Always one for the melding of fashion and the arts, Louis Vuitton has once again, following their collaboration with Japanese pop artist Yayoi Kusama earlier this year for the Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama concept store, brought their interpretative touch to the works of three contemporary artists.
This time, it's the fashion house's Spring Summer 2013 scarves collection that gets the special treatment, sporting the artists' emblematic artwork and street-art influences. There's absolutely nothing subdued or demure about these accessories, and if that isn't just the thing for a bangin' start to the new year?
On her manga-inspired giant silk square, Japan-born artist Aiko has left her signature flair for fusing the contemporary with the traditional, integrating Japanese icons like the chrysanthemum flower and double chains (symbolic of good fortune) with pop art elements, while Californian graffiti writer Retna (who's worked with the likes of R&B artist Usher) has taken a much more abstract approach on a stole-- his interpretation of the Louis Vuitton singature and motif appears as a mixture of ancient Incan and Egyptian hieroglyphics, Arabic, Hebrew and Asian calligraphy and graffiti, a rebellious, but surely fitting tribute to graffiti culture.
But if a lasting impression is what you really want to leave, graffiti artist duo (and twin brothers) Os Gemeos' mosaic silk square, repetitively and dizzyingly patterned with brightly-coloured Sun and Moon motifs, is guaranteed to leave anyone who stares too closely at it a little cross-eyed. We'll get that if only for that reason alone.
The Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2013 Scarves collection will be available in January - February 2013, and is priced from S$580 (for the Mosaic Square) to S$1,120 (for the Script Stole).