Art was a driving influence behind many Fall 2017 collections. Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Cédric Charlier, Proenza Schouler and Rahul Misra are among many brands speaking on artistic inspirations originating back to the early 1990s.
Saint Laurent x Vincent van Gogh: Designer Anthony Vaccarello paid homage to art fanatic and founder Yves Saint Laurent through a Vincent van Gogh-inspired little black dress in his Fall 2017 collection. The singular blooming iris references van Gogh's 1889 painting Irises done in the last year before his death.
Stella McCartney x George Stubbs: Animal advocate and long-time equestrian rider, designer McCartney recreated George Stubbs’s 1770 painting, A Horse Frightened by a Lion, setting a spooked white horse and a lurking lion among a dark rocky landscape.
Cédric Charlier x Kazimir Malevich: Russian artist Kazimir Malevich was the inspiration behind designer Cédric Charlier's use of chromatic panels. His 1930's Les Sportifs painting depicts multiple abstract color-blocked figures standing side-by-side.
Proenza Schouler x Jackson Pollock: Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez payed tribute to artist Paul Jackson Pollock's signature drip dry paintings through abstract splatter-painted tees.
Rahul Misra x Paul Signac: Rahul Misra's Infinity collection came through inspiration from other artists. On recreating artist Paul Signac’s 1909 painting, The Pine Tree at St. Tropez, Misra compared his role as a designer to that of a painter; “Instead of color and brush, it was thread and needle. The human hand, what it can achieve, stretches to infinity”.