Sho Shibuya painted 55 sunsets looking out of his Brooklyn apartment window during the pandemic – he painted the colors he saw outside his bedroom window onto the front pages of the day’s New York Times. The colors range from purple and magenta to lavender, grey, and hot pink. I was introduced to Shibuya’s work at Art Basel in December – the 55 sunsets were on view in a stunning Saint Laurent gallery constructed on the beach right at 17th Street in the heart of Miami Beach. The hot pink shell of the open-air gallery blew me away.
Color is at the heart of the new SS22 LA LOOP collection. Shibuya’s work inspired us to bring in both brights and moody tones. In addition, we draw on iconic women--as we have over the years--women who write, paint, draw, advocate as a form of expression. From American and Francophile Joan Mitchell whose abstract expressionists paintings blend structure with chaotic brushstrokes to American writer Joan Didion whose storytelling captures culture in ways that no one else has been able to. There is a rawness and realness to these artists that we find inspiring at LA LOOP.
Our Loopers continue to be the heart and soul of LA LOOP. They inspire us to continue our social good work with our LOOPin initiatives where we highlight people and organizations that are doing good – in the hope of inspiring others to LOOPin and do the same.