The postmodernist prints blanketing Raf Simons’ second offering for Calvin Klein Collection are the work of a New York City screen-printing collective, WWD has learned.
Lqqk Studio — the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based screen printing studio and brand profiled by WWD last week — took up residence on the 14th floor of the brand’s headquarters, serving an in-house printing operation for the weeks leading up to the label’s show.
Lqqk founder Alex Dondero, along with a staff of five printers, created experimental treatments and screens for the house’s spring collection.
Lqqk Studio’s Brooklyn, N.Y. headquarters.
Simons’ collection required extensive screen-printing development, logistics and labor. For the task, Lqqk created 70 screens using licensed Warhol prints — sometimes printing garments with up to five layers of color. The team printed on surfaces including leather, canvas, nylon, silk, wool and PVC — adjusting its ink formulas to suit each fabric.
Dondero said of the project: “It was all licensed Warhol prints — that is the inspiration, so staying true to that was really important. The liberties I was given were rooted in technique. It was about how to print something and make sure it’s not too clinical, but not too messy. Being gestural without going too far.”
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