December 14, 2013

As Resort 2014's show season wraps up, a number of collections have emerged with distinct ties to the art world – from mega-brands to smaller indie labels.

Calvin Klein’s womenswear creative director,Francisco Costa, sought inspiration — albeit obtuse — from the pop-bright minimalist Ellsworth Kelly. Costa reportedly became smitten with the colors he observed during a visit to Kelly’s studio, which explains the atypically bold hues he used on otherwise minimally dyed garments.

Scott Sternberg, the California whiz kid behind Band of Outsiders, tapped Israeli artist Guy Yenai, himself inspired by David Hockney's "A Bigger Splash," for a series of geo-abstract prints depicting a blockier sort of Beverly Hills midcentury idyll across BOO’s sporty tops and dresses.

Reed Krakoff looked to Robert Motherwell’s “Open” series – namely drawing from the washed-out palette of sage blue and sunbaked tan, and its repeated cubic motifs (for example, the designer laser-etched squares across leather tops, in the aforementioned cyan). Krakoff, a big-time collector, oft seeks to blend fashion and visual art in his designs.

Over at SportmaxMaxMara’s younger and, yes, more athletic line, the silhouettes sprang from Ron Jude’s “Executive Model” series. In the photographs, Jude lensed larger-than-life Wall Street types in suits, vaguely in line with Robert Longo’s exploration of the finance world.

And lastly, James Turrell informed young Manhattan designer Misha Nonoo’s saturated, ombré moments in her cheery lineup, recalling the gradients often seen in the light artist’s immersive work.