• Vilebrequin, Artist Alex Israel Collaborate on Swim Shorts

Vilebrequin, Artist Alex Israel Collaborate on Swim Shorts

Vilebrequin has tapped Los Angeles-based artist Alex Israel to help ride the commercial wave for holiday 2016. The heritage brand, founded in 1971 by Fred Prysquel, is embarking on its second artist collaboration after tapping photographer Massimo Vitali to create a print for its swim shorts last year. Israel, known for his mixed-media artworks that often reference images from his native Los Angeles, interpreted an animated wave he created as part of a dream sequence for his forthcoming feature film-directing debut, “SPF-18.” In sketching the wave, Israel drew inspiration from Japanese painter Hokusai and Ken Price. It was after he had completed this sequence that Vilebrequin happened to contact him via his Instagram account. Alex Israel with models wearing his swim shorts for Vilebrequin.  “It was so timely because I had already brought this brand into my work. It’s a movie about teenage surfers and the boys’ costumes included an old pair of Vilebrequin trunks,” said Israel, who has also used elements of his film in other works, such as a sculpture of a wetsuit designed for the movie that he showed at the Huntington Library museum earlier this year. It is Israel’s first collaboration with a fashion brand outside of his own

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