The style bigwigs at Marni have tapped into the very quintessence of fashion: as an artform of self-expression. In their third artist-based collaboration, Marni have recruited the skills of America illustrator and former art director at the New York Times, Brian Rea. In a meeting of quirky and colourful minds, the pair have produced collections for the Marni Foulard 2012 Winter Edition and Marni Mens AW12-13, with Rea's metropolitan scenes scribbled across dresses, tote bags and t-shirts.
The sketches' whimsicality and childlike nature are tinged with a sense of irony and solemnity; Rea's work is as melancholy as it is magical. Marni superstar, Consuelo Castiglioni describes her vision for the collection, wanting it to "clash and mingle in unexpected ways". Looks like Rea and Marni nailed it.
All clothes from Marni Foulard Winter 2012 collection and all images by Brian Rea