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The Whimsical World of James Jean

2012-10-18 00:00:00.0
The Whimsical World of James Jean

SUBMERGE YOURSELF INTO JAMES JEAN’S DREAMLIKE WORLD AS LANE CRAWFORD BLITZ CELEBRATES THE VISUAL ARTIST AND HIS DISTINCTIVE STYLE.

The man behind the fairytale OVM: Velum

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A graduate from School of Visual Arts in New York City, Jean began his illustrative career as a cover artist for DC Comics, for which he earned six consecutive Eisner Awards for “Best Cover Artist”. So captivating were his whimsical creations, they caught the attention of Miuccia Prada. In 2007, she commissioned him to create a mural for the Prada Epicenter stores in New York and Los Angeles. He worked his fairytale magic on the backdrop for Prada's Spring/Summer 2008 Milan show and his woodland illustrations were then adapted into an iconic collection of womenswear and accessories.

The artist was also commissioned by Phillip Lim to create a series of portraits of Los Angeles-based celebrities including Rachel Bilson, Selma Blair and Devendra Banhart. The portraits, entitled “Birds and Boys” were displayed at the 3.1 Phillip Lim flagship store in L.A. during Fashion’s Night Out that year.

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So captivating were his whimsical creations, they caught the attention of Miuccia Prada. In 2007, she commissioned him to create a mural for the Prada Epicenter stores in New York and Los Angeles.

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SHOP JAMES JEAN OVM

No stranger to fashion, James Jean launched OVM in 2011. Pronounced "ovum", the limited edition line of jewellery, scarves and objects feature his colourful and whimsical motifs from his artwork. Exclusively for Lane Crawford BLITZ, Jean has designed a collection of scarves, pouches and iPhone veils, available online now and in stores.

The OVM 2012 collection, “Velum”, includes four series of fine jewellery – Drip, Butterfly, Bone and Strata – with each piece drawing inspiration from forms in nature and reflecting James Jean’s distinctive ethereal style and use of organic lines. Stay tuned, as the Velum collection and additional products drop online next week.

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Amy Kawamura, Prodip Leung & James Jean

Kenneth Wu & Denise Lai

On October 24th, Lane Crawford invited visual artist James Jean to transform the BLITZ Canton Road space into his signature world of fantasy and enchantment through his whimsical paintings. Lasting two days, the process was streamed live on lanecrawford.com and culminated with a cocktail event to celebrate the installation. Joined by style makers Prodip, Denise Lai and Christing Chang at the event, the installation serves as canvas to showcase his OVM collection for the next six weeks.

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