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Quarry Man

by Hollie Moat

A shot from Carrara Marble Quarries by Edward Burtynsky

‘I am definitely in a more sinister, heavy mood’ young British designer James Long has said of his collection for A/W 12, a multi-layered medley of earth tones, tough materials and jagged surfaces.
And when it came to inspiration, the rapidly rising Englishman turned to something equally raw and gritty - Edward Burtynsky’s Quarries series.


James Long A/W 12

The Canadian photographer and artist, famed for his large format pictures of industrial landscapes captured the series in Italy’s Carrara Marble Quarries between 1991 and 1992, and his shots of the  multi-textured, man-made rock formations  have a strange and somehow natural - but otherworldly look to them, as if they were part of a Star Wars set.
It’s this tactile appearance and grainy colour palette that Long has transported into his collection, as demonstrated in this jacket which just about demanded our attention as soon as it arrived on farfetch.com, all juxtapositions of rough and smooth, light and dark, quilting layered up with collar and a belt for maximum detail.


A shot from Carrara Marble Quarries by Edward Burtynsky

It has all the makings of a Winter must-have, but for all those who don’t quite want to accept the cold weather Long has some warming words about his pieces, likening them to ‘the outer layers of Winter, with something else breaking through.’
But then that’s the thing about the Carrara Quarries, they probably look lovely just about any time of year.

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