Pieces from the extensive art collection of Frances Lasker Brody, a founder of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, combined in an arresting visual harmony for Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason's Spring 2013 collection. Picasso's cubism was splashed around as a decoration, and the leaves from a Matisse mural that Brody commissioned for her home in Los Angeles turned into a print. A few dresses made from diagonal panels of differently colored fabrics called Ellsworth Kelly's lithographs to mind. The clothes themselves were youthful in color and cut: nothing fell below the knee, and bright pinks and greens abounded. But a collection inspired by some of the world's great artists (and sourced from the same fabric mills where Christian Dior orders its couture fabrics) can get away with a little childish frivolity.
Ostwald Helgason Spring 2013
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