When designer Ilan Delouis and art director Jenny Mannerheim founded Each x Other, the duo wanted to combine wardrobe essentials in luxurious fabrics and fine tailoring with artwork and innovative finishes. Each x Other collections are unique, wearable and they democratize art – by collaborating with various renowned artists, the collections brings art out of the gallery and onto the street. The ubiquitous ‘X’ at the heart of Each x Other represents the collaborative aspect of the brand: the collaboration between Delouis and Mannerheim, the androgynous tailoring, and the brand’s core concept – “Art meets Fashion.”
The inspiration for this season’s collection came from a collaboration between two artists; Robert Montgomery has worked his poems into Fabio Paleari’s flower photography. The collaboration between the two typifies the hybridity of the brand: it is a delicate balance between subjectivity and objectivity, detached and intimate, glossy and gritty. They have both worked extensively with Beat generation poets such as Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, and the mixture between art and poetry and the influence of Situationist theorist Guy Debord in their work, align them with Each x Other’s concept of ‘living art.’ The garments form black backdrops for Paleari’s vividly coloured flowers, which cut through the darkness in hues of magenta, purple and blue.
It is a simultaneously tough and tender collection: leather jackets are offset with silk dresses, and graphic jerseys with blouses. Military and Sailor uniforms are reinvented: materials are fused with dip-dye finishing and Each x Other code poetry by the brand’s in-house poet Robert Montgomery. Montgomery’s poems “SLAVE TO LOVE” and Each x Other’s core brand slogan “SAFE AND WARM HERE IN THE FIRE OF EACH OTHER” are embroidered onto the fabrics.
All collaborations present the Each x Other brand message of unity, love and strength. The collection includes statement goat hair jackets in strong pastels, floral prints and colour fades. Navy blue denim collars, sailor tops, dresses and Each x Other DNA preppy mariner stripes meet military twill-wool jackets with contrasting patches and pockets, pilot bombers and duffel jackets.
This collection is as if all our childhood heroines met and mixed their wardrobes together – princess Leia of Star Wars, meeting the introvert from The Breakfast Club, Sailor Moon and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This collection makes us our own heroines – ready to break down the rules of what women should be. We’re genderless, fearless and limitless. Soft cuts resembling 19th century dresses mix with the cuts donned by 70s rebels, giving the collection a feel of freedom: fashion doesn’t feel dusty, defined or limited by time, but opened up by it. Sporty influences mixed with sweet knitted finishes make this collection anything but dull. Each x Other breaks the unwritten rules of fashion by writing their own rules – the rules of never conforming.