Out magazine reports that Tyler Wallach, the self-described “1988 lovechild of Keith Haring and Lisa Frank,” was invited this weekend to Barneys New York to paint on luxury products for a live audience—a feat for the queer Harlem artist, who’s been a local LGBTQ mainstay for several years.
On Saturday and Sunday, Wallach took his colorful brush to everything from a Balenciaga clutch to Louboutin sneakers, adding some campy, cartoonish fun to the upscale leather goods. All products were available to purchase, with select customized pieces showcased like artwork behind glass.
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The painted fashion featured multi-colored drips, graphic shapes and whimsical characters—some with rainbow teeth and silly, contagious smiles. Wallach’s work has always leaned toward positive, optimistic patterns, like a contemporary update on Haring’s street art with a queer eye for Cartoon Network.
Based in Harlem, Wallach also has his own fashion line, featuring affordable basics—tees, slip-ons and tanks—all decorated with his bold prints. If you’re unable to invest in a Wallach x Givenchy original, pictured above, you can still invest in the rising artist online.
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