Bold Strokes and Artful Wear
All photographs were taken by Ashley Urban
What better way to pay homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat, the late Neo-Expressionist and downtown-cool artist than to wear one of his art works – this time in the form of a printed A-line Dress, from the 17 piece capsule collection, by Alice and Olivia’s designer Stacey Bendet. Some pieces are digitally printed with his graffiti-esque paintings, while others took cues from the artist’s famous notebook entries or his eclectic personal style.
The collection will benefit the Council of Fashion Designers of America in an effort to promote young talent. Talk about young talent, Basquiat was just 27 when he died of a heroine overdose.
This Anya Hindmarch clutch is another wink at wearable art.
Wearing clothes covered with some the late artist’s paintings makes sense when you consider that Basquiat’s paint ended up on much more than canvas. He liked to work on whatever was in front of him, from refrigerators to lab coats. He also enjoyed painting while wearing an Armani suit. When he finished his work, he would go out still dressed in the paint-splattered clothing.
This embellished printed ball skirt is one of my favorite pieces. I have someone in mind, who would look fab in it!
A crown appears frequently in the earl work of Jean-Michel Basquiat. To pick up his vibe, I couldn’t resist resting one on my head.
In the collection, Bendet placed Basquiat’s a crown on the sleeve of a moto jacket and another on her simple black clutch as a snap.
This woman in the portrait is certainly on trend, though her outfit seems rather blah compared to Basquiat’s vibrant colors and shapes.