Edi Slimane + Keith Richards and other wonderful duets of designers and musicians

About how fashion and music intertwine

Jean-Paul Gaultier and Madonna

Gautier and Madonna have been friends for more than thirty years. According to legend, in the mid-1980s, the designer saw a clip with a singer in a black and gold corset, and was upset that the outfit was not invented by him, but by Frederick’s of Hollywood. Later, Gaultier sent Madonna sketches with images, which he made especially for her — and a year later the singer called. And then there were three hundred costumes for the Blonde Ambition tour, the famous corset with conical cups, work on the Confessions, MDNA, Drowned World tour and dresses at the Met Gala. This year, Gaultier released a joint collection with Supreme — and Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon became her face.

Эди Слиман + Кит Ричардс и другие прекрасные дуэты дизайнеров и музыкантов

Edi Slimane and Keith Richards

Eddie Slimane’s creativity is unthinkable without the rock and roll spirit. While working at Dior Homme, the designer dressed The Kills, The Libertines and Franz Ferdinand. Later, for Saint Laurent advertising campaigns, he shot Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love and Kim Gordon. In Celine, Slimane continues to collaborate with Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones — in an interview, the designer says that he would give anything to be like this musician. Richards, in turn, willingly wears Slimane things — leather jackets, leopard jackets and skinny jeans. And it was with Celine kits that the musician went on The Rolling Stones tour this summer.

Эди Слиман + Кит Ричардс и другие прекрасные дуэты дизайнеров и музыкантов

Alessandro Michele and Harry Styles

It is curious that the main musical ambassador of the Gucci men’s line is not Jared Leto at all, but Harry Styles. A native of One Direction began a solo career and changed the bland dress code of the boy band with jeans and T-shirts for luxurious sequined suits, brocade sets, brooches and ruffles — Alessandro Michele rejected spectacular images for the first solo tour. Then Styles starred in Gucci advertising campaigns surrounded by a pig, lambs and roosters, and at the last Met Gala 2019, dedicated to the camp, he already presided together with Anna Wintour, Lady Gaga and Alessandro Michele.

Эди Слиман + Кит Ричардс и другие прекрасные дуэты дизайнеров и музыкантов

Virgil Abloh and Benji B

Virgil Abloh is a devoted fan of the BBC Radio program hosted by British DJ Benjamin Benstead, better known under the pseudonym Benji B. After being appointed to Louis Vuitton, Abloh invited Bensted to the position of music director of the brand’s men’s line. By the way, this is not the first experience of Benji B’s collaboration with fashion designers: for three years he worked with Phoebe Filo — together they came up with soundtracks for Celine shows. Today Bensted is responsible for the music at Virgil’s show for Louis Vuitton — now every show of the brand necessarily includes a live performance: the last three collections were shown to the music of the symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble and Dev Hines (Blood Orange).

Эди Слиман + Кит Ричардс и другие прекрасные дуэты дизайнеров и музыкантов

Nicolas Ghesquiere and Woodkid

As you understand, Louis Vuitton is very sensitive to the musical accompaniment of the shows. So Nicolas Ghesquiere has been working with Frenchman Yoann Lemoine, known under the pseudonym Woodkid, for the third year. The musician prepares dramatic tracks especially for the shows of women’s collections. The most epic in terms of music turned out to be the show of the autumn-winter 2019 season — under the song «Seen that face before», we, frankly, did not hold back tears. A couple of months ago, on the occasion of Ghesquiere’s birthday, Woodkid released a mini-album «Louis Vuitton Works One»: it included six tracks, including «On then and Now», recorded with actress Jennifer Connelly, and «Standing on the Horizon», on which Lemoine worked with singer Moses Sumney.

Эди Слиман + Кит Ричардс и другие прекрасные дуэты дизайнеров и музыкантов

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