Inside the Jonathan Cohen Spring/Summer 2019 runway show
This season, Jonathan Cohen looks toward the world of beautiful storytelling through the lens of songwriting, keeping the notion of love and romance infused into the latest collection. Artists Siouxsie Sioux, Robert Smith, Lauryn Hill and Kate Bush provide the inspiration for the basis of the collection — four iconic artists who are pioneers in both their sound and style. It was a mood board, referencing images of these for recording artists, that helped to shape and refine the color palette this season.
Specifically, Sioux’s Kiss Them For Me, The Cure’s Pictures of You, Hill’s Ex-Factor and Bush’s Hounds of Love were the songs whose lyrics, message, and composition provided the soundtrack for the inspiration this season. While each artist is uniquely their own, the commonalities they share tell a story of love and loss.
When seen as a collective group, the way their various styles merge together inspired the direction of the creative output, bringing forward a multi-disciplinary approach, much like the Jonathan Cohen woman.
The Love Me, Love Me Not print was inspired by the childhood activity of physically removing petals from a daisy, while romantically thinking about that special person on your mind.
It’s a feeling and an act that brings back feelings of nostalgia and young love. This activity laid the foundation for mixed media collages and intricate details brought to life through Swarovski crystals.
Working with Nadia Swarovski, the Jonathan Cohen brand is one of two American designers who have been hand selected to collaborate with the storied house, further bringing the designs to life with intricate crystal details and embellishments.