Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAAR STYLE -

Ro­main de Tirtoff, the artist known as Erté, il­lus­trated more than 200 Harper’s Bazaar cov­ers. Lit­tle did he know that one draw­ing, Dreams and Re­al­i­ties, for the Fe­bru­ary 1923 is­sue, would in­spire Gucci’s cre­ative di­rec­tor Frida Gian­nini, nearly a century later. Gian­nini says she grav­i­tated to­wards Erté’s “dis­tinc­tive con­trast be­tween sleek black and vivid colours, and the curv­ing, rhyth­mic lines he brought to life with such el­e­gance.” His swoop­ing Art Deco shapes are evoked in Gucci’s Spring 2014 collection as shim­mer­ing silk jacquards cut into ki­mono jack­ets and gos­samer dresses. “A dream is like this young woman, be­decked in feath­ers, as elu­sive and mys­te­ri­ous as an ex­otic bird,” Erté wrote in the in­tro­duc­tion to the is­sue. Gian­nini adds, “I like the idea of an eclec­tic woman who can wear an in­tri­cately-crafted piece with to­tal non­cha­lance.” Emily Cronin

Erté’s the cover il­lus­tra­tion of the Fe­bru­ary 1923 is­sue of Frida Gian­nini’s mood­board for Spring 2014

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