Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Lover
Lover, the Australian label designed by Nic Briand and Susien Chong, is having an art moment. Briand and Chong’s Fall ’10 collection, which hits stores next month, is inspired by the female artist and her wardrobe—from clothes she’d wear in the studio, like overalls and smock shirts, through to the opening-night tuxedo. “It’s called Untitled,” Chong explains. “We’ve been going to a lot of exhibitions and even thought we might call it Oil on Canvas!”
Going to a lot of exhibitions is putting it mildly. On their worldwide tour of New York, London, and Paris, you could almost mark the city by the museum shows attended: the YSL retrospective in Paris; the Margiela one here in London; American Woman at the Met in New York. “I walked into each room and wanted to be the Gibson girl—no, the boho woman—no, a screen siren!” Chong says. With the designers’ mix of influences and inspirations—from Le Ballon Rouge to the recent Rolling Stones documentary on the making of Exile on Main Street to a new band Briand enthuses about, Australia’s Tame Impala (“young, hippie kids, I don’t think they even wear shoes on stage!”)—the Lover girl, at least, can be all three.