Vanity Fair called Donald Robertson “the fashion world’s favorite artist,” and his depictions of Kanye West, Karl Lagerfeld, and Beyoncé have earned him over 200,000 followers under the handle @drawbertson. Robertson’s Instagram account, which features a number of his chic, funky and geometric illustrations, received so much buzz that the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) as “Instagrammer of the year.” Robertson honed his skills in the cosmetics and fashion industry, beginning in Toronto with MAC Cosmetics, and most recently in creative development at the Estee Lauder Companies. Robertson’s creative direction put him on the team that launched Marie Claire as well as on the one that redesigned Glamour.
Now, Robertson is teaming up with alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet for a second capsule collection with the label. The second collaboration fuses together Robertson’s free-spirited drawings with alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet’s fun and fearless attitude. Robertson and Bendet worked together to create a range of ready-to-wear, accessories and sneakers featuring whimsical leopard and lip motifs as well as a Stace print.
“When Stacey Bendet calls you, you pick up the phone,” said Robertson. “Stacey has very kindly turned my art manual, ‘Donald’ the book, into a fashion collection.”
“The first collaboration I ever did with Donald was one of my favorites ever because we both built off of each other’s creativity and had so much fun working together,” added Bendet. “When I was working on my new summer collection I kept saying, ‘These colors are so Donald,’ so I asked him to create a Stace print that could go back to the colors of my summer collection. He reminded of one that he had already created, and we turned it into a blouse. I was working in between summer and pre- fall on animal prints, so he developed these leopard lips that I decided to pair back to all these crazy fun colors. What was supposed to be one button down shirt turned into a whole capsule collection.”
The second Donald Robertson and alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet collection features various t-shirts, scarves, skirts, sneakers and jackets covered in Robertson’s playful lip prints — one is a leopard-print silhouette of a mouth and the other shows a red-lipped pout with a tongue sticking. The new Stace print shows a sassy Bendet in a bikini top and print trousers, perfectly embodying the alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet spirit. With collaboration number two under the wraps, who knows — could there be a third Donald Robertson and alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet in the works?
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