The Wish List: A Tribute to Jean-Michel Basquiat
Revisiting elements of the 80s artist's style
Jean-Michel Basquiat began as an obscure graffiti artist in downtown New York City and evolved into a renowned Neo-expressionist painter in the late 80's. His artistic style was reflected in the way he dressed — Basquiat had fun with fashion. He was known to take classic pieces and juxtapose them against a splash of color, often in a discreet yet humorous way. Like all great style icons, his fantastic sense of style transcends time. When looking through photos of the artists, I noticed how immaculate he always looked. He chose some designer elements and mixed them with inexpensive clothing in an unexpected way to create a look that was unique to him. They say that fashion may be ephemeral, while style is eternal. Basquiat embodied that statement.
Take note from Basquiat, and invest in a couple of high-quality pieces, then find subtle way to incorporate color. The items below may give you a head start, or serve as inspiration. The important thing is to own the look, and make it your own.