Stacey Bendet’s resort capsule collection was both a collaboration with, and a celebration of, artist Jean-Michel Basquiat — her whimsical hand applied to his explosive collages.

 

Not only did the palette of Basquiat’s paintings anchor the eclectic, beautifully vibrant lineup, but repros of his portraits, doodles and handwritten notes were digitally printed onto duchess satin ballgown skirts and dresses. And if that weren’t enough of a visual punch, Bendet added sequin beading and embroidery details onto the artwork, “to make it feel as real as possible,” she said. A moto jacket was playful and kitsch, featuring Basquiat’s scribbled words (including a crossed-out “Madonna”) and iconic elements, like a golden crown, so that customers feel like they’re owning a piece of art. The collection also referenced Basquiat’s personal style, giving it an Eighties feel. A sweater over button-down shirt and stonewash jeans was an interpretation of the artist’s “uniform,” while sweaters with elongated arms played on his habitually stretched-out knits (from letting his dog pull on his leash during walks).

 

Bendet’s well-tailored evening offerings were considerably more minimal in palette; standouts included dresses with glass embroidery and a jacket that could be worn as both a cape or vest. The playful accessories included a black-and-white doodle print on a clutch that glowed in the dark.

 

All of the Basquiat-inspired pieces will be numbered like prints or sculptures, and half the proceeds from their sales will be donated to the CFDA young talent initiative.

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