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Paco Rabanne by Zak Group, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and Fall / Winter 2017-18 Invitation invitation for French fashion label Paco Rabanne by Zak Group, United Kingdom

Paco Rabanne is Spanish designer and French fashion label established in 1966 with a catalogue of ready-to-wear garments, shoes, fragrances and accessories. Rather than an interest in the past, Paco Rabanne, who originally trained as an architect, has created strong silhouettes from new materials, and often rejected the spirit and art of the time.

Paco Rabanne’s creative director Julien Dossena worked with the London-based design studio Zak Group to reinterpret and express the essence of the fashion label through a new visual identity system, which would coincide with the opening of the label’s first new shop in ten years. Zak Group revised logo and monogram, devised a custom typeface and took a new approach to show invitations, lookbooks and bags, campaigns, art direction and website.

This post was updated June 2017 with images of, and insight into, Paco Rabanne’s latest lookbook and show invitations, also designed by Zak Group.

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Altaskifer by Neue, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and business cards for Alta Quartzite mining and sales business Altaskifer designed by Neue, Norway

Alta Quartzite is a natural building material quarried from the mountains of Norway’s Alta region with a unique green/grey colour, fine texture and hard wearing non-slip properties. These make it a good choice for both interior and exterior applications, from roofing, paving and staircases, to roads and walkways. Although it is material with a long history of use it is being utilised in increasingly more innovative ways, and on an international scale.

Working on the mountainside of Peska, Norwegian company Altaskifer mines Alta Quartzite using traditional methods, and is a joint sales and marketing company for the entire slate industry in the Alta region.

Altaskifer worked with Scandinavian graphic design studio Neue to develop a brand identity that would run across a variety of touch points. These are now linked by the concept of “rough beauty” and the history of the material, from the hard manual labour and functional focus of the past, to today’s modern design and crafted contexts. This is visualised through a bright but simple colour palette, typographical contrast and the meeting of organic and geometric form across business cards, tote bags, brochure and soon to launch website.

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Wadha by Two Times Elliott, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Doha based fashion brand Wadha by Two Times Elliott, United Kingdom

Wadha is a Islamic fashion brand for women, established in 2010 in the city of Doha, Qatar, by Wadha Al Hajri. Garments by Wadha are characterised by unique fabrics and cuts, contemporary, clean and slightly irregular shapes, and single colour. This aesthetic is reflected throughout Wadha’s brand identity, designed by British graphic design studio Two Times Elliott, not only in typographic form and a solid colour palette but also in material choice, print finish and structure. This links assets such as notecards, bags, tags and business cards.

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