Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LAFW Designer Feature: William Bradley by Rodney Jones and Brad Parnell

One show at LAFW everyone was buzzing about was William Bradley, a label designed by Brad Parnell and Rodney Jones. Their collection for Spring/Summer 2015 was a beautiful balance between strength and romanticism. It incorporated a mix of a structured silhouettes with pieces that used soft, flowy, and delicate fabrics.

I had the pleasure of meeting Brad and Rodney at the show and was able to ask them a little bit about their line. Rodney was even nice enough to follow up with me this morning and explain more in depth about what William Bradley represents and the source of inspiration behind this collection.

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 While on a trip to the New York Metropolitan Museum, Brad became entranced with Picasso's painting The Blind Man's Meal. Feeling a deep connection to this particular work and the work from his Blue Period, it was decided they had found their inspiration for this collection. "We have always been drawn and influenced by art and art history. Picasso's work in particular was so relatable because you are able to witness the ups and downs of his life."

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You can see the parallels the designers made between themselves and Picasso by the use of brushstroke and watercolor graphics, as well as the incorporation of a cotton canvas material into their clothing. "Our intention was to express the artist's day to day life in the studio, and the parallel between ourselves and that of the painter."
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Only all natural fibers were used in their clothing: cotton, silk, cotton canvas, silk faille, tool, and feathers. There was an intentional mixture of the strong fabrics with the delicate and light, as to correlate the two ideas of strength and romanticism together. This collection was intended to be a representation of strength, as this is one of the defining qualities of the William Bradley woman. "She is fashion forward, independent and carries herself with confidence and grace."

You can purchase pieces and view their lookbook on their website, williambradleycollection.com

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Pictures below shot by Hagop Kalaidjian http://hagopphoto.com. Follow @hagopphoto on insta
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15 comments:

  1. This was so interesting to read! I love hearing about where designers get their inspiration from.:)
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  2. Loved reading your post. How exciting getting to meet the designers and chatting with them !! :D

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  3. Great post! Its a beautiful collection
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    Candice
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  4. Incredible outfits!

    Mel
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  5. wow so unique and beautiful collection! Really nice pieces!
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  6. Thanks for sharing this! I haven't heard of him before... Great designs, amazing use of color. xx


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  7. This is a great collection. Thanks for sharing. I specially appreciated the background story of their inspiration. I recently studied about Picasso in a modern art course I took over the summer. It's fascinating to see that Art can be such a great source of inspiration for fashion designers. It was beautifully interpret

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  8. interesting style to the pieces!! really contemporary. modern chic! :D

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  9. Amazing outfits! =D
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  10. LOVE all of the colour and the shapes and asymmetric hemlines!!! SOOO gorgeous! Grrrreat line up!
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  11. I think it was a beautiful experience! Kisses dear and thank you for your visit!!!
    Eni

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  12. Love this collection! X
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  13. You're right, you can see the influence of Picasso in these pieces.
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