This week is the launch of the Laura Mackness diffusion line / collaboration in partnership with Swedish label "Weekday". I'm very excited! I am a big fan of her aesthetic and the chance to buy into it with this project is just brilliant. Her trademark witty illustration style has transformed from the luxury line up of her M.A collection and been applied skillfully to accessible separates.
Her new prints of wandering hands and tan lines are inspired by sporadic sources such as artists Francois and Jean Robert as well as her own collection of watches. Surreal? Yes, that's Mackness. I asked Laura to explain a little bit about how the project came about:
"Weekday saw my MA collection and were interested in using the graphic style prints for a range of t-shirts, from this also then came the leggings and the vest dress. I was really keen to do it as people had always commented on how well the prints would work on basic t-shirts and how desirable they would be. I also loved the idea of my designs being more widely available and being accessible to a different market"
In the past Weekday have stocked 48 different designers such as Anne-Sofie Back, Acne, Marjan Pejoski and JCDC. This partnering has progressed into exclusive collaborations working with a a homegrown Swedish designer such as Carin Wester and international designers with the latest for S/S10 being Peter Jensen. These words come from Weekday on the choice of approaching Laura:
"Weekday has always been interested in new design that are brave and open minded and to pick up new up and coming Young designers. St. Martins is of course the leading school of fashion at the moment so it was very natural for us to work with them. We chose Laura Mackness due to her very strong graphic expression and her way to work and use colors. We are super happy about the result, it's a vibrant collection with attitude and a strong graphic expression based on her last collection at st. Martins."
Here are some scans of Laura's sketchbook which she kindly sent over and one of her snap's from the launch in Stockholm....................I can't wait to see the pieces tomorrow, especially winking knee leggings!