(THIS FLOWERS ARE) STILL ALIVE
Collection (THIS FLOWERS ARE) STILL ALIVE explores still life in western art and tries to reinterpet it in present. Maja Mehle, the designer talks about the initial inspiration for the collection: “While we were admiring paintings in his slovenian home, Miha
told me the story about his grandma Draguša, naive painter, that spent most of her time painting flowers from her husband’s flower beds. We started thinking about transience of subjects, which are put in eternity by few brush strokes. Eternal transience – Transience of eternity.” Story about Draguša evolved in further exploration of still life and observation of flower’s life span that they have chronologically photographed in their London home. Maja found her silhouette in fluidity of Flemish artists and clean, precise, sharp and elegant draperies of polish art deco painter, Tamara de Lempicka. The transience of STILL ALIVE collection is put to eternity with delicate still lifes, contrast of soft draperies and highly tailored jackets, classical and inovative materials, wreaths of artificial flowers and digital printed silk scarves.
SPRING SUMMER 2014
THE SKY IS THE LIMIT
‘The Sky is the Limit’ was inspired by MÊHLÊ’s childhood in the former Yugoslavia. For Spring/Summer 2014 they have interpreted their memories of celebrating the Day of Youth. An event where children would meet wearing brightly coloured tracksuits, an idealized dream of society where everything is possible and the slogan ‘Brotherhood and Unity’ seemed real. Lucy McKenzie’s trompe l’oeils installations and Rene Magritte’s paintings have also influenced the collection.
AUTUMN WINTER 2013
WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD
‘Welcome to the New World’ was presented in January 2013. The collection was inspired by the recent end of the world predictions for the 21st December 2012. The collection explored the idea that this was the birth of a new world rather then a disastrous end to the one we live in. They created a set of essential garments and list of rules to follow in the new world: CREATE / LOVE / WORK OUT / RELAX / ENJOY.
MÊHLÊ’s “Survival kit” consists of wool and jersey trousers, nylon jersey sweatshirt and Mylar foil coated top, technological spacer fabric bomber jacket and laser cut polycotton dress, skirt, shirt, t-shirt, shorts and panties. Each laser cut garment embodies one of the listed new rules, incorporated onto parts of the garments, such as the collars. The collections colour story is based around shades of blue, which has a calming effect and is strongly associated with both tranquility and power.
AUTUMN WINTER 2014
‘Moving Forward’ pays tribute to Sarajevo and the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Winter Olympics. Which was the only Olympic Games held in the former Yugoslavia. AW '14 is inspired by the contrast between this glorious sporting event and the devastating siege of Sarajevo a few years later. 'Moving Forward' is an ode to Sarajevo and it's people, who despite horrendous conditions, never gave up hope and somehow managed to retain their dark humour and creativity.
SPRING SUMMER 2015 PREVIEW
SPRING SUMMER 2015
THE FUTURE IS NOW
90s rave culture meets uniforms, sportswear meets subculture; folds and cut-outs; transparencies and reflections in shades of white, black and blue.
AUTUMN WINTER 2015 PREVIEW
"Gold is Shit / Shit is Gold / Both = 0"
'Cons 5' was inspired by revolutionary Slovenian constructivism art movement, their ideas, graphics and poems. / Press stud seams, velcro tapes and detachable appliques / Velvet, jersey and bonded fabrics / Forest Green, Light Navy, Sky Blue and Black.
AUTUMN WINTER 2015
Gold is Shit / Shit is Gold / Both = 0
Autumn Winter ’15 collection 'Cons 5' was inspired by revolutionary Slovenian constructivism art group, founded in 1924 by August Černigoj, the only Slovenian that studied at famous Bauhaus art school and first ever Slovenian modernist artist, whose uncompromising revolutionary artistic performances resulted in drastic police deportation from the capital. Černigoj later found a soulmate in avantgarde poet Srečko Kosovel, whose poetry was way ahead of his time and is often compared with Arthur Rimbaud. Kosovel died at twenty-two, leaving behind almost 1,000 poems, although during his lifetime he published less than forty. The ideas and works of the group reflected the turmoil of the Balkans after the Great War, strongly criticized the bourgeoisie of that time and explored the
problems of identity and allegiance to the rising international socialism.
Europe is dying. / The League of Nations and the apothecary, both are a lie. / Operations! Revolutions!
SPRING SUMMER 2016
MÊHLÊ Spring Summer 2016 collection ‘2116:Renaissance’ is an utopian future prediction, cross-referencing retro-futurism, space exploration and postgravity art. For ‘2116:Renaissance’ collection, MÊHLÊ researched into Slovenian rocket engineer and pioneer of cosmonautics, Herman Potocnik – Noordung, whose book ‘The Problem of Space Travel’, published in 1928, addressed the long-term human habitation in space and is regarded as the first architecture in space. The collection was also inspired by postgravity artist Dragan Zivadinov, who in 1998 realised the first theater performance in zero gravity conditions.