What: Damien Hirst x Alexander MccQueen Limited Edition Scarf (available here), BLK DNM jeans, Pollini 60th Anniversary boots (available here), Coach sweater, Alice + Olivia handbag (all c/o) & Monica Vinader ring.
Where: Meetings in London.
The subject of Fashion V Art is one of which I’m particularly and probably boringly fond. Long term LPA readers may remember my rambles about Parisian collective Each x Other which, FYI, later became a university essay. As I’ve learned during the course of said studies, the fashion and art worlds have a history of collaboration that dates back to the Renaissance if not before. In the interests of not actually chasing you all away for good, let’s not delve back quite that far. From the early decades of the 20th century (See! Practically last weekend…) couturiers have harnessed and nurtured the talents of other artists, ranging from Madeleine Vionnet’s active patronage of a young Thayat to Schiaparelli’s collaborations with Picasso and Poiret’s school of the decorative arts which both served to bolster his reputation as un grand créatif and resulted in the legendary decor of his own atelier and marketing outlets. Getting on for a century later, the collusion between the two creative industries is still going strong. And judging by the shows put on by the likes of Chanel, Prada and Celine for SS14 it only looks to be getting stronger this season. I thought this would be the perfect Look Du Jour to talk Fashion V Art because of the pieces involved. Firstly, the scarf. It’s part of the collaboration between Damien Hirst and Alexander McQueen and is the kind of exquisite, painstakingly crafted treasure you’d sooner hang on a gallery wall than around your neck. The entire collection consists of only 30 one off designs, each an adaptation of Hirst’s Entomology series which sees butterflies, bugs, spiders and other insects worked to form kaleidoscopic geometric shapes, laid out to create the signature McQueen skull motif. If that’s not art, I don’t know what is. Then we have the jeans. Brain child of J.Lindberg Founder and Former Diesel CEO, Johan Lindberg, BLK DNM is not your usual denim brand. They don’t do seasonal collections, they don’t sell in department stores. But despite bucking all the sartorial norms, these jeans have become must haves due in part to their cult status but largely because they’re damn good and beautifully, nay, artistically presented. Then on to the boots. Created for Italian heritage leathersmith’s 60th anniversary and signed by the company’s current Creative Director, contemporary footwear extraordinaire, Nicholas Kirkwood these babies are less boots than collectors items.
So what do you think, have I convinced you; can fashion and art sometimes simply be one?
Love Ella. X
Ps) I’m not claiming the jumper is art too, it’s just really bloody cosy and I can’t seem to take it off at the moment!
Images by Holly McGlynn