Cynics may say fashion collaborations are all about generating hype, but this season designers are teaming up wth artists known for their consciously anti-commercial productions. Designer Tim Hamilton partnered with Seth Price on a collection inspired by the conceptual artist’s series, which appropriates the repeating security patterns inside business envelopes. It’s probably the first clothing ever to flaunt Paychex, American Express, and Capital One as status logos. Meanwhile, in another joint venture, KAWS’s signature sketched hands made their way onto Jason Wu’s photonegative floral-printed blouses. “I love the idea that it’s a playful commentary on how many hands—literally—go into the making of a garment,” Wu says.
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