ARTICLE CHRISTOPHER BARNARD
PHOTOGRAPHY BRENDAN JAMES
Who would have thought a criminal form of street art would become synonymous with the undisputed champ of global luxury. But since 2001, when Marc Jacobs commissioned Stephen Sprouse to design a graffiti bag for Louis Vuitton, the prints have appeared on sell-out accessories season after season. For Spring, three internationally renowned graffiti artists selected by Jeffrey Deitch have designed eye-catching scarves in their own unique tags. AIKO (left), from New York via Japan, who is known for her manga-style pop graphics, used traditional kimono patterns, marine motifs, and a double chain that represents wealth and well-being. From Brazil, twin brothers known jointly as Os Gomeos (middle), incorporate the LV monogram flower into their own sun and moon illustrations. And finally, from Los Angeles, Retna (right), recalls the scripts of the ancients in a more dreamy, whimsical pattern. The three together are strikingly individual and provide an exciting note of color to the wave of minimalism happening on the Spring runways.