After discovering Matthew Johnson’s work in a Sydney gallery, designer Gary Bigeni approached the Melbourne-based designer to collaborate on his latest collection, Alignment. Not one to shy away from colour Bigeni’s vibrant aesthetic proved to be a perfect match for Johnson’s talents, with the pair creating a series of patterns which have been transformed into 6 paintings and pieces for Bigeni’s latest collection.
Bigeni and Johnson hosted an intimate launch for Melbourne media and friends at Block Projects in Cremorne. Models stood in front of Johnson’s paintings, decked out in Bigeni’s latest collection. Local Redken stylist Lorn Evans from Zumay Salon created a beautiful messy-chic fishtail braid to compliment Bigeni’s bold designs.
Johnson’s pieces popped against the white walls and an LED lighting installation was set up to shine on select paintings, creating an magical effect, changing the appearance of the rich colours.
Johnson’s bold, geometric prints were beautifully juxtaposed against Bigeni’s clean, fluid silhouettes and flattering draping. Flowing crepe dresses were the perfect canvas to showcase Johnson’s love of bright and pastel pigments.
After the success of their first collaboration, Bigeni and Johnson plan to work together again for Bigeni’s winter collection. We can’t wait to see what magic these two amazing talents create next season.
Images by Katherine Ng