Mondrian Man

Mondrian's signature work

Art and sportswear might seem an unlikely combination, after all, no one ever witnessed Pablo Picasso strutting his stuff in a pair of high-tops (though oddly, we can imagine Jean-Michel Basquiat would have been partial to urban influenced Nikes) but these days trainer collecting is a serious business, more about appreciating their aesthetic and design than wearing them to the gym.

So the artistic element to these Pierre Hardy men’s sneakers is a welcome one, with a visual nod to neo-plasticism master Mondrian (also famous for inspiring one of Yves Saint Laurent’s most iconic dresses).
Borrowing the bold-hued squares and white space from the Dutch painter’s feted Composition 10, these high-tops by the French designer have true collector’s appeal, as well as the fresh colour palette and clean lines set to dominate menswear for S/S 13.

And top of that they’re a great talking point, which other art works would fashion fans like to see transformed into footwear we wonder…


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