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Spring 2012 fashion news: Anthropologie’s exclusive online designer collaborations
Jason Wu did it for Target; same for
Marni with H&M. Now eleven established and upcoming designers will roll out capsule collections created exclusively for
Made in Kind, Anthropologie’s new online platform for seeking out one-of-a-kind talent. The hybrid shopping/gallery one-stop site launches today (April 5) and includes upcoming as well as some well-known
New York Fashion Week faves (yes, there’s a Gregory Parkinson capsule line in there). Here’s an intimate look at the 11 curated new and vintagey collections culled by around-the-globe designers available only at this online gallery of the best kind of
art: the kind you live in.
Drawings by Florence Balducci An artisan of all trades creative—illustration, fabric design and acting—Parisian designer Florence Balducci is naturally an Anthropologie vet. Her hand-sketched printed scarves and silhouette-engraved chinaware have been available at the fashion-forward retailer for years. Now Balducci releases a collection of vintage-inspired military jackets (approx. $300)—the kind her dad wore—only embellished with ornate floral detailing and whimsical animal sketches.
Gregory by Gregory Parkinson A British expat, Parkinson understands the colourful prints and air-light fabrics of his adopted L.A. homeland—in fact, he designed most of them. For his capsule collection created exclusively for Anthropologie (from approx. $214 to $464), he departed from the all-white, minimalist dresses that defined his Spring/Summer 2012 for a kaleidoscopic smattering of tie-dyed fabrics.
Hi There! From Karen Walker Rarely does a designer perfectly embody both of her polar style opposites: feminine and downtown edge, demure and eye-catchingly bold. Yet such is the trademark of New Zealand-based designer Karen Walker, whose collection, only available at Anthropologie, is a New York Fashion Week staple. Hi There! From Karen Walker (from approx. $140 to $160) is made up of six classic, paisley-patterned frocks with a distinct, vintage wallpapery twist.
Koto Bolofo An unflinching lensman, Bolofo spent seven years shadowing craftspeople at the Hermès headquarters in Paris, snapping away as they produced those iconic
Kelly bags and silk scarves for an 11-volume tome titled
La Maison. With such enviable haute-calibre exposure, the venerated South African photographer launches his eponymous apparel collection for Anthropologie (from approx. $120 to $290), a one-of-a-kind women’s collection created from vintage linen bed sheets he discovered in rural France.
O By Organic Designer Jonathan Patrick has spent the past decade researching eco-conscious fashion for Organic, the enviro-friendly label he launched in 2006. For his exclusive Anthropologie collection, O by Organic (from approx. $84 to $160), Patrick maintains his luxe, undetectably green appeal, using sustainable materials to create a vintage Americana line that includes a chiffon tee, pleated skirt and pinwheel dress.
Pipit Call it a classic designer folk tale. Dustin Horowitz launched his Barney’s-exclusive label Pipit in 2007: an all-American collection of dresses that meshes his FIT fashion degree with his keen architectural structuring (and yes, he cites folk art as an inspiration). Lending to Pipit’s urban cred are the colourful and silk-screen prints of his Anthropologie collection (from approx. $250 to $270), inspired by NY-photog Robert Mapplethorpe’s iconic flower portraits.
Place Nationale It doesn’t get much lovelier than the crotched and lace collection by the U.K.-based husband and wife duo of Amanda and Doug Butterworth behind Place Nationale for their North American debut. The 40-piece collection (from approx. $158 to $268) is a result of four years of scouring Europe for the vintage fabrics used to create their designs sold on London’s Portobello Road. This ‘70s-inspired bohemian British line consists of one-of-a-kind blouses and dresses made from French cotton and English lace.
Rachel Rose Last year, it was her hand-painted silk tees that earned the Brooklyn designer her deservedly fêted artistic acumen. Now Rachel Rose brings her year-old eponymous label to Anthropologie (from approx. $148 to $248), along with a newly splattered line of those ink-blotted dresses and blouses that quickly made her a sought-after name.
Swarm While former Anthropologie visual director Leslie Oschmann’s one-of-a-kind furniture and wall art has been sold in the eclectically curated fashion-design retailer, the Amsterdam-based American expat infuses her European surroundings into her latest venture. Her collection of one-of-a-kind denim jackets (approx. $300) is upholstered with vintage fabrics, like old canvas mailbags and tattered oil paintings to function as the ultimate wearable art.
Treasure by Samantha Pleet The palette of earthly-inspired dresses by New York designer Samantha Pleet’s eponymous line is architecturally challenging. The geometric cuts of the seven dresses (from approx. $194 to $250) were inspired by fine metal craftsmanship and the prints themselves mined from precious metals like gold and oxidized copper for a girlishly hippie and earth-toned collection.
Zoologist by Charlotte Linton The muses of UK-based designer Charlotte Linton are as vast as they are whimsical: from The Adventures of Tin Tin to archives at the London Zoological Society. A Central Saint Martins grad, Linton has worked in the ateliers at Paul Smith, Hussein Chalayan, and Chloé, and launched her own line of printed scarves inspired by the colours of worldly locales. Zoologist (from approx. $124 to $180) plays to her architectural and geometric strengths with a collection colourfully asymmetrical dresses, a cardigan and skirt.