LONDON, United Kingdom — As Art Basel got under way this week in Miami Beach, we explored the ever-growing love affair between high fashion and the contemporary art world. In a two-part series, Hettie Judah examined how this movement has gathered steam over the past decade, when art fairs like Frieze and Art Basel began to attract interest, first from fashion designers and creatives, and then from the broader fashion community, including many of the industry's mega-brands. This has not always been well received by diehards in the art world, but as Hettie points out, "The fashion world doesn’t just come to the fair loaded down with champagne glasses and Fendi Bag Bugs. It also brings cash, clout and a surprising sense of civic responsibility."
And, as we learned in part two, which goes inside one of the most prominent art and fashion tie-ups — last year's collaboration between Yayoi Kusama and Louis Vuitton — the intertwining forces of fashion and art can mean big business too. The Vuitton-Kusama collaboration was a major initiative, encompassing leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes, sunglasses, watches and jewellery in 460 Louis Vuitton stores in 64 countries.
Here are some of our top articles from the week gone by:
Fashion’s Art Fair Love Affair
To coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach, Hettie Judah considers the increasingly intertwined markets for fashion and art.
Inside an Artist Collaboration
BoF goes inside fashion’s most spectacular artist collaboration to date: Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton
A Personal Stylist for Every Shopper
London-based start-up Thread, which has attracted a number of influential investors, advisors and retail partners, is building a scalable personal styling service with an ingenious blend of human stylists and intelligent algorithms.
Op-Ed | Goodbye Atelier
Eugene Rabkin sits down with Karlo Steel, founder of New York boutique Atelier, for over a decade a beacon of avant-garde, largely European fashion, which is set to close at the end of the year due to mounting financial pressures
CEO Talk | Andrew Keith, President, Lane Crawford
In his latest CEO Talk, Imran Amed sits down with Andrew Keith, president of Lane Crawford, to discuss the business and its strategy for expansion in the maturing Greater China market.
The Creative Class | Karim Sadli, Photographer
BoF sits down with photographer Karim Sadli to discuss his personal and professional trajectory, from star literature student growing up in a rough Paris suburb to one of the world's most in-demand fashion photographers.
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