The late American artist Keith Haring is the kind of artist whose artworks are not solely contained in the art world. In fact, his graffiti works have been repurposed by countless fashion brands, adding the vibrant colours and unbridled energy that they portray, onto everything from ready-to-wear to accessories.
Haring's work sell themselves. The iconic 'Barking Dog' and humanoid figures thickly outlined in black, are instantly recognisable motifs. This sense of familiarity—coupled with the impressive number of collaborations that have spawned—makes a collection bearing a Keith Haring artwork, covetable. Plus, who can resist art that one doesn't have to mull its meaning over? Haring's art is straightforward, eye-catching and bold; the key traits that make a Keith Haring-collaboration a commercial success.
Adding on to the roster of Keith Haring collaborations is Lacoste. Although it does seem as though the latter has almost little to no connection to the street art stylings, the French brand embodies what Haring's art represents—a zest for life, energy and spontaneity. The Keith Haring x Lacoste collection gives due diligence to the art. Lacoste ensured that each ready-to-wear piece acts as the canvas to the bold lines and energetic figures, by keeping to simple silhouettes.
The art truly stands out in each Keith Haring x Lacoste piece. Whether it's kept monochromatic like the outline of the 'Barking Dog' on a crew-neck tee, or the full-on multicoloured treatment on a classic pique polo shirt (a clear standout and highlight of the collaboration), there's nothing to distract from the design. And with such strong graphics to work with, there's no need for fancy design details. The Keith Haring x Lacoste collection is a collaboration that pays homage to the artist in as respectful a manner as possible.
The Keith Haring x Lacoste collection is available now at the Lacoste Raffles City, Wisma Atria, Paragon, 313 @ Somerset, Vivocity and Marina Square stores. Scroll through the gallery above to see the collection and prices.