WEAR YOUR ART ON YOUR SLEEVE

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WATCH OUT, STELLA – there’s an­other Mccart­ney mak­ing claims on our wardrobes. This week, the al­ways-in­no­va­tive Match­es­fash­ion.com un­veils its lat­est project, a cap­sule of six scarves cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with photographer Mary Mccart­ney. A cel­e­bra­tion of the fe­male form, the col­lab in­cludes archival photos and spe­cially com­mis­sioned por­traits, reprinted on to silk.

Matches isn’t alone in its artis­tic as­pi­ra­tions. Pick­ing up on the long-run­ning tra­di­tion of fash­ion houses draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from art (see: Schi­a­par­elli and Dalí, Yves Saint Lau­rent and Mon­drian, Ver­sace and Andy Warhol), a num­ber of brands are un­veil­ing lim­it­ededi­tion pieces that would look as good on your walls as they do in your wardrobes.

These col­labs are as en­er­getic as they are di­verse. Next week, Dior re­leases a new set of Lady Art bags, which sees the iconic Lady Dior bag reimag­ined by a var­ied group of 10 con­tem­po­rary artists, from 80-year-old 

John Giorno to 24-year-old Betty Mar­i­ani. These join the sec­ond edi­tion of Louis Vuit­ton x Jeff Koons Masters bags em­bla­zoned with Monets, Turn­ers and Gau­guins. Then there’s Browns’ Basquiat doodle-adorned col­lec­tion (re­leased to co­in­cide with the Amer­i­can graf­fiti artist’s Bar­bican ex­hi­bi­tion) and Marni’s T-shirts and totes dec­o­rated with draw­ings by Venezue­lan- Cal­i­for­nian artist Mag­dalena Suarez Frimkess. And for your next sea­son wish list there’s Coach’s Keith Har­ling col­lab. The col­lab­o­ra­tive spirit ex­tends be­yond the clothes to a larger scale. Raf Si­mons, a self-con­fessed art ob­ses­sive, teamed up with long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor Ster­ling Ruby to cre­ate his warped vi­sion of Amer­i­cana for Septem­ber’s S/S ’18 show and Shrimps’ Han­nah Wei­land called on emerg­ing artist Faye Wei Wei to cre­ate some whim­si­cal paint­ings for her lat­est pre­sen­ta­tion.

Yes, there are some Mar­mite de­signs in this new-gen of col­labs, but isn’t that the point? Art and fash­ion both ex­cite when they pro­voke. Ei­ther way, there’s no deny­ing these part­ner­ships demon­strate the cre­ative magic that can hap­pen when art and fash­ion col­lide and, if it means we can get our hands on a Basquiat or Gau­guin, we’re good with that.

£4,200 (exclusive to Sel­fridges)*

£385 (match­es­fash­ion.com) JAMILLA OKUBO X DIOR

Top left: Shrimps teamed up with Faye Wei Wei for S/S ’18. Bot­tom left: Ster­ling Ruby’s set de­sign for Calvin Klein’s S/S ’18 show

MATCH­ES­FASH­ION. COM X MARY MCCART­NEY

LOUIS VUIT­TON X JEFF KOONS £2,320 (uk.louisvuit­ton.com) X MAG­DALENA SUAREZ FRIMKESS MARNI £280 (marni.com)

£260 (marni.com)

Right: Coach joined forces with The Keith Har­ling Foun­da­tion for the S/S ’18 col­lec­tion

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