A private dinner held by Marimekko, L’Officiel, and New York-based artist Landon Metz last evening during Copenhagen Fashion Week revealed the brand’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection. Together, the fashion label and Landon Metz will release a capsule collection for SS23 that will include the artist’s high-end designs on the brand’s signature simple, voluminous silhouettes.
The fusion of technology and handiwork serves as a source of inspiration for the range. In this collection, lace-like patterns and structures are paired with roomy, expansive designs. “Architectural structures are seen mimicking organic material, which in turn take an almost 3D-printed aesthetic. The modern application of broderie anglaise and lace-like structures bring a feminine, but also very neo-futuristic aesthetic to our 70-year-old legacy,” Creative Director Rebekka Bay says.
Abstract artist Landon Metz is known for his use of dye and canvas to create a visual language of movement and economy of form. As a new take on Marimekko’s belief that “the garment is a canvas for art,” Metz’s repeated compositions printed on their patterns provide a new perspective to the company’s ethos. The capsule collection consists of four dresses, three shirts, and a skirt, and the artworks utilized to create the print were made specifically for the collection.
Each garment is hand-crafted from organic, unbleached cotton and printed at Marimekko’s own textile printing plant in Helsinki, Finland. The Karla purse and the famous silk scarf are just two examples of the many Marimekko items that use designs designed by Metz.
“It’s important to me that my work is conscious of the viewer, my intention is that their experience is both intellectual and embodied,” Metz shares. “Collaborating with Marimekko has been a way to articulate a counter shot to the dye and canvas works – literally wrapping the viewer in the image, and further blurring the boundaries between the visitors’ proximity to the canvases and the canvases themselves. For the wearer, it is a personal expression, but also an inward narrative and experience”