From Chanel to Céline, pop-inspired fashions are sprouting up everywhere this spring season. Splashes of vibrant colors mixed with abstract shapes are just what we like to see after a long, cold winter. Although Avant Pop pulls from modern influences and popular icons, it’s amazing how much this trend coincides with the work we’re producing with our artisans all across the globe. Their timeless techniques—from tie dye to batik to block printing—surprisingly translate to the pop movement, whether that’s through styles inspired by street art or abstract expressionism. Here’s a roundup of our favorite Avant Pop styles and artisan fabrics for spring.
TOP: Prada’s Spring 2014 RTW collection by designer Miuccia Prada showcases a range of abstract fashions that are reminiscent of mural street art. The activist-designer wanted to make a political statement with these bold pieces, according to Style.com, saying, ”I want to inspire women to struggle.” BOTTOM: This fabric, handcrafted by our artisans in Ghana, was created using the batik dyeing technique. The blocks of color were produced by applying melted wax to the fabric to form a resistant when the material was completely immersed in dye.
TOP LEFT: Jil Sanders’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection veered from the designer’s traditionally quiet pieces by featuring bright prints with chaotic colors. According to ElleUK.com, the designer was inspired by Alighiero Boetti’s ‘riddles of space’. TOP RIGHT: Raf Simons’s Spring 2014 RTW collection for Dior was “a celebration of the artificial and the real,” highlighting both floral and abstract prints. “I wanted a sense this season of a particular group of women, a distinct new tribe, sophisticated and savage at the same time,” says Simons. BOTTOM: This Pollock-esque material was dyed using the batik method (mentioned above) by our artisans in Ghana.
LEFT AND TOP RIGHT: We’re all about fashion that stands for something! Carol Lim and Humberto Leon’s Spring 2014 collection for Kenzo was centered around a sea-and-surf theme to bring attention to environmental cause of overfishing. BOTTOM RIGHT: This ocean colored fabric was crafted by our Indian artisans using the Shibori hand-dyeing technique.
TOP LEFT: Royal hues reign in this hand-dyed, batik fabric made in Togo. TOP RIGHT: Indian artisans used a dip-dye technique to create this subtle yet distinctive mauve-green textile. BOTTOM LEFT: Reminiscent of artist Barnett Newman, this abstract fabric was tie dyed by our Indian artisans. BOTTOM RIGHT: Neutral, sky tones dominate this ikat material from India.
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