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The Coolest Artists And Movements Influencing Fashion Now

Who are the artists and movements influencing the runways Spring/Summer 2018? Here, a guided tour.

coolest artistsDutch Masters, Renaissance Art, Manga & Pixel Art At Comme Des Garcons

Rei Kawakubo turned the cold Brutalist halls of the Russian embassy in Paris into a spectacle of colours, proportions and prints that ran the gamut from Renaissance art to Japanese manga. She looked to the works of 10 artists as prints for her 15-piece collection, dubbed “multi-dimensional graffiti”. The surrealist paintings of 16th century painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, whose portraits were made up of fruits and vegetables, popped up on a crinolined gown. They were also mashed up with the vivid blooms by 17th century Dutch master Abraham Mignon for a sculptural dress and ruffled skirt. Other artwork spotted: The doll-eyed manga characters of 84-year-old artist Macoto Takahashi, and pixel art by the popular German- and Canadian-based outfit eBoy.

coolest artistsKeith Haring’s Pop Art At Coach 1941

One is a recharged New York fashion brand that celebrates Americana in a big way each season. The other, the renegade artist who transformed the New York streetscape with his graffiti-like squiggles in the ’80s. So when Coach 1941 collaborated with the Keith Haring Foundation, it turned out into a collection apropos to the retro, groovy cool downtown vibe. Besides the leather jackets, slip dresses and tulle T-shirts festooned with burnt crystals, Haring’s drawings of the dancing man and hearts appeared on T-shirts, jumpers, boots and bags.