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Nov 15th 2013, 22:26, by

Mother of Pearl x Jim Lambie

According to our Spring ’14 Trend Report, art and fashion are sharing a major moment. But for Mother of Pearl’s Maia Norman and Amy Powney, this isn’t anything new. Each season, the duo works with a contemporary artist (Gary Hume and Mat Collishaw have been past collaborators) to design Mother of Pearl’s clever prints, and their latest offering, which debuted exclusively today on Net-a-Porter, got the Jim Lambie treatment.

This isn't the first time Lambie has teamed up with the brand. The artist lent a hand to the Spring 2011 collection, which was Powney's first as head of design. "Working with Jim Lambie helped me set the tone for Mother of Pearl, so in some ways, I feel it is not just complimentary of our aesthetic, but also part of the foundation," Powney told Two of Lambie’s major works lent themselves to the new capsule. His “Found Flower Painting” series, in which surrealist blooms are collaged with posters of musicians, inspired the black-and-white striped gown, blouse, and sneakers splashed with fuchsia florals. And his eye-catching vinyl floor installations, which mimic a 2-D rainbow beneath your feet, were transferred to a T-shirt and column skirt in thick bands of pastels. Over the past few seasons, mixed stripes, florals, and unexpected hues have become ingrained in Mother of Pearl’s DNA, but the Lambie style makes it all feel fresh as a daisy for Spring. Now that’s what we call wearable art.

Ranging from $275 to $900, Mother of Pearl’s Jim Lambie collection is available, from today, on

—Emily Farra

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