Fashion can always use a little levity. The “business” end of the business of fashion and the politics of status always seem to distract us from what we’re here for in the first place. Fashion won’t solve world hunger or any kind of environmental crisis but fashion is fun, and Donald Robertson wants to remind us of that fact. With his new project titled “Fashion is Nuts” the InStyle editor and Estée Lauder Creative Director has injected some cheeky silliness into the fashion world in creating portraits of fashion’s heavyweights with walnuts. From his website:
“Henson had his puppets, Warhol had his soup cans, and now Donald Robertson has his walnuts! Many people have come to view the fashion world as elitist, and unapproachable, but what everyone seems to forget is... Fashion is nuts! Whether it’s Edie Campbell dressed in nothing but body paint and a headdress, or Iris Apfel sitting front row wearing her signature glasses and dressed in red fur, fashion is, and has always been wondrously mad.”
Sounds fun, no? Some of my favourites include his duel portraits of Yves Saint Laurent and Hedi Slimane––“Le Nut” and “Le nut part deux,” respectively. Other personalities include more recent fashion fixtures such as A$AP Rocky and Kanye West as well as mainstay classics Coco “Coconut” Chanel and Anna Wintour. Robertson’s portraits come in the form of a 40 page book as well as posters, available for purchase here.
For more of Donald’s fashion fun and illustration, follow his Instagram.