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The Art of Wearing Art

by Natasha Chalenko

High-profile artistic collaborations seem to be the new gold rush in the fashion stratosphere, distinguished by the vibrant and clever fusion of a brand’s DNA with an artist’s vision. Just as collecting art is not for the faint of heart, the best approach to acquiring these limited-edition luxury pieces is “go big or go home.” If you’re not sure where to start, take the guesswork out and snap up that handbag that reflects your individual style—that way, you’ll add organic conversation-starters to your wardrobe.

Calvin Klein × Andy Warhol
Echoing the brand’s streamlined aesthetic, a selection of famous Warhol artworks from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is integrated into this season’s 205W39NYC collection as placement screenprints. (Knives Print Clutch, $2,300. www.calvinklein.com)

Louis Vuitton × Jeff Koons
“Masters” is Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with Koons. The celebrated Neo-Pop artist has re-created and transposed masterpieces by Boucher, Turner, Manet, Gauguin and Monet onto the exclusive bags and accessories from the House’s collection. (Louis Vuitton Montaigne MM Bag, $4,000. Louis Vuitton San Francisco, 233 Geary Street, 415-391-6200.)

Prada × Female Graphic Artists Collective (above)
Prada’s impactful collection showcases dynamic comic-book graphics of eight contemporary female artists alongside the archives of Tarpé Mills, creator of the first female action hero. (Prada Printed Cotton Shirt, $920. www.prada.com.)

Gucci × Ignasi Monreal
In perfect synergy with Gucci’s eclectic narrative, surrealist Monreal mixed imagery from classic artworks with the characters dressed in the House’s colorful designs for this #GucciHallucination capsule collection. (Print Sweatshirt, Online Exclusive, $1,400. Gucci San Francisco, 240 Stockton Street, 415-392-2808.)

Coach × Keith Haring
Haring’s legendary illustrations are at the heart of this season’s Coach collection. A tomboyish femininity mixed with Western flair serves as a natural canvas for the beloved artist’s bold graphics. (Western Moto Bootie, $550. Coach San Francisco, 190 Post Street, 415-392-1772.)

 

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