California-based artist, Eric Bailey, has an interesting point of view to his art. While purists painters from back in the day were happy to align themselves with the realists, the surrealists, the impressionists… and so forth and so forth, Bailey combines two divergent ideas together– nature and glamor. Bailey draws his inspiration from both the modern and the natural world, and elevates natural elements such as wild animals with a heroic, opulent portraiture style. And in adidas originals’ surge of spot-on and absolutely intriguing and creative collaborations, the sportswear label has tapped into Bailey’s talent for making nature that much more bewitching and created a capsule collection of apparel and footwear feature Bailey’s art.
The capsule collection is able to dress one from head to toe in Bailey’s playful bucolic glamor, and features graphic tees fusing the Trefoil logo with Bailey’s design, hoodies, shorts, polos and two footwear- the Doley and the Centennial Mid. The recurring motif in this collection comes in the form of little birds (perhaps in reference to the artist’s site, Birds And Bullets) and a stocky dog (Bailey’s dog, Oliver?). Natural motifs like animals and maple leaves are combined with symbols of the modern world such as diamonds and dollar signs, and the phrase “Wood Rich” underlines the running oxymoron through the collection. The collection comes in two basic color palettes, a fall-ready palette of orange and grey, and a more summery one of white and green. Perfect for the urban bohemian who is bringing nature back into the streets, with and intention to fuse rather than to overtake, this is a playful collection which invites one to a little rumination.