FASHION FOR ART’S SAKE: Oliver Peoples, Pam & Gela and Lisa Eisner are the latest Los Angeles brands to contribute to the Wear LACMA collection. Founded in 2012 by Katherine Ross, the art and fashion collaboration between L.A. designers and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has brought George Esquivel, Johnson Hartig, Christina Kim, Anita Ko, Gregory Parkinson, Haley Van Oosten, Marjan and Maryam Malakpour, Juan Carlos Obando, Clare Vivier, Jennifer Meyer, and Greg Chait, among others, into the museum to select an artwork that inspires a limited-edition fashion item.
The art-inspired products range from T-shirts, tote bags and dresses to fragrances, jewelry, scarves and leather accessories. For the fall 2016 collection, which goes on sale Nov. 7 in the museum’s gift shop and online, Oliver Peoples designed a pair of unisex sunglasses inspired by Chris Burden’s outdoor sculpture “Urban Light.” The clear frames surround amber gold photochromic mineral lenses and the case features the artwork.
Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash Taylor, founders of Juicy Couture and the sportswear brand Pam & Gela, took a cue from crane and blossom motifs in 19th- and 20th-century Japanese ceramics for their capsule collection of T-shirts and a Japanese souvenir jacket.
Jewelry designer Lisa Eisner was inspired by Jay DeFeo’s painting “The Jewel,” which evokes celestial and geological readings; her suite of necklaces, bracelets and earrings captures the themes and colors of the large and heavily textured oil painting.
Wear LACMA is an initiative of the museum’s Director’s Circle fund-raising group, co-chaired by Quinn Ezralow and Cece Feiler, whose committee members include Ross and Willow Bay. All proceeds from the items’ sales benefit the museum’s programs and exhibitions. To celebrate the museum’s 15th anniversary last year, Wear LACMA engaged 19 designers to create a collection that was sold in collaboration with e-tailer Farfetch.