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06 October 2017

On our fashion calendar: Frieze London

It’s here, and in homage to the famed art fair, we’re taking a look at this season’s most wearable artistic pieces. Definitely worth making a bid for...

 

WORDS BY ALEXANDRA RHODES

 

Frieze London is here, the art world’s version of Fashion Week. If you’re planning on joining the most buzzworthy artists and dealers of the moment in Regent’s Park this weekend, you might want to get yourself in the creative mood. Luckily, this season’s collections have more than their fair share of artistic references, be it Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli doing a painterly collaboration with the Memphis group or Stella McCartney and her George Stubbs prints...

Stella McCartney and George Stubbs

A keen equestrian herself, McCartney prints George Stubbs’s 1770 painting, A Horse Frightened by a Lion directly onto a series of key pieces in her AW17 collection, reflecting the designer’s wider preoccupation with British heritage.

Get the look: Stella McCartney Gilet

Prada and Robert E. McGinnis

Who’d have thought a 91-year-old illustrator was behind Prada’s latest collection? This season Miuccia’s prints – featuring femme fatales and pinups – come via illustrator Robert E. McGinnis, whose work graced a series of pulp fiction book covers and film posters (including Breakfast At Tiffany’s) back in the Sixties.

Get the look: Prada Shift Dress

Proenza Schouler and Jackson Pollock

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez haven’t explicitly referenced the work of Jackson Pollock for their AW17 collection, but it definitely looks as if the abstract expressionist’s infamous paint brush had been let loose on their paint-splattered tops and scribble-print separates.

Get the lookProenza Schouler T-shirt

Valentino and the Memphis group

Artists Nathalie du Pasquier and George Sowden are the collaborators responsible for Valentino’s surreal candy-coloured prints this season (alongside the label’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli of course). The pair are also the founding members of Memphis, a subversive Milanese art group which steered a postmodern art and architectural movement in the late 20th century.

Get the look: Valentino Gown

Browns and Jean-Michel Basquiat

If you’ve not had a chance to visit the UK’s first major exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s works (at London’s Barbican), don’t worry - you can still, quite literally, get the T-shirt. The ever on-point Browns Fashion boutique has an exclusive capsule of hoodies, T-shirts and sneakers online and in store, all of which feature images and quotes from the seminal American artist’s work.

Get the look: Jean-Michel Basquiat X Browns T-shirt