Tattoo fashion is nothing new, whether it be designs etched onto skin or printed on apparel (who can forget the Ed Hardy trend), but last year it was the collaboration between Motel and Grace Neutral that really caught my eye. I first saw the pieces months before they were released at London Edge last September and refreshed the Motel website almost everyday after to see when I could get my hands on the collection.
For those of you who don’t know, Grace Neutral is an East London based tattoo artist who is known for her delicate handpoked work as well as her own body modifications which include purple eyeball tattoos, pointed pixie ears, forked tongue, belly button removal and many inkings. Grace’s space-elf look may not be to everyones taste but I personally love her bold form of self expression and incredible art work.
The collection itself saw a collaboration between Motel’s traditional body con skirts, kimonos, crop tops, t-shirts, slip dresses, and leggings printed in delicate hand drawn mandalas, typical of Grace’s tattooing.
I was drawn to this collection because it showed how intricate tattoo art can be instead of sticking with more traditional and tribal pieces that are so often used in fashion lines.
That is in no way a diss to traditional tattooing, if you have seen my tattoos you know that I have both tribal and old school inkings, however, I love the fact that brands like Motel are moving away from stereotypes and are showing the variety of talent and art within the tattoo community.
I took my Vince Slip Dress in Mystical Black to New York and despite being rolled up in a ball at the bottom of my rucksack, it came out perfectly uncreased. The day we took these pictures I went for a casual brunch, walked the length of Brooklyn, shopped, watched the sunset over Manhattan and then went straight out for an evening meal, finishing up at a cool local bar. Without time to change, the comfort and easy weariblity of this dress made it the perfect piece to to take me from day to night.
I have been wearing Motel for years but this season and the next season (which I had a preview of at London Edge last week) seem to have gone back to their rock roots and have really reignited my love for the brand. I know that I will definitely be adding a few more items of Motel to my wardrobe very soon, and hopefully a more permanent piece from Grace too.
I have been really into collaborations over the past year with this one, H&M x Balmain, Burton x Married to The Mob and Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani being some of my favourites.
Do you guys like a brand partnership, what are some of your favourites?