Marc Atlan

Citing his longtime crush on busty ’80s heartbreaker Samantha Fox as the primary influence behind his piece [funny, we were getting some distinct Tawny Kitane overtones here…], it’s obvious that Marc Atlan is a man who has never been afraid to go, well, big. As an art director, his work has brought him together with a list of collaborators and employers that includes icons such as Tom Ford, Phillipe Starck, Helmut Lang, and Rei Kawakubo, as well as a catalog of high-profile fashion and beauty clients that reads like an inventory of Anna Wintour’s walk-in closet. His sophisticated, pebble-like package design for Comme des Garçons parfums in the late ’90s garnered worldwide attention, and his work led him shortly thereafter to an absurdly productive stint as art director for Yves Saint Lauren. Presently, the French-born LA transplant runs his freelance design operation out of his Venice Beach bungalow, bringing his vision to a staggering variety of mediums: t-shirt designs, movie posters, perfume bottles and packaging, print ads, musical compositions, even designing the visual identity for a vintage yacht. Though his style is hard to pin down, his work is always bold and elegant, often including a hint of irony and, evident in his work for this collection, more than a little sexual innuendo.