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.
Bloodlines, an exhibition currently running at The Andy Warhol Museum until May 21st 2017, presents a new body of work by New York-based artist Firelei Báez. The exhibition showcases paintings and drawings depicting textiles, hair designs and body ornaments, linking symbols of power with human gestures. Báez’s work is instantly beautiful with her gifted ease at using different mediums from abstract washes of paint to intricate drawings of botanical flora and fauna and mixing patterns along the way. Inspired by lineages of black resistance and making connections that further our understanding of dispersed groups, Báez is interested in the craft and art forms traditionally thought of as “women’s work” where textiles, jewellery and ceramics is constant in her work and this in turn can be seen in her own intensive artistic labour, understanding their struggles and illustrating this within her own work.
Today Patternbank are featuring the work of print designer Ania Dergachev in our ongoing series highlighting our fantastic designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Ania joined Patternbank as a designer last year, her designs range from beautifully drawn illustrative animal compositions to hand drawn florals and foliage. Her designs have been featured on clothing from brands such as The Kooples, H&M and Robert Graham.
Patternbank are excited to introduce our latest print trend tool that focuses on the kids & stationery market for SS18. Our Childrenswear trends team and our giftware experts have been researching and analysing the world of design, art and pattern to create this essential print & graphic trend report. With over 30 pages of inspirational mood, colour, print and graphic trend intelligence, this Spring/Summer trend forecast report aims to assist and inspire with all your new season developments and stationery products.
5 Print trend stories: Electric Jungle / Orbital / Geo Dazzle /Ethnic Spirit / Oriental Creatures
Each trend theme is broken down into mood, print direction, graphic direction & colour
Over 30 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence
Over 50 directional hand-picked images
Colour palette breakdowns with Pantone TCX references
This report covers a broad spectrum of the season’s hottest pattern & graphic trends, and with 5 main trends, complete with Pantone® TCX references we are confident this wealth of choice and inspiration will provide a foundation in your creative developments for SS18.
Valentino looked to the Memphis Group for his inspiration, prints were abstract and bold in ice cream colours, with wonderfully curious florals for Fall 2017.
See the full Valentino collection on Vogue.com
Kenzo delivered a bold collection of contrasting Hawaiian coloured florals and plaid checks alongside some sophisticated ombre colourings for their Fall 2017 show at Paris Fashion Week.
See the full Kenzo collection on Vogue.com
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
Michael Brennan-Wood is internationally regarded as one of the most innovative artists working in textiles today. Exploring and understanding textile techniques through the past, his work persists to surprise and delight in it’s layers of embroidery, pattern, lace and intriguing floral imagery.
Check out For Restless Sleepers latest collection at Milan’s Fashion Week, RTW Fall 17. A luscious mix of over-scaled scenic paintings, giant insects and wondrous creatures.
See the full For Restless Sleepers collection on Vogue.com
Antonio Marras hit the runway with his latest collection at Milan’s Fashion Week, RTW Fall 17. A crazy mix of traditional florals, checks and Argyle compiled in Antonio’s clever cut and paste tailoring.
See Antonio’s full 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.
A beautiful stand out collection from Etro at Milan’s Fashion Week RTW Fall 17 show. The collection had an eclectic mix of 60s & 70s paisleys, ethnic prints from Central Asian and Bohemian tribal patterns.
See Etro’s full collection on Vogue.com
Patternbank are swooning after Erdem’s rich Fall 2017 collection of glorious silk and velvet dresses, references to the Ottoman Empire and prints mixed with English Flowers and Islamic Miniature Paintings were among some of the stand-out pieces at London Fashion Week.
See Erdem’s full collection on Vogue.com
Preen are the masters of romantic florals, Patternbank loved the new romantic feel to their fall 2017 collection at London Fashion Week. Strong bold colours matched perfectly with vintage rose prints on black backgrounds.
See Preen’s full collection on Vogue.com
Patternbank are loving the fairytale world of Mary Katrantzou’s latest Fall 2017 collection with references to Walt Disney’s 1940’s Fantasia film.
See Mary Katrantzou’s full collection on Vogue.com
Today Patternbank are featuring the work of print designer Soufiane Lafkih in our ongoing series highlighting our great designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Soufiane has an extensive collection of designs including hand painted florals and digitally created geometrics. We asked Soufiane about his education and what inspires him, “I had a styliste and graphiste diploma from ESMOD school Paris, which I chose because of my passion and love for the fashion and clothing styles. My sources of inspiration are nature first, I love how the colours harmonise with each other. As for fashion, I follow street styles and the seasonal catwalk shows and the fashion designer who inspires me the most is Dirk Bikkembergs. Check out more of Soufiane’s work here on her Patternbank Studio profile page.
The Patternbank Team have been analysing the latest Pre-Fall 2017 collections and have put together the strongest print trends alongside designs from the Patternbank Online Textile Design Studio that perfectly complement each story. The Pre-Fall 2017 collections give us a sneak preview of what we can expect from the Autumn/Winter 2017 Catwalk shows. Slightly more commercially focused, but nevertheless important in their instant availability and timely showings.
Adam Lippes / Floral Love by Angela23 / Altuzarra / Lovely Flowers Vector by Marilia / Tropical 11 by Bauhaus / Gucci / Mystical Garden by Flavia Lozano / Gucci
Patternbank were excited to hear about a new exhibition exploring the work of designer and artist Josef Frank, due to take place at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum from 27th January – 7th May 2017. This will be the first ever UK exhibition showcasing the designers work, which will include furniture, glassware, lighting and interior design. Born in Austria Josef Frank moved to Sweden in 1933, where he developed his colourful brand of modernism, working with Estrid Ericson on a number of interior design ideas, together redefining what is regarded as Swedish Modern. The exhibition in association with Millesgarden, Stockholm highlights Frank’s vibrant designs for Svenskt Tenn alongside a number of his previously unknown watercolours. The museum is also holding a one day event before the exhibition opens to the public, where you will be able to meet the exhibition curator and team, a fantastic opportunity to learn more about what promises to be a wonderful insight into the work of Josef Frank.
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