Prints, Please

This spring the art and fashion worlds cemented their mutual appreciation—in the form of products.

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WWD Accessory issue 02/11/2008

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.

This story first appeared in the February 11, 2008 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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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