S.R. Studio. LA. CA.'s Debut Couture Collection Repurposes Sterling Ruby's Signature Splatter

Steeped in founder Sterling Ruby‘s signature splashed paint since its inception, S.R. Studio. LA. CA. is shifting gears with the new year. Though more ready-to-wear is likely on the horizon, the contemporary artist’s fashion imprint has presented its first couture collection as part of Paris Fashion Week.

Ruby’s wife, photographer Melanie Schiff, reiterated a technique from S.R. Studio. LA. CA.’s Pitti Uomo debut, complementing his rich layers of paint with snapshot collages, creating dense realizations of color and texture across hand-stitched denim coats, chiffon dresses and even the occasional bit of boxy, ’80s-adjacent suiting. “Instrument Cases” — shapely bags made in Italy of high-end leather — lent a graceful edge to the rugged apparel, which ranged from Amish-inspired gowns and headgear to Ruby’s preferred trucker jackets to jackets and skirts densely woven with rug-like texture.

View S.R. Studio. LA. CA.’s Spring 2021 collection in action above, which features music by Swans’ Michael Gira.

Meanwhile, recent ready-to-wear collections recently surfaced from the likes of Greg Lauren, Eytys and STORY mfg.
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