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ARTISTIC TENDENCIES: James Jean, a former comic book artist who rose to fashion world prominence for his whimsical fairy-tale-themed illustrations for Prada, recently held court at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong to launch a special line of accessories and limited-edition items for the retailer.
The Taiwanese-American illustrator spent three days working on a live art installation for the store to coincide with the commercial launch of his special OVM-branded products, which went on sale Friday. The store hosted an opening cocktail that evening.
The artist was given free rein over the retailer’s project space Blitz, a freestanding glass box that sits in the Canton Road store. Jean adorned the room with white sketches of butterflies, foliage and whimsical creatures. “I want people to feel like they entered a different dimension or world, this surreal, dream-like space,” he said.
OVM, the artist’s quirky jewelry and accessories line, have put him in the spotlight. He launched the collection online last year.
“I was always looking to translate my art into three dimensions, but in a media that not many people were doing. I thought that jewelry was an interesting challenge,” said Jean.
Lane Crawford is the first retail space to carry his full OVM collection of accessories, which includes the most recent series of jewelry made from porcelain.
Jean also designed a limited-edition line of scarves, pouches and iPhone veils exclusively for Lane Crawford. The collection’s colorful scarves feature a nude nymphlike character with impossibly long, wavelike tresses. Prices range from 250 Hong Kong dollars to 36,600 Hong Kong dollars, or $32 to $4,722.
Jean said he was impressed with the style of the Hong Kong women he encountered on his trip. “They are very sophisticated in a way. They aren’t afraid to combine different things together. Where I’m from people tend to be a little more conservative,” he explained. “Here, they are fearless.”