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Hong Kong Tatler - - Art -

Art and fash­ion col­lab­o­ra­tions have moved beyond the nov­elty phase

Lux­ury and high street brands, shoe de­sign­ers, bag de­sign­ers—you name it, they’re col­lab­o­rat­ing. There was Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Mu­rakami for Louis Vuit­ton; Rob Pruitt and Jimmy Choo; Cerith Wyn Evans and Bri­tish milliner Stephen Jones; and Damien Hirst with just about every­body. The lat­est is Ster­ling Ruby’s au­tumn/ win­ter 2014 menswear col­lab­o­ra­tion with Christian Dior cre­ative di­rec­tor Raf Si­mons. The col­lec­tion fuses Ruby’s punk rock aes­thetic with the de­signer’s struc­tured min­i­mal­ism. The re­sult is a cap­sule col­lec­tion that’s any­thing but min­i­mal; its patch­work coats and jumpers, paintand bleach-splat­tered suits, and acid-neon denim have a DIY feel rem­i­nis­cent of the grungy ’90s.

“Col­lab­o­ra­tion is so hard among cre­atives; it of­ten ends in dis­as­ter,” says Ruby, a long-time friend of Si­mons, who has col­lected the artist’s work since his early years. “I think we both know each other well enough to have made it work.” He dis­misses crit­i­cism that cross­ing into fash­ion makes him a sell-out. “It is hyp­o­crit­i­cal to say art is a less com­mer­cial do­main than fash­ion. I en­joy the fact that a huge por­tion of peo­ple who can­not have an art­work due to cost or space can have a gar­ment. I also like that this is more akin to how I first un­der­stood visual cul­ture. I wore what I did and still do be­cause it has an aes­thetic that ex­pressed an at­ti­tude.”

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