INNOCENCE LOST/ portraits and body parts: Designer & Artist Jonathan Meizler reveals a collective ‘coming of age’ story for his Fall 2018 title of work collection, inspired by the illustrations of artist Lauren Nassef.
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Dirty Words: illicit, indecent, antagonistic… Inspired by his perception of the current state of affairs & political process, Meizler takes emotionally and socially charged words from colloquial vocabulary and explores the anger, shock, thought and humor they provoke.
Mars: the fourth planet from the sun; Drawing inspiration from the book, “This is Mars,” Meizler takes a textural journey in examining the unusual terrain & atmosphere of the ‘Red Planet’ in title of work’s Fall 2017 collection.
The scientific study of insects; inspired by the dichotomy of angst & awe that these creatures evoke within us, this collection explores the graphic complexities of bugs through their deconstruction and altered reconstruction.
Grid-lock: no possibility of movement; difficulty of passage. Through the grids of metropolitan cities, this collection reflects the global stalemate that we find ourselves in, solidifying the imbalanced nature of our world while symbolizing hope and resilience as we move forward.
A blur. A gradual transition from one object to another. An abstracted view. An aberration of optical focus. An inventive use of fabrics and design elements blurs the lines of what menbs accessories should be and what menbs accessories could be.
Sight. Smell. Sound. Taste. Touch. b5 Sensesb interprets the literal, scientific, and figurative sensory faculties while maintaining semblance of their base structure, and shifts or enhances ones perception of them.
bfrom the skeletal structures of vacated buildings to the embalmed remains of ancient cultures, I have always been profoundly affected by the inherent beauty of objects in varying states of decay, and have chosen to apply certain processes within this collection.b
bcontemporary land topogoraphies, antique nautical maps and symbols evolve into modern, geometric patterns in this collection. inspired by Picassobs constellations and Flamsteedbs 15th century cartography, i explore our perception of scale, macro and micro and the art that has emanated from it.
bi find the link between religious ideology and sexuality to be inherently fascinating. from a cultural and artistic point-of-view, they have paralleled each other and i set out to explore this on a visual level. both prayer and the act of sex could be perceived as forms of spiritual cleansing… and merging the two ideas without irony is an interesting line to tread.b
bInkedb is about tattoo culture; the manifestation of indelible impressions through embroidery and needlework, the marking of the body becomes the art of the fabric. Like badges of honor, this collection reflects the need to materialize our own personal histories with unique identifiers and leave a trace behind.b
‘The dual role of conservative meets fetishist create a unique balance of conflicting elements that has always intrigued me,’ states Meizler, ‘and the use of the tie, a symbol of masculine strength and power, acts as the perfect canvas’ the social humor does not escape one either..”
Jonathan Meizler returns to his roots in menswear with the introduction of an intricately constructed neckwear collection inspired from women’s couturebs techniques of Lesage, a practice rarely used in menswear. Each tie is adorned with hand cast sterling silver grommets, black diamonds, semi-precious stones or crystals. Lush italian cashmere, English wool crepe and silk mesh, in subdued palettes, offset the luster of the stones.