New Kid on the BLOCK
September 14, 2009 § Leave a comment
If you’ve ever doubted fashion’s right to be classified as an art form, a more literal interpretation might be all you need to sit up and take notice. While Mondrian-esque colour blocks and geometric silhouettes were felt all over this autumn/winter’s catwalks from Yves Saint Lauren to Hermès, Marios Schwab to Hervé Léger, one extraordinary new young shoe designer has turned bold, graphic futurism into her signature style.
Many of 28-year-old Atalanta Weller’s made-to-order pieces (which could easily be sculptures in their own right) have been influenced by the work of architects and furniture designers who share her Hoxton studio; yes, this is an artist who is constantly pushing the boundaries of form and material. Infused with what she describes as a “50s Cadillac meets Las Vegas neon aesthetic”, Weller works with metals, plastics, rubber, polystyrene and even used car parts (like her model for BMW) – just as her boyfriend quipped, “It’s the only way you get boys to look at your shoes!” Other creations include woven balls for Gareth Pugh (pictured), plus equally radical collaborations with Sinha-Stanic (spring/summer 2008) and four seasons running with House of Holland.
For this Cordwainers College graduate and British Fashion Council New Generation (NEWGEN) winner, the future looks bright. Right now these incredible designs are still only made-to-order, but Weller’s 2010 eponymous line will showcase ready-to-wear versions of her trademark conceptual shoe. And before it’s even launched, i-D have featured her alongside Pierre Hardy, Christian Louboutin and Giuseppe Zanotti as one of the world’s most progressive shoe designers. Quite an achievement when you’ve barely begun!