Contemporary art and fashion have long evolved side-by-side â€“ both are aesthetic mediums, not to mention big businesses
Many of the artists I meet are very clued up when it comes to fashion. Weâ€™re all operating in the same circles and weâ€™re drawn together without even forcing it, which is great, as I think itâ€™s important that any union of art and fashion is unforced. Iâ€™m really into the works ofÂ Jordan Wolfson, Helen Marten,Â Magali Reus andÂ Nicolas Deshayes at the moment. I recently showed Jessie Flood-Paddockâ€™s work in a fashion environment. I like that art is not seasonal or disposable like fashion can be.
Times have changed since I first started designing menswear â€“ and thatâ€™s not even that long ago! Itâ€™s now so varied and there is a greater crossover between street and luxury fashion. I have always found men easier to design for, probably because I am one.Â I feel that right now is a super exciting time to make menâ€™s clothes because we can be experimental without the fear of thinking, â€œwho will wear this?â€
Austrian born Raimund Berthold graduated from Central Saint Martinâ€™s in 2005 with an all-white menswear collection that has gone on to define his precise aesthetic. After working for some of the worldâ€™s leading brands,Â BERTHOLDÂ established his eponymous line in 2009 with a five-piece collection of lightweight outerwear which transformed from bags into coats.Â