They reach staggering figures in the most important luxury auctions and are increasingly coveted by amateurs and young collectors. We're talking about sneakers signed by famous designers and possibly worn and signed by celebrities and big sports personalities - an example among all the legendary Nike Air Jordan, released almost forty years ago and designed for the legendary basketball champion Michael Jordan. Shoes and garments make headlines in the newspapers and are on display in the world's most important museums. Why all this success for such daily items?
From the 1980s onwards, the threshold separating fashion, art and design has become increasingly thinner and it is no longer only the most important personalities from the world of entertainment who inspire the design of shoes and garments, but also the artists and designers themselves. Think for example of the "Sottsass" ladies' shoes produced by Pierre Hardy to replicate the design of the famous Ultrafragola mirror.
The dialogue between fashion and design is far from one way and sees stylists drawing inspiration from the icons of design, as well as designers taking inspiration from the catwalks. Lately we have enjoyed the collaboration betweenFornasetti and Louis Vuitton for the Fall Winter 2021 collection, in which the garments are pieces of history composed of sculptures, paintings and classical architecture printed on the clothes. Previously we remember Gianfranco Ferrè's "Abiti" collection, which included a series of seats covered with an abundance of fine fabric that included a plaid to be folded and laid comfortably on the legs.
Massimo Vignelli signed his own line of clothes - a collection of comfortable, minimalist cut-outs produced in gray and black - and Roberto Capucci collaborated with Ceramiche Rometti to create a series of vases inspired by his couture dresses.
This is not a simple citation, or tribute, but rather a vision of the future that sees fashion and design as realities that are ever closer to the consumer. On the other hand, it is the same curiosity about the world and its customs that unites designers and stylists, both in search of innovative solutions for products that are increasingly portable and practical.