It was the 1980’s when New York’s East Village being the cultural melting pot became a canvas for a number of artists. But the one artist who singularly has left his impressions is Keith Haring. Celebrated for his distinct pop-graffiti aesthetic featuring a variety of imagery centered within a bold outline, Haring’s art became a medium of social reflection. On sifting through his work one realises his bravado that embraces themes such as drug abuse, nuclear holocaust and exploitation, that were often treated as taboo.
Enamoured by the works of Pierre Alechinsky his interest in art piqued To pursue his passion Haring moved to New York in the 1970s and embraced the growing graffiti culture.
French, luxury sportswear company, Lacoste is paying tribute to the late artist in it’s the latest collection. What made Haring standout among his contemporaries such as Andy Warhol, Kenny Scharf, and Jean-Michel Basquiat was his simplicity of work; eccentric caricatures of babies, barking dogs, flying saucers, hearts done in bright colours and outlined in black depicted his energy, zest for life and spontaneity.
And it this vibe that Lacoste has tried to capture through it’s latest one of offerings. The collection comprises of polo shirts, T-shirts, shirts, sweatshirts, dresses and swimsuits featuring the iconic Haris pictograms. There are pieces for transitional weather as well like edgy bomber jackets with linings featuring Haris’ artwork.
A reversible tote and pair of sneakers complete the collection. The equally legendary “Barking Dog” and “Heart” drawings are displayed on a T-shirt or discretely applied on the collar of a polo shirt or the back of a tennis shoe.
The colourful collection is available at www.lacoste.com and in a selection of Lacoste stores.