After having designed two exclusive motifs, « Sea of Kumo » and « Snow Ikebana » for the Women’s 2016 Le Coq Sportif collections, Clémentine Henrion signed the last piece of her illustrated triptych for the brand’s Women’s Spring Summer 2017 sneaker collection.
« Paraiso Tropicalia » is a multidimensional painting composed on a rapturous zig-zag structure, a techno reinterpretation of tropicalism, otherwise known as “tropicália,” the psychedelic protest musical movement that revolutionized Brazilian music at the end of the 60s.
Confusing our sense of space, multicolored stairs trace a new perspective, an almost technoid vibration, an interweaving of references to South American textile cultures.
The florescent braids of Brazilian bracelets are woven together with black and white raffia trellises.
The flowers of “chita” fabrics, of Brazilian folk culture, bloom on these graphic lattices like roses climbing along infinite trellises in a Garden of Eden.
Floating in this ikat peppermint green lagoon, scalare fish glide among the highly colored vegetation of this exotic landscape.
The seaweeds are palm trees, the anemones are carnavalesque fans made of feathers and the flowers are birds-of-paradise.
The acid yellow stripes and the shimmering madras electrify this sub-aquatic jungle like lightening bolts in a psychedelic aquarium.
This collaboration has been distributed throughout the world in Le Coq Sportif boutiques as well as in a selection of multi-brand premium sportswear stores.
Photo by Nicola Lo Calzo
Set design by Clémentine Henrion