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Fashion and design, the 6 iconic pieces from 2017 we will never forget

Fashion pieces that will make history – get them while you can (perhaps during sales)


Design, arte contemporanea e moda concettuale: su questo terreno ibrido sono nate le icone fashion 2017

Why draw a line between design and fashion or between fashion and contemporary art? Nowadays, cultural contaminations are everywhere and even these three sectors recently got mixed up and influenced each other. It’s no surprise that famous designers are increasingly collaborating with fashion brands on capsule collections or concept and pop-up stores that look more like art galleries. This combination of arts and trends often gives birth to iconic pieces that will remain in the history of fashion. Here, we selected the 6 most iconic pieces of 2017, the outcome of synergies between fashion and design.

SPRZ NY Eames Collection

Surprise New York and Eames Collection is a project by Uniqlo. It’s not the first one as the Japanese brand with stores all over the world (and online) already partnered with the MoMa designing t-shirts with famous masterpieces by artists such as Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. However, the 2017 collection is different from others as it is the result of a partnership with one of the most prominent couples in modern design: Charles and Ray Eames. Iconic chairs and graphic patterns designed between 1945 and 1959 have been printed on t-shirts that even managed to amazed New York. 

© Eames Office, LLC

The Masters Collection by Luis Vuitton and Jeff Koons

JK like LV? The renown French brand temporarily abandoned its iconic monogram for the great masters of classic art, or better, for their reinterpretation by one of the most controversial artists, Jeff Koons. After revisiting some ancient paintings with his glazing balls, the American artist brought them onto the famous bag canvas. Art, design and fashion are here harmoniously combined and matched with high-quality craftsmanship and technological innovation for a surprising outcome, similar to oil on canvas. 

Crocs Balenciaga

A funky combination of two iconic yet extremely different brands. Who would have thought that the super-comfy Crocs sandals and the elegant, refined, Parisian maison would have gotten along so well? The Crocs Balenciaga Collection proved exactly that with their bright, colourful, high sandals. The final touch is the addition of decorations and gadgets: a mixture of famous logos and travel memories. 

Gazelle Adidas in Alcantara®

Do you remember the Gazelle, the popular sneaker from the ‘60s, now worshipped in London’s britpops thanks to Doug Abraham’s ad? Well, now imagine it in a total off-white version thanks to the partnership between Japanese firm United Arrows & Sons and Italian firm Slam Jam. The shoe is now internally covered with Japanese cotton Ikeuchi Organic and externally in Alcantara, featuring a ribbed tongue taken from the Samba model. The shoe line is now part of the Sneaker Exchange 2017 initiative and on sale in the selected Adidas Consortium stores, where you can find rare models and limited editions. 

Balenciaga, the rubber skirt that looks like a car carpet

A clever interpretative ambiguity or the ultimate satirical provocation? While the world of fashion debates on these two options, the Balenciaga rubber skirt that looks like a car carpet is becoming one of Demna Gvasalia’s most iconic pieces. The skirt is on sale for £1,700 and it belongs to the counterattack collection by the Georgian designer aimed at renewing the brand and repositioning it higher in the market. 

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The Ten collection by Nike and Virgil Abloh

Our selection of the most iconic pieces from 2017 could not miss this collection by Nike and Virgil Abloh. Architect, designer, DJ and founder of the brand OFF-WHITE, Abloh always admitted having a thing for the legendary Air Jordan since he was young. Years later, this admiration turned into a business partnership that gave life to The Ten: a collection of ten Nike classics revisited by Virgil Abloh.

© 2017 Nike, Inc. All Rights Reserved


by Paola Testoni / 9 January 2018


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