Fashion and art have always been good friends, but lately, they’re getting super-intimate. The most recent collaborations between artists and fashion designers are blurring the lines between what’s wearable and gallery-worthy. Instead of trying to figure it out, just embrace the movement: Hang your bags on your wall and wear your art on your arm.
So which pieces make for the best investment? It’s a safe bet to say the masterpiece-inspired union between Louis Vuitton and Jeff Koons will become quick collectibles. But there are plenty of other options out there if you want a fast fix without putting a serious dent in your bank account. From T-shirts to phone cases, you can get in on the high-art movement for a low price. Covetable art is in the eye of the beholder, after all, so spring for what speaks to you, not what comes with the highest price tag.
1. Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons: Of course you’ll recognize such famed works of art as Leonardo DaVinci’s Mona Lisa, Titian’s Mars, Venus and Cupid, and Vincent Van Gogh’s Wheatfield with Crows, but you’ve never seen them like this until now. Bold off their recent Supreme collaboration, Louis Vuitton has linked up with one of the most daring artists of our time for a blatantly art-inspired collection that will set you back between $585 and $4,000.
2. Marc Jacobs x Julie Verhoeven: The second collaboration between these two visionaries was inspired by Jacobs’ Spring 2002 collection for (hi, again) Louis Vuitton. To quote Verhoeven, the British artist who’s created art for Kate Moss, they went for a “skewered take on psychedelia.” Multidimensional, surreal, and even a little silly, these tees and totes prove fine art doesn’t have to take itself too seriously.
Marc Jacobs x Julie Verhoeven iPhone 7 Case (on Shopbop for $55)
Marc Jacobs x Julie Verhoeven Camo-Print Appliqué Tote Bag (at Bergdorf Goodman for $1,200)
Marc Jacobs x Julie Verhoeven Frog Classic Crewneck Tee (at Bergdorf Goodman for $145)
3. Akris Plissé Dress: Is subtlety more your speed? Keep your “art collection” confined to a single piece: this easy-to-wear dress inspired by the artwork of Carmen Herrera. Graphic blocks of color pop against perfectly draped crêpe plisse fabric. At Akris for $3,990.
4. Gucci GucciGhost: Don’t be confused by the doubling up of the Gucci name. One is the brand you know and cherish; the other is the nickname for Trevor Andrew, the Brooklyn-based graffiti artist with a special affinity for the luxury label. Alessandro Michele picked up on Andrews’ street-ready interpretation of Gucci’s logo and reached out to him. The result: Unexpected essentials as colorfully paint-splattered as they are true to the house’s sense of whimsy.
Gucci Reversible GucciGhost Cardigan (on Farfetch for $2,980)
Gucci GucciGhost Princetown Slippers (on Farfetch for $750)
Gucci GucciGhost Messenger Bag (on FarFetch for $1,850)
5. Alison Lou + Hasbro: No unlikely team-up is more playful than the one between fine jewelry designer Alison Lou and quintessential toy manufacturer Hasbro. Did you ever think you’d desire a stack of rings in the likeness of Mr. Potato Head? I didn’t think so. But that’s the magic of a good collaboration.
Alison Lou + Hasbro 14-karat gold, Diamond and Enamel Rings (on NET-A-PORTER for $2,730)
Alison Lou + Hasbro Hat 14-Karat Gold Earring (on NET-A-PORTER for $415)