This spring the art and fashion worlds cemented their mutual appreciation—in the form of products. Marc Jacobs and artist Richard Prince created much buzz at October’s Louis Vuitton spring 2008 show in Paris, when Prince brought a fresh perspective to the label’s logo by reworking the LV monogram.
And theirs isn’t the only art and fashion collaboration out there, nor is this type of pairing limited to handbags. Damien Hirst has collaborated with Levi’s to produce a collection of Swarovski crystal–encrusted denim jeans for the company’s Warhol factory X line for spring, and Swedish illustrator Liselotte Watkins has created vivid harlequin prints for the girlish smock minidresses in Miu Miu’s spring collection.
But back to accessories—at Art Basel in December, Jimmy Choo launched a Bakelite clutch and tote bag, both covered in renderings of glamorous women’s faces by the artist Richard Phillips, taken from Phillips’ 1998 painting Riot.
In London, Celia Birtwell, whose cute floral prints originally adorned her former husband Ossie Clarke’s flowing dresses in the Sixties and Seventies, has now lent her designs to footwear. The Brit designer, who also produces a vintage-feel ready-to-wear collection for Topshop, has created vibrant, painterly fabrics in tropical pinks, purples and greens for footwear designer Olivia Morris’ pointy flats and wedges. “My collection this season is based around the tropics—Hawaii, Tahiti and the women in Gauguin’s paintings,” says Morris. “Working with Celia was a logical progression.”
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"'Dynasty' is all about gowns, the diamonds and the scandal, so it's a bit like the fashion industry. When we come to Cannes it's all about the red carpet dresses too, so it all fit really well," said designer @philippplein78 on the theme of his high-glamour resort 2019 show at his mansion in Cannes. #wwdfashion #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
"I think Spike is such a brilliant director because he holds up a mirror to society and reflects these issues, yet he doesn't shove it down your throat, he doesn't tell you what to think," says @lauraharrier on her latest film @Blackkklansman. Harrier was at the Cannes Film Festival – for the very first time – with @officialspikelee. #wwdeye #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
“I would think to myself, Are you happy? Yes, I’m wildly happy. I go to this studio every day and, in my inside voices, I’m giggling; I’m singing. Yes, it’s a lot of work, it’s a [huge] volume of material. It wouldn’t be for everybody. But I was very happy,” said soap opera star @therealsusanlucci of checking in throughout the years with her career trajectory. Lucci spoke to WWD about her decades-long career, love for pilates, motherhood and her QVC activewear line. Read Bridget Foley’s full piece on Lucci on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @celestesloman)
@balmain has taken a stand at the #cannes Film Festival, dressing 16 actresses at a press call for the project “Noire N’est Pas Mon Metier,” or “Black Is Not My Profession.” The multimedia project includes a book, photo exhibit and documentary, which aims to expose discrimination in the French and American entertainment industries. “The moment I was asked to participate, I knew it was right for me, and for this brand, to form a part of this moment,” Balmain creative director @olivier_rousteing told WWD. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
"I always feel curious and I feel like there's more to learn. But I think being relevant, feeling relevant, I personally always feel that there's just so much more to know. And maybe that's the key.” — @themarcjacobs #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty (📷: @patrickmacleodphoto )
“The most amazing thing about her is that, regardless of all the things that have happened to her, her spirit is so undaunted by all of it. She is the most cheerful person you will ever meet. She doesn’t see problems, she only sees solutions,” said @ajanaomi_king of activist Ifrah Ahmed, who she plays in a new film “A Girl from Mogadishu.” WWD caught up with King at Cannes — Head to WWD.com to read more about her new role, personal style and how she uses social media for causes like Time’s Up and Black Lives Matter #wwdeye
WWD asked a number designers to share their thoughts on what Meghan Markle’s wedding gown will look like this Saturday. Here, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli sketches his look. #wwdfashion #royalwedding #meghanmarkle