French contemporary label Each x Other’s first freestanding men’s wear collection was a veritable fashion-meets-art experience, with three artists’ works displayed in a gallerylike space, where models sported each one’s fashion creations.
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s sartorial contribution had his signature primary colors and included a tuxedo and black leather biker jacket festooned with graffiti (taken directly from a wall he decorated in St. Barths). He also had on show a series of papier mâché heads and clocks (sans numbers).
“Around ’82 I started collaborating with many artists — Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman and Keith Haring. When I started, it was like a shock and scandal,” de Castelbajac said. “I’ve always been, on the one hand, an artist and on the other hand a designer. Jenny [Mannerheim] and Ilan [Delouis, Each x Other’s founders] are like my spiritual sons — they have crystalized art as wearable things. Art…is a new armor.”
Robert Montgomery contributed a textural sculpture and tuxedos, sweatshirts and shirts with sayings such as “We are not your servants anymore,” while Blair Chivers’ mirror work was literally present and reflected in his fashion, including aluminum leather jackets.
The overriding idea for every Each x Other men’s collection is to offer a wardrobe for today’s man, and it took graphics to a whole new level.