2021 was the year of fashion houses capitalizing on color: “Bottega Green,” which HYPEBEAST called the “de facto color of the year,” appeared beyond just Daniel Lee‘s work, while others took note to champion their heritage colors. It comes as no surprise that this has gone on to inspire other creatives, such as the Ukrainian abstract artist Vladislav Melnyk, whose latest series draws from iconic colors from the years gone by.
Melnyk drew inspiration from designers and tastemakers that are often inspired by artwork, and translate this into their collections and life. “Bottega Green” adorns a canvas that’s been sparsely decorated with abstract interpretations of the very product and language that coined the aforementioned term (the Puddle and Tire Boots); as Melnyk puts it, “I was looking for winter shoes and saw these boots with grass-colored outsole. If you look close enough, you can recognize the silhouette of a boot in the painting.”
Likewise, Maison Valentino‘s deep red hue nods to the poppy-red tulle dress that Valentino Garavani made for his debut SS60 collection. “Pierpaolo Piccioli’s couture is a masterpiece. It is much more of a masterpiece than any masterpiece in art history,” notes the artist. The same logic was applied to the gray canvas, which is inspired by Kim Jones‘