Designers like Rachel Comey and Hubert Givenchy, models like Michael Bailey Gates and Irina Kravchenko, and photographers like Steven Klein all pursued art before becoming household names in fashion. The debate about whether fashion should be considered fine art may continue to rage on, but one thing's certain: The art world produces some great fashion people.
Yours truly may not be one of the greats, but I did come from an art background, so I often get excited when I see art and fashion mixing in an organic way. I recently came across the perfect example of this in Olivia Wendel, a former Kate Spade and Suno designer who just released an eponymous collection of scarves. Featuring painterly, dreamlike designs reminiscent of her aquatint etchings, the scarves are manufactured ethically in Italy and hand-painted in Brooklyn. Needless to say, I want one. A wool version would be perfect for staying warm in the winter, and then could function as a gorgeous wall hanging in summer. Sounds like the perfect combo of art and fashion to me.
"A Gathering" wool scarf, $325, available at Olivia Wendel
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