Jeremy Laing Brings Back Prints

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Published February 8, 2011

TWO DESIGNS FROM JEREMY LAING AND SCOTT TRELEAVEN’S COLLABORATION.

Designer Jeremy Laing, since presenting his petit debut in Fall 2005, has gained momentum and acclaim for each season since. His innovative pattern-making and signature angularity brought him to the forefront of fashion as a master of minimalism. While digital prints were a staple for Laing for a number of seasons past, he resigned the look for spring 2011, opting for a stark palette and fluid draping. Now, with the help of friend Scott Treleaven, Laing is creating iconic custom prints for Fall 2011 that speak to the thoughtfulness and engagement of an artist and not just a designer.

Treleaven, a contemporary artist who employs a mélange of media in his work (including collage, film, drawing and photography) explained of the project, “In my own work, there’s a kind of preoccupation with what happens to images when they’re removed from their original context. So in a sense, this collaboration is a very natural one.” One image that appears in Treleaven’s work, a flaming hand as a talisman used by thieves to ward off detection, takes cover on the front of a dress asking to be looked at yet go unnoticed at the same time. Another, a collage cut from shadowy photographs approximating an eclipse cycle, spirals around the body of a slithery bias-cut version. According to Laing, he had been looking to collaborate with Treleaven for a long time, and it took the planets aligning to bring the moon to mind. “After the recent eclipse, when the direction for my Fall 2011 collection turned lunar and a bit pagan, I knew it was time.”

SCOTT TRELEAVEN’S WORK IS CURRENTLY ON VIEW IN “NIGHT WORK” AT THE ALISON JACQUES GALLERY IN LONDON.