New York —Laura Lobdell created a special edition of Seeds of Silk for Richard Chai’s Spring/Summer 2011 Menswear Runway Show, September 13, 2010. The project came about serendipitously when Lobdell was introduced to Chai’s Production Director at the Soho Gallery, Third Streaming, where her work is currently on view. Lobdell was wearing one of her signature “Seeds of Silk” – hand knotted, ocean washed silk, embellished with sterling silver and cultured pearls –around her wrist, which recall a bracelet Chai wears from Asia.
After a proper meeting, the collaboration went forward and Lobdell created a collection for the Men’s collection using silk along with abstract cotton print created by Chai. Lobdell made the pieces and did the ocean washing while living in a beachside shack in Amagansett. Seeing the beauty of the knotted textiles floating in the salt water, Lobdell documented the process. The result is a series of photographs that read like watery abstract paintings — fashion turning into art. Both photographs and the new Fall palette of “Seeds of Silk” are at Laura Lobdell in the West Village, 183 1/8 West 10 Street, near 7th Avenue South, www.lauralobdell.com. Seeds of Silk, $85, are worn tied around wrists and necks – even braided in hair.
“It was a pleasure working with Richard and his team – he’s so talented and I loved doing the knotting processes with his custom prints. Collaborating with another designer is such a great way to expand my design vocabulary,” explained Lobdell.