alice + olivia taps Basquiat for its second installment with the CFDA Initiative for Young Talent.

alice + olivia taps Basquiat, the late Neo-expressionist artist and frequent Andy Warhol collaborator, for its second installment with the CFDA Initiative for Young Talent. Jean-Michel Basquiat has been selected, through the Basquiat Estate, as the partner for the second capsule collection that will help support the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s efforts to promote young talent. The collection, shown as part of the alice + olivia Resort 2017 season, will land in stores and online in November 2016.

Stacey Bendet, CEO and Creative Director of alice + olivia, says, “Jean-Michel Basquiat is one of my favorite artists. This partnership is exciting for me as it is very reflective of my brand and our continued collaboration with artists. It is also wonderful to be able to raise funds for the CFDA and support their ongoing initiatives within our industry that develop new talent.” 

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As a poet, musician and artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat gained respect and recognition for his talent before his death at the age of 27. Known for his work in Graffiti, Contemporary Art, Neo-Expressionsim and Primitism, he first rose to fame under the pseudonym SAMO. He was the youngest artist to be given a solo show at the widely respected KestnerGesellschaft gallery in Germany. His work is still highly collectable. In fact, Johnny Depp just sold two of his cherished Basquiats for $11.5 Million at Christie’s London in a pre-divorce auction. Basquiat’s impact on current culture and art makes him the perfect inspiration point for this collaboration.

As part of the partnership with the CFDA, alice + olivia works with a new artist each year to create a capsule collection that will be available for purchase at all alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet stores, aliceandolivia.com, and other retail partners with 50% of the proceeds from select items donated to the CFDA.

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The new collection includes accessories and apparel and will feature iconic Basquiat imagery such as the golden crown. “Beat Bop” 1983, “Replicas” 1983, “Ascent” 1983, “In Italian” 1983, “Panel of Experts” 1982 and “Notary” 1983 are some of the artist’s famed works that Bendet cites as inspiration for the capsule collection. This inspiration is captured in dresses, tops, skirts, jackets, handbags, shoes, eyewear and other pieces. Bendet also mixes in alice + olivia feminine whimsy, intricate beadwork and embroidery.

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