Illustrator transatlantic duo Craig & Karl have a way with eyes.  Their eyes have graced the portraits of the likes of Kanye West and Miuccia Prada and immediately hold your gaze with their bold outlines, striking use of pattern and colour and direct stare.  Now theirs eyes grace a fantastic collaboration with German luxury brand MCM.  In fact the collection is called "Eyes on the Horizon", with multiple references as I found out when I chatted with artists Craig Redman and Karl Maier and Mrs Sung-Joo Kim, chairwoman and CEO of MCM at the launch lunch last week in London, following a street party outside the MCM Sloane Street store.  Despite an impressive portfolio of work that now includes commissions for British Vogue, New York Magazine and the Bavarian State Opera, it turns out Redman and Maier work quite separately, in their New York and London studios respectively.  They log in and out of Dropzone files to work around their time differences and rarely have face-to-face time together when collaborating and so the concept of the collection revolves around Craig and Karl's "eyes" looking across the Atlantic at each other.  They're also "eyes" that yearn for that feeling of summery relaxation, something I'm currently trying to get to grips with, having spent a few days now in LA, driving around in a Toyota Corolla.  Sun-kissed vacaying and teenage longing for summer holidays fuels the collection from the palm tree prints to the optmistic colour combos.  It's all in the eyes though as even without looking at the credits, it's quite easy to spot the signature style of Craig & Karl as their lazy heavy-lidded eyes peer out from sunglasses and are sometimes abstracted with water reflections. 

What I really should have done was hauled the bags over to LA for sun-drenched, poolside and palm-shadowed fun.  However London is getting its own dose of tropical as we speak with its prolonged heat wave and so I played around with the palm-printed backpack, the document holder and briefcase, GIF-ing it up to doubly amp up the pop psychedelica of this cheeky collection.  I also trialled the clutch last week at the couture shows as photographed by Koo below.  The full range comprises more backpacks, glasses cases, wallets and pouches all featuring the signature MCM Visetos logo pattern in the background.  Luisa Viaroma and Saks Fifth Avenue currently have a few of the styles online to buy but naturally the collection is limited in numbers and are selling like hot cakes out of MCM's flagship stores.

This may be my first post on MCM – an intriguing brand that whilst rooted in Germany has undergone a revival under the discerning Korean ownership of Asia's luxury power player Sung-Joo Kim – it probably won't be my last after hearing Kim's remarkable story.  Speaking to her and listening to how she started her company in Seoul and how she grew Gucci's franchising from nothing to millions in Korea and how she bought MCM was enough to make me feel like an underachieving useless lemon.  She calls MCM a "new type of luxury" and indeed, with its huge popularity in Asia and gradual wading in to the European/American markets, it is becoming known for a sort of youthful street savvy rather than heavy-handed heritage.  When Kim talked about the title of the collection "Eyes on the Horizon", she was definitely hinting at a prize bigger than relaxing summer holidays as she steers MCM towards a new generation of luxury customer.  The Craig & Karl collaboration is jsut one stellar example of the brand doing just that, judging by the Instagram likes, Twitter buzz and all-round lovin' for what is one of my favourite art-meets-fashion hook-ups in a long time.  

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IMG_6265MCM x Craig & Karl document holder with Sea NY jacket, vintage Nina Ricci dress, Karen Walker sunglasses, Valentino Rockstud shoes

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IMG_6369MCM x Craig & Karl briefcase with J.W. Anderson grid jacket, Versus dress, Marc Jacobs loafers

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Comments (30)

  1. Eileen says:

    Susie you’re amazing. <3 Adore the quirky bags and pleated skirts!

  2. M a r t a says:

    awesome as always! Love the clutch!!!
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  3. katy vess says:

    loving the print and colour combination, nice!
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  4. Krystal says:

    First let me congratulate my brothers and sisters across the pond on your bout with great weather!
    Now, I shamelessly admit that I have dabbled in making myself some semi-knock off items in the styling’s of the “Craig & Karl print”. It did not work out so well for me…and I cannot seem to get my hands on the oversized clutch featured in this article. I want it…really badly. I think it will be included in my wishlist.

  5. Jenni says:

    your hair looks really pretty like that and omg his graphics are so inpiring and awesome

  6. winnie says:

    I adore MCM! I currently have a tiny tiny vintage MCM bag that I was given by my aunt – definitely will be adding more MCM to the collection soon! The MCM Craig and Karl bags are so cool.

  7. yam poppy says:

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    Love the bag!
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  8. Angelina says:

    Wow! Love the bright colored large clutches! And thanks for sharing the behind-the-scenes photos. I always love seeing designers’ creative process.
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  10. INKA says:

    I love, love creative and crazy people. Only from them everyone can get some sparcles of God. These bags are really BRAVE! Inka from RITMS http://www.etsy.com/shop/RITMS?ref=si_shop

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  12. Putri Soe says:

    Ah the new trend in fashion… thank God that Bart print is starting to come to an end (or is it?) (i love Bart btw don’t get me wrong). I love all these looks on you (though the first one not really suits my taste–but the hell with it right?). You got me at the palm tree printed backpack!

  13. jean cave says:

    I might make a bag for myself
    Thanks for the inspiration

  14. andy says:

    love this,is so cool :)

  15. ej says:

    Love this post!!!!!!! Love the bag and your outfit and everything‚ô•

  16. Sora Daniel says:

    good post ! thank you !

  17. Gem says:

    If there is one thing I want from “Craig and Karl” its that oversized clutch. Its awesome.
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  18. The Fashion Fraction says:

    so much in love with these MCM bags!
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  19. INTIRA says:

    Love them all. You and you SUPER UNIQUE style look great with it:)

  20. Amy says:

    All beautiful! Love hé style, love the pics, love the Colors and prints!
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  21. tamsin says:

    so cute and quirky

  22. Sasha says:

    I love your style so much. The boomer jacket in first photo is so cute

  23. The Provoker says:

    Adore the pile of outfit and styles thrown this way, and omg if these bags could ‘see’, I imagine as a clutch of Susie Bubble they’ve seen A LOT! Love the MJ loafers by the way in the third look. Pity we didn’t run into each other in LA, I just came back and the weather is gorgeous!
    xx The Provoker
    http://www.the-provoker.com/2013/07/provoking-hollywood.html

  24. your blog continues to amaze me. You’re one of the very few bloggers who i feel have stayed true to their style. I love everything you put on, it’s always fun to look at even if I can’t see myself in it for reasons that aren’t important right now. Haha

  25. Emmie says:

    OH MY GOD.
    I am in love with your second and third outfits!
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  27. Matthew Pike says:

    Imagine if you could get a bag to really do that, now there’s a thing.

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