Palace are set to release their new summer collection before the end of the month. We take a first look at the new range, which collaborates with Jean Charles de Castelbajac, following their previous collaboration which dropped last year.
Moroccan designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac is well known for his exciting, vivid aesthetic, heavily using bold colours and graphics. Also known as ‘the king of cartoon’, Castelbajac draws his inspiration from art, music, comic strips and cartoons which becomes extremely apparent in his work. His eccentric designs have earned him recognition within the fashion industry, following in the footsteps of fashion icons including Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, as he was appointed the designer of the Selfridges Oxford Street exhibition in 2010. The pop up consisted in a range of window displays created by the designer, which was called ‘An Encounter Of The 5th Kind’. Castelbajac is well known for his coat of teddy bears which has previously been sported by music superstar, Madonna. Currently, the designer sits as artistic director at Benneton.
The last collaboration from Palace and Jean Charles de Castelbajac consisted of a variety of bold prints and colours. From printed t-shirts and sweats to more formal short sleeve shirts, each piece was emblazoned with some sort of distinctive pattern paying homage to the designer’s traditional style. The range also featured accessories including a funky bucket hat, all of which sold out within days – as usually expected with new Palace collaborations.
he two labels are back again this season with a second summery collab’. This time, the collaboration sees a widely mixed colour palette including royal blue, yellow, red and forest green. We can see that this collaboration is a particular celebration of the 60’s artistic movement, lead by no other than Andy Warhol. Pop Art is very apparent within this collection through the use of shamelessly bright patterns and chaotic prints, symbolising the eternal nature of what was such an important turning point within the art industry. Some of the highlight pieces from the collection include a blue Tri-ferg hoodie, which features a redesign of the classic Palace Tri-ferg logo. In this particular piece, the white triangular logo is layered underneath signature JCC lettering in a more playful form. The use of primary colours within this design is a great expression of Castelbajac’s almost childlike nature when it comes to his work.
A range of accessories also compliments the main pieces within this collaboration. Amongst a variety of regular stitched caps, Palace x JCC are also offering a bucket hat, just like their previous collaboration, which is perfect for the hot summer days. This festival ready piece is completely covered in yet more of Castelbajac’s unusual, vivid designs. The bucket hat is stitched with white stitching to compliment the base colour and is finished with an embroidered Palace logo on the front in a matching white stitch.
The drop date for the new Palace x Jean Charles de Castelbajac summer capsule collection for 2020 is the 26th June. The collection will be available from the Palace website which you can access by clicking here.
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