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.”
Prices start at $660 and run through to $730 at Bloomingdale’s, New York, 212.705.2000.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia