The passionate love affair between fashion and art continues, and the latest collaboration between high-end designers and fine artists is from Stella McCartney and British painter Gary Hume. Unlike the major statement made by Prada’s latest foray into the art world, this collection veers slightly more towards the understated side. The theme: line-drawn ladies sketched into linear abstractions for a selection of quilted sweatshirts, an oversized t-shirt, a cozy overcoat, and a pair of perforated brogues (at Stella McCartney for $1,180).
While you might have to be a true gallery girl or connoisseur to have the desire to invest in pieces like this, there’s no denying the art-as-fashion (and vice versa) trend is stronger than ever. For those who don’t want to fully commit by wearing their favorite artist on their sleeves, elect something classic, like Burberry Prorsum’s hand-painted nubuck tote. Inspired by the gardens at Charleston House (the Bloomsbury group’s East Sussex retreat), it showcases an abstract floral pattern, for an artistic touch that’s conversation-worthy, not wholly avant-garde. Stella McCartney Squiggle Face sweatshirt ($850), Squiggle Face top ($1,125), and Frederica Squiggle Face coat ($4,330) at Saks Fifth Avenue, and Burberry Prorsum painted nubuck tote ($3,995) on NET-A-PORTER.