The best fashion-art collaborations this season
Boasting chalk outline silhouettes, wildly colourful designs and graffiti-like styles, Keith Haring’s works are beloved all over the world. Paying tribute to the late American artist and the city he was based in – New York – Coach is putting Haring’s iconic illustrations at the heart of its new spring collection. Using the brand’s signature leathers as a canvas and interweaving Haring’s graphic prints with sequins, the series also features a range of satin bomber jackets, embellished skirts and Hawaiian print shirts that are a perfect mix of the nostalgic and the contemporary. Starts from $1,500.
Old master artworks are so hot right now you can even wear them on your DM boots. Teaming up with London’s Tate Britain art museum, Dr Martens has launched a collection of footwear, apparel and bags featuring two iconic artworks of renowned watercolourist JMW Turner – one of the greatest landscape painters of all time. The signature eight-eye boots use a crackled and textured ‘cristal suede’ to give the effect of a real painted canvas. Grab a pair and show off your inner rebel, much like Turner himself, who shunned social conformity and lived by his own rules. Starts from $1,299.
Self-taught British artist Unskilled Worker – real name Helen Downie – has gained a massive following on Instagram with the help of her colourful and quirky portraits of bug-eyed characters. Partnering with Gucci, the illustrator’s expressive artworks and floral designs are featured across an online-exclusive capsule collection of cardigans, bomber jackets, dresses, shoes, bags, silks and accessories. Pairing Downie’s playful spirit with Gucci’s contemporary style, express your inner kookiness with these fun designs. Starts from $5,398. Available online at gucci.com.
Thanks to this collab between Louis Vuitton and artist Jeff Koons, you can transform yourself into a walking Louvre and carry around an art piece everywhere you go. The collection takes the works of Koons’ Gazing Ball series and recreates the works of old masters including Monet’s Water Lilies, Gauguin’s Delightful Land and Boucher’s Reclining Girl, faithfully transposing them on to Louis Vuitton signature bags and accessories. Skip the gallery, admire priceless art all day long and be the centre of attention. Starts from $14,600.
Bringing local illustrator Pei Chung’s whimsical and dream-like creations to life, Italian leather brand Tuscan’s has released a range of tote bags, wallets and pouches that feature Chung’s ethereal aesthetic, signature floral motifs and majestic forest animals. Combined with Tuscan’s soft and delicate style, the limited edition series is like a fairy tale leaping straight from the pages. The collection comes in classic black, red and pastel pink, so take your pick. Starts from $359.
Shop ‘till you drop
Hong Kong has long been famous as a shopping destination. We’ve got both great malls and fantastic street markets that are well worth shoppers’ time. And a fantastic range of small, independent shops that are perennially interesting to browse and which fly under the radar.