two worlds collide

Anthony Vaccarello pays tribute to Memphis, Milan’s legendary 80s design collective
Fashion | 19 May 2021
Text Finn Blythe

From Paris to Milan, Saint Laurent‘s latest Rive Droite project connects two of Europe’s creative powerhouses. Teaming up with the legendary Italian design and architecture group Memphis to celebrate its 40th anniversary, this cross-disciplinary collaboration sees Anthony Vaccarello pay homage to one of the most enduring post-modern influences of the 20th century, whose legacy has long been a source of personal inspiration.


Since it was founded in 1981 by the visionary Italian architect Ettore Sottsass, the Memphis group has represented the high-water mark in international art and design. The collective of young architects and designers would go on to make loud, abstract furniture that incorporated everyday materials like plastic laminate and terrazzo flooring, forming vibrantly coloured objects that were unlike anything that had come before. Despite disbanding after little more than six years, the group’s innovative aesthetic has always had its admirers in fashion – with Karl Lagerfeld having been among its many collectors.

In celebration of their continued legacy, Vaccarello’s new capsule collection plays with the same boldness of colour and form. Two multicoloured checkerboard hoodies accompany two dresses, one shirt and two pairs of sneakers, each combining classic Saint Laurent styles with the inimitable spirit of Memphis. In addition to the collection, a new exhibition of archive Memphis pieces will open at Saint Laurent’s Rive Droite stories in Paris and LA, giving an opportunity to see some of their most memorable creations up close. From a giant bed shaped and themed like a boxing ring, to totemic standing sculptures and chairs that look edible, it’s a rare opportunity you shouldn’t miss.

Explore the Rive Droite collection here

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