Anselm Reyle Designs for Dior
by Laurie brookins
FROM TOP: Ankle-strap wedge ($920), Mise en Dior necklace in leather and resin ($3,600), and Lady Dior handbag in metalized lambskin ($4,500), Anselm Reyle for Dior. 309 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-859-4700
Fashion and art have always been inextricably intertwined— think Yves Saint Laurent’s 1965 Mondrian dress or the designs Elsa Schiaparelli conjured in the 1930s from sketches and photos by Salvador Dalí. Early this year, another haute result of the marriage between fashion house and artist arrived in Los Angeles: a limited-edition accessories collection courtesy of artist Anselm Reyle’s collaboration with Christian Dior.
Known for his large-scale abstract paintings and found-object sculptures, Reyle delved deep into the label’s DNA, pinpointing such iconic pieces as the Lady Dior handbag and infusing them with boldly toned twists (i.e. the signature cannage topstitching in neon pink or orange on the Lady Dior, or camouflage prints and just a splash of topstitching on an ankle-strap wedge).
“Most of my work builds on objects that already exist, which I then transform,” says Reyle. Los Angeles is one of only six US cities to offer the collection, officially available through March. But don’t wait—the anticipation is already so great procrastinators will likely be out of luck.
photograph by david hamsley