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DRAWING INSPIRATION FROM THE WORKS OF ARTIST JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT, ADRIEN SAUVAGE’S AUTUMN / WINTER 2013 COLLECTION FOR HOUSE A. SAUVAGE EXPLORES THE DESIGNER’S CONCEPT OF CAPTAINS AND NATIVES. COMBINING ELEMENTS OF PRIMITIVISM WITH THE TRAPPINGS OF LUXURY, THIS IS AN ASPIRATIONAL COLLECTION THAT REFERS TO 1970S GRAFFITI ART, NEO-EXPRESSIONISM AND POP ART. THE PIECES TAKE THEIR INSPIRATION FROM BASQUIAT’S OWN ‘HEROIC FIGURES’ - ATHLETES, PROPHETS, WARRIORS, MUSICIANS, KINGS, AND THE ARTIST HIMSELF - AS WELL AS HIS PERSONAL DEMONS.

REVISITING THE SUIT, SAUVAGE CONTINUES TO BLUR THE LINE BETWEEN DAY AND EVENINGWEAR. CASUAL TAILORING PIECES FEATURE PANELS, RAGLAN SLEEVES AND COMPLEX INTERNAL DETAIL. MEANWHILE EVENIN- GWEAR HAS BEEN PLAYFULLY SUBVERTED, REPLACING TRADITIONAL FASTENINGS WITH HOOK-AND-EYE CLOSURES AND REMOVING EXTERNAL POCKETS. PRINTED OUTERWEAR, DECONSTRUCTED JACKETS AND A WIDE- LEG TROUSER ARE SIGNATURE PIECES IN A COLOUR PALLET RANGING FROM WHITE AND LIGHT GREY THROUGH TO ORANGE, BROWN AND BLACK. ALONGSIDE THIS REWORKED TAILORING, SAUVAGE PRESENTS AN INNOVATIVE SELECTION OF JERSEY, LEATHER GARMENTS AND ACCESSORIES INCLUDING WIDE-RIMMED HOMBURG HATS DESIGNED IN COLLABORATION WITH CHRISTY’S.

OVERLAYING PRINT AND TEXTURE, THE COLLECTION SHOWCASES A VARIETY OF CLOTHS INCLUDING THE HIGHLY TEXTURED CASENTINO WOOL, WATER-SHRUNK NUBUCK LEATHER, SHEARLING AND BIAS CUT SILK TWILL PANELS, AS WELL AS CLEAN NEOPRENE, SPORTS JERSEY AND CASHMERE WOOL. DRAWING ON HIS GHANAIAN BACK- GROUND, SAUVAGE HAS INTERPRETED MANY OF THESE HERITAGE FABRICS IN A DISTINCTLY AFRICAN VOCABU- LARY. REPEATED LINES ARE ECHOED THROUGHOUT THE COLLECTION FROM CONSTRUCTION TO PRINT, REFER- ENCING THE LOOSE, RAW AND SPONTANEOUS STYLE OF BASQUIAT’S ARTWORK.