RYAN MERCER S/S 2013.
In the fashion world they call it color blocking—a technique that juxtaposes contrasting fabrics of color. Sometimes the final result is flattened into a two-dimensional graphic effect, but this isn’t the case for the S/S 2013 collection of Canadian fashion designer Ryan Mercer.
Presented as his graduate project from Royal College of Art in London (Womenswear), this amazing collection avoids the dangers of leveling thanks to the use of lambskin, bleached python, leather embroidery, lacing, and unconventional printing techniques. Mercer paneled the leather together and then laser engraved patterns created from scanned pieces of silk, he had torn and pulled apart. Using a language and methodology based on collage, the sporty collection manages to blend vivacious color blocking with three dimensional marquetry, the textures of animal skin and the complexity of prints. To give structure and a perimeter to the garments, Ryan resorts to decorative elements that reveal his past as an illustrator. Leather straps, buttonholes and visible stitching soften the rigor of the graphic lines created by the intersection of colors.
Giving the designer his cue were the graphic compositions in the book Then Again by Shirana Shahbazi. Images that Ryan combined with an imagery made of organic, carnal textures and prints.
I absolutely LOVE this collection, and him.
I used to spend loads of time flipping through books with pictures and my dad’s old record sleeves. I think I was drinking up the imagery. I wasn’t a big reader; I spent most of my time in the clouds and the rest documenting dreams on paper. - Ryan Mercer, 1883 Magazine
Images via here.
NOTE: BEAU MONDE and LIZ ASH do not endorse animal cruelty in any way, shape, or form.