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Celine SS20 Mens: David Kramer, Carlos Valencia, Darby Milbrath and other artists featured in Hedi Slimane's runway show

Celine SS20 Mens: David Kramer, Carlos Valencia, Darby Milbrath and other artists featured in Hedi Slimane's runway show

Art on the sleeve

Text: Ethan Lee

Editor: Aravin Sandran


David Kramer

About: David Kramer's art is witty, and at sometimes, his one-liners are thought-provoking. Inspired by advertisements from when he was growing up, his signature phrases are often layered over technicolour paintings and drawings to exude a stylised retro-futuristic feel.

On the runway: Kramer's artwork can be seen on Celine's hardback invitations that were sent to guests. The runway show featured two of his one-liners: "I have nostalgia for the things that I have never known" and "My own worst enemy" on the side of woven rattan bags. A tee with the same phrase: "My own worst enemy" was also shown on the runway.

Buy: "Double Fantasy" (2019) on Artsy for $12,000

Carlos Valencia

About: The self-taught Californian native's art is made up of mostly monochromatic images. Since graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 2003, he has exhibited in small contemporary galleries and participated in New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 in 2010.

On the runway: Titled 'UH HUH', his black-and-print of a punkish dog with sunflowers over his eyes that he created in 2018 was printed onto a woven rattan tote bag.

Buy: Check out more of his artworks and contact him directly for more information.

Darby Milbrath

About: Darby Milbrath developed her visions of mysticism and inspiration when she was growing up along the West Coast of the Gulf Islands. Being a mystic, she believes that her expressionist paintings are mostly expressions of experiences in collaboration with spirits in and out of the realms around her.

On the runway: Milbrath's modern take on the evergreen varsity jacket turned heads during the runway show. Milbrath's intricate hand-embroidered Angel's Trumpet flowers caught the runway's spotlights like a disco ball, which was pretty fitting for the collection's retro glitz and glamour.

Buy: Marigolds (2018) on Artsy for $2,300

Zach Bruder

About: Often humorous and allegorical, the American artist's paintings reference folklore and feature familiar animals, and architecture. In 2016, he was named one of Ivanka Trump's seven artists to watch.

On the runway: Along with the rest of the team, Zach helped out with the collection and runway show. The extent of his influence and art on the collection is not yet known.

Buy: Mise en Place (2018) on Artsy

André Butzer

About: The German artist describes his artistic style as "sci-fi Expressionism". His works are full of eye-catching colours, and animated energy with an undercurrent of political angst. Butzer has also reinterpreted famous cartoon characters in dark and trippy versions: Blue Smurf (2009) and Entombment of Winnie The Pooh (2010).

On the runway: The German artist was part of the artistic team behind the collection. The extent of his influence and art on the collection is not yet known.

Buy: Browse his artworks on Artsy.

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