SS18 Collection Details
Looking at the SS18 collection, it is apparent Brandon expanded upon his designs of luxurious monochromatic evening ensembles to a bright and dynamic wardrobe that includes daywear, ball-gowns and accessories. While the pieces and colors signify a shift for the house, it is the details, fabrications and collaborations that tell a deeper story about Brandon’s inspirations.
Denim makes its first appearance for the brand in six varying styles with one consistent detail: a circular impression on the back right pocket reminiscent of Brandon’s father’s dipping tobacco cans. This is not the only tribute to Brandon’s past: the white shirt-dress is an homage to the crisp cotton shirt his grandfather wore everyday and the emblematic “B” belt-buckle represents the designer’s life-long obsession of monogramming everything.
Leopard jacquard, chiffon and acid wash alligator skin were a few of the new fabrics used in the collection. Intensive techniques such as pin-tucking and hand-sewn leopard pearl embroidery were meticulously created in Brandon’s New York atelier. Scroll down further to read about the brand’s collaborations with outside artists for this collection.
Brandon worked with the jeweler Lunch at the Ritz by Zander Elliot to create statement earrings for the SS18 collection. The earrings, which come in various colorways and sizes, are all animals representing attributes of a Brandon Maxwell woman: an owl for wisdom, a zebra for individuality and a panther for courage.
The pink leopard jacquard ball skirt worn by Karlie Kloss for the closing ensemble created quite the statement as it swept across the laps of guests in the intimate show space. A large portion of the oversized skirt was hand embroidered in Brandon’s atelier with drawings of an eagle, a horse and a wolf by the Texas-based artist Jules Buck Jones. Brandon has been a long-time admirer of Jones’s work so it was with great pleasure to collaborate with him on this piece.