2022: The Yr of Style Mash-Ups, Brand Mania, and Artwork Overlaps - Upsmag - Magazine News

2022: The Yr of Style Mash-Ups, Brand Mania, and Artwork Overlaps

It was a dizzying 12 months on this planet of vogue collaborations. The snake consuming its tail of name on model team-ups dominated the dialog: Fendace. Adidas Gucci. Adidas for Prada. Balenciaga/Adidas. Relax, Adidas! The corporate did pull the plug on its Yeezy partnership—and everyone knows how Yeezy Hole Engineered by Balenciaga fared, regardless of its catchy title. Balmain x Barbie was simply step one. We’ll quickly be firmly ensconced in an epoch of Barbie this, Barbie that cross-promotions for the 2023 movie. Hope you want fuchsia!

Fendace and Harry Types HA HA HA for Gucci. Courtesy of Fendace and Gucci.

Properly, all the things is subjective, however many of those company Voltrons appeared Frankensteined along with logos as an alternative of neck bolts—fortunately, this pattern appears to have crested, or I’m off to Duane Reade by Walgreens for aspirin or a chew at Pizza Hut/ Taco Bell.

Then again, the boundary between present store and museum was additional blurred. Designers from Mugler to Dior to Schiaparelli to Virgil Abloh had high-traffic museum exhibition  hits. Louis Vuitton staged “200 Trunks, 200 Visionaries” in Los Angeles and New York; one left (carrying a sackful of merch) with the sensation of getting been to a well-curated present as an alternative of a model activation —there have been some cool and intelligent trunks! Style dominated at artwork areas—however artwork wasn’t paramount within the 12 months’s vogue collaborations.

If it wasn’t sizzling brand-on-brand motion, it was well-known faces injecting their movie star into capsule collections. Harry Types’s Gucci HA HA HA was a worldwide hit for Allesandro Michele’s swan track. Calvin Klein’s Palace partnership gave us some stable fundamentals and killer messaging with their Alasdair McLellan movie and marketing campaign. You may’t go flawed with Joan Collins and puppets. Per typical, The North Face and Supreme teamed up with everybody to make them extra mountaineer and streetwear, respectively (whomever has the very best price ticket all the time wins that facet of the model meld, although). Supreme’s Burberry pairing was a clean tartan transfer earlier than inventive director Riccardo Tisci’s departure. It’s nonetheless arduous to get well from their notorious Skittles collab of 2021, nonetheless, the nerdiest nadir in Supreme’s drop historical past. Always remember!

It's giving mud: Balenciaga's Santiago Sierra dystopian runway. Courtesy of Balenciaga.

It’s giving mud and metaphor: Balenciaga’s dystopian runway by artist Santiago Sierra. Courtesy of Balenciaga.

The stage was actually set in 2022 for for artwork’s revenge in 2023, with artists designing the runways of heavy-hitters like Celine, Dior, Hermès, and Balenciaga. However artists’ enter on the collections themselves wasn’t as widespread as years’ prior.

However don’t inform that to Daniel Arsham, who was certain a busy bee, pumping out all the things from jewellery to resorts to rest room sinks to a smartphone, plus his personal model of attire. Arsham has really made an artwork out of the model collaboration. (I’d recommend he team-up up with Adidas, however he’s totes already achieved it.)

Here’s a smattering of some artwork/vogue moments of 2022 we didn’t cowl however are nonetheless resonating. On to 2023! Models rock Duncan Grant-inspired knitwear in Dior Men's Summer 2023 show. Courtesy of Dior.

Fashions rock Duncan Grant-inspired knitwear in Dior Males’s summer time 2023 present. Courtesy of Dior.


For the summer time 2023 assortment, inventive director Kim Jones took inspiration from the Bloomsbury Group multi-hyphenate Duncan Grant. Primarily a painter, Grant was additionally a textile designer, potter, and scenographer, in addition to a clandestine illustrator of gay erotica and a passionate gardener.

Jones recreated Grant’s nation property, Charleston, and its gardens for the runway and delivered a bucolic romp by way of Grant’s oeuvre and predilections in all their sumptuousness and contradictions. It was a refreshing and intelligent swerve from streetwear go-to’s like prior collaborators KAWS and Raymond Pettibon. However together with his tackle Grant, Jones wasn’t faking the funk however trying inward and following his muse: He’s been a a hardcore Bloomsbury aficionado since he was 14.   duncan grant 5

Duncan Grant, element from an untitled drawing (c. 1946–59). Picture courtesy of the Charleston Belief, © The Property of Duncan Grant, licensed by DACS 2020.

Supreme x Stone Island

If Leonardo da Vinci discovered in regards to the seventh capsule assortment between the Italian luxurious model and skate behemoth, he’d roll in his grave and say, “Lastly!” The Mona Lisa smiles as a result of she’s on a water-proof tech anorak.

Stone Island x Supreme. Courtesy of Stone Island.

Stone Island x Supreme. Courtesy of Stone Island.

Cass x Prada

Persons are quickly going to start out referring to Damien Hirst as “Cass Hirst’s dad” as a result of his son’s shoe designs are so dope. The junior Hirst (who goes by the mononym Cass) has produced 4 types of Prada’s iconic America’s Cup sneaker in 22 variables.

Kicks have all the time been Cass’s canvas; he began adorning Nike Air Drive Ones at age 14. His spray-painted first iterations have been snapped up by the likes of A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, Offset, Rihanna, AJ Tracey, and the late Virgil Abloh.

Cass x Prada America's Cup "Rel3ase" sneakers. Courtesy of Prada.

Cass x Prada America’s Cup “Rel3ase” sneakers (about $1,890). Courtesy of Prada.

Sky Excessive Farm Workwear and Comme des Garçons SHIRT

Possibly that is projection (or simply studying an excessive amount of into the brand of a strawberry nuzzling with the moon), however a way of tranquility oozes from multimedia artist Dan Colen‘s Sky Excessive Farm. The precise working farm and its new clothes offshoot are swiftly turning into a cultural juggernaut. And it reeks of fine vibes, due to 100% of earnings from this Comme des Garcons SHIRT collaboration going to profit the nonprofit’s mission to “make nutritious meals grown with regenerative farming strategies accessible to communities in want.”

Do-goodery by no means regarded so good. The collection of button-ups and Ts are a unusual, sustainable melding of each manufacturers. They don’t skimp on tie-dye, which surprisingly doesn’t come off as retro, however all of the extra fashionable. Somebody’s bought to be optimistic today. You may by no means have thought it will be Rei Kawakubo and Dan Colen spreading the cheer—however it’s fab.

Courtesy of Sky High Farms Work Wear.

You may’t actually be refined to struggle the great struggle, now are you able to? Courtesy of Sky Excessive Farms Work Put on.


Celine is such part of the menswear vernacular, it’s bizarre to suppose that Celine Homme has solely existed since 2019. Inventive director Hedi Slimane is impressed, besotted, and obsessed by artwork: It elements into each assortment, and he ropes in massive names and unknowns he sources from Instagram to contribute to broad and small strokes to clothes and runway and soundtrack design. For every outing, he tends to assemble a motley however transitory crew. For his “Dysfunctional Bauhaus” summer time ’23 present, he labored with the property of Swiss artist David Weiss, of the duo Fischli/Weiss, together with Peter Fischli to splash ocean-wave drawings and watercolors throughout equipment like skateboards and totes.

Hedi Slimane was inspired by David Weiss's art for some of his summer accessories. Courtesy of Celine

The refreshing splash of Hedi Slimane’s David Weiss-inspired equipment. Courtesy of Celine.

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