During the recent New York spring fashion shows, the buzziest new name wasn’t a designer or blogger but an Angeleno cartoonist. Gary Baseman, a Fairfax Village native, decorated the new Coach collection with clawed gremlins and blindfolded bunnies.
You’ve probably seen Baseman’s work. He invented the board game Cranium and is a frequent New Yorker illustrator. His imagery is in the pop-surrealist vein but with scary overtones (clowns look ghoulish, cute animals drip blood--that sort of thing).
The Coach items--which hit stores early next year--are sure to make Baseman both a major fashion player and a lowbrow-highbrow-art-scene darling.
Bonus: They’re perfect for Halloween.