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In 1950, the famed French artist, poet, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau began his 12-year residency on the French Riviera, embellishing the blank walls of French socialite Francine Weisweiller’s villa with his fantastical drawings. Now, 65 years later, the fashion house Façonnable—under the approval of Sir Pierre Bergé, President of the Jean Cocteau Committee—is reimagining Cocteau’s imaginative illustrations in the form of their Spring-Summer 2015 capsule collection. This collaboration is the first in a series of Façonnable’s capsule collections, which seek to celebrate the culture and enduring legacy of the House’s origin, the French Riviera.
Creative Director, Daniel Kearns, delved into the archives of the artist during his period in the Riviera and applied the distinctive Cocteau iconography to the relaxed and timeless pieces of the collection. Items for both men and women start off with a navy and off-white color palette and include the artist’s signature motifs such as eight point star, the infinity sign and treble clef eye, and the Inca twin heads. The Cocteau inspired designs appear across a variety of garments and accessories such as scarves, sunglasses, slip-on shoes, cuff-links, and pins allowing the consumer to integrate a bit of the French Riviera into their style no matter where they are.
The release of the collection will be celebrated today at The Webster in Miami, and will be available in 19 of the world’s leading specialty stores, including Barney’s New York and Los Angeles, Selfridges London, Colette Paris, 10 Corso Como Milan, Lane Crawford HK, Club 21 Singapore, Tomorrow Land Tokyo, and Harrold’s Sydney among other locations.