The late, great Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was known to paint in Armani suits, then hit the town in those paint-splattered duds. In most photographs, he's seen in a mixture of oversized colorful street wear and designer ties and jackets. I love the way I can't tell if Basquiat mocked or embraced high fashion. Either way his unique voice made him a style pioneer. His close friend Glenn O'Brien dissected Basquiat's fashion excellence for Nowness, "He was a chromatic physicist who practiced an unspoken, unwritten theory of textile relativity. He puts a shirt, jacket and pants together like it would conjure the weather or influence the next day's headlines. With a paisley tie eccentrically tied over a plaid shirt under a tweed jacket he worked colors and textures. His taste was a signature, and in every photograph he's perfect, outside time and fashion, an eternal aristocrat."
- Floral Prints
Don't be afraid to add them to your closet with pieces like this Comme des Garçons vintage knit.
- Colorful Bow Ties
Hunt down Carrot & Gibbs hand-crafted ties in stores or find them at their online shop for a variety of arresting patterns.