Mother Of Pearl – Chimere Cisse, London

Mother Of Pearl

I was delighted to get an up close view of Maia Norman’s AW12 collection for Mother of Pearl recently, as the designer has been on my radar for some time. Given our trans-seasonal weather I thought it was a great time to share some of the collection.

Well known for her relationship with leading YBA artist Damien Hirst, Maia Norman is without a doubt an incredible artisan in her own right. An avid sportswoman and fashion enthusiast, Maia’s lifestyle and surroundings have heavily influenced the brand ethos and direction. Norman brings her strong connection with the art world to her work by collaborating with a different artist each season. Previous collaborators include Fiona Banner, Keith Tyson, Jim Lambie, Matt Collishaw and Carsten Holler.

For their Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, Mother of Pearl have continued their work with artist collaborations, intertwining their signature sportswear inspired aesthetic with graphic prints from acclaimed American artist, Fred Tomaselli.

Tomaselli’s ornate artwork features throughout the collection pulling together an array of visual references from hallucinogenic drugs, scientific images, medicinal plants, birds, trees and people.

This unique collection includes inspired 1920’s drop waists and pleats along with Mother of Pearls’ staple technical parkas and jacquard bombers.  From the embellished detailing to the luxury fabrics that have become synonymous with Mother of Pearl this collection is the epitome of sports luxe wear.

I particularly love Mother of Pearl’s fine china and ceramic designs. Whimsical folk prints adorning tea cups and saucers – perfect for ladies that brunch.

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