Putting pencil to paper, our resident illustrator Jowy Maasdamme continues to add to our holistic collections coverage with her personal interpretation of the Paris shows.
Suggesting the show’s silhouettes and offering a taste of its technical textures, Maasdamme’s illustrations are a visual shorthand for Alexander Wang’s debut Balenciaga show. The luxury label’s instantly recognisable curve is implied in Maasdamme’s bold black blocks. Likewise, Wang’s celebrated cracked leather pieces are conjured in the figures’ fragmented skin.
Turning her hand to Rick Owens’ show, Maasdamme focused in on the American designer’s high collars and voluminous hair for Autumn/Winter 2013. As our Paris reporter Kiki Georgiou commented in her show review, ‘To say that the models’ hair was windswept does not even come close to covering it. They looked as if they’d just emerged from a wind tunnel but Owens’ girls are fierce, they can handle that.’ With chiseled cheekbones and dangerously dark eyes, Maasdamme’s figure embodies Rick Owens’ powerful vision.
Alber Elbaz’s beetle print and bug brooches take a nightmarish turn in Maasdamme’s illustration of Lanvin’s elegant show. Creepy-crawlies scuttle across her pointy fingered figure, grouping together on its wispy haired head.