Prada’s Sketch Artist
The psychedelic line-work of James Jean first found its way into Prada’s orbit 10 years ago — a time, he notes, when such partnerships were considerably rare — in the form of a wallpaper mural installed in the label’s New York store. Shortly thereafter, the Los Angeles-based visual artist lent his hand to Prada’s recognizable fairy print and then illustrated a splashy backdrop for its accompanying ad campaign, which displayed Technicolor-clothed models in a fantastic landscape — both of Jean’s invention — for spring/summer 2008. “They caught me at the tail-end of my commercial career,” he reflects. “I had been doing a lot of editorial and advertising, and I decided to stop and focus on purely personal stuff” — which he did, for a decade.
Jean had been thinking about his Prada-versary earlier this year, when the brand, a regular collaborator with fine artists, invited him to design prints for its resort 2018 collection. For the occasion, he illustrated a rambling scene of bunnies and flora on ready-to-wear pieces and handbags (now in stores), and developed comics-inspired graphics for Prada men’s wear. (Kendrick Lamar wore a Jean-designed T-shirt to the VMAs.) “It’s wild to think this all began with a pencil and some sheets of plain paper,” Jean says. prada.com — HILARY MOSS
Only Greg Chait, whose vibrant cashmere knits for the Elder Statesman may be the uniform for easy California living, could get away with calling his new sleepwear line ‘‘rad.’’ It’s a natural extension for the L.A. brand, which launched in 2007 with blankets and is best known for its sumptuous sweaters. Included in the collection of 18 separates — all made of cashmere and silk yarn spun at an Italian mill — are classic button-downs with notched collars and delicate contrast piping, which can be paired with matching pants or shorts, along with short nightgowns and a kimono-style robe. As ever, color plays a defining role — though simple light gray and navy solids hold their own against vivid grape and fuchsia options. Chait, surprisingly, takes a no-fuss approach to sleepwear — he still wears the same cotton scrubs his surgeon father would bring home, and hopes his own line will be just as beloved: ‘‘We want them to be something you have forever and feel good wearing at home, even if no one sees you.’’ Available at the Elder Statesman Winter Shop in Manhattan…