroidery – Gold Tissue Lace – Patterned Fur – Lave Patterned Velvet – Folk Embroidery – Gold Print – Fringes and Embellishments – Louche 70’s
Roberto Cavalli photos via Vogue.com
Prada A/W 16/17
Still Life Prints – Abstract Scenes – Luxe Weaves – Metallic Jacquard – Giant Hibiscus Prints – Egyptian Imagery – Fur Trims – Crafty Embroidered Velvet – Pastel Embroidered Florals – Animal Prints
Prada photos via Vogue.com
The Patternbank Team have analysed all the key print trends at London Fashion Week and today we bring you Part 1 of the highlights from the first of the shows. Here we saw an abundance of glamorous chintzy florals with a tinge of gothic romanticism. There were a riot of clashing prints too, where dressing up to excess seems to be this seasons hot trend. Watch out for Part 2 of London’s best to follow.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi A/W 16/17
Layered Photographic Florals – Chintzy Glamour – Floral and Check Mixes – Tonal Camouflage Florals – Romantic Scrolls – Gothic Velvet Devore – Delicate Laced Layers – Distressed Texture – Mixed Pattern Overlays
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi photos via Vogue.com
Mary Katrantzou A/W 16/17
Fifties Americana – Rodeo Stars and Stripes – Appliquéd Cowboy Detailing – Glittered Scrolls and Swirls – Fairground Decoration – Psychedelic Abstract Shapes – Dressing Up Box – Abstract Butterfly Prints – Bold Outlines
Mary Katrantzou photos via Vogue.com
Its not hard spot the artistic origins which have influenced the work of Miami born artist Alex Yanes . During his teenage years in the 80’s and 90’s, Yeans was immersed in the hip-hop, skateboard and tattoo cultures. This artistic and experimental environment fuelled Yeans’ creativity and helped him produce this collection of vibrant graphic art. Where his work was once confined to canvas, recently his pieces have evolved to include wood, acrylic, resin and enamel in colourful, 3 dimensional installations. See more by visiting his website here.
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