For the latest Y-3 Spring/Summer 21 collection, the sportswear-inspired brand has collaborated with artist Stephen Doherty. With a concept formulated long before the global pandemic became a reality, creative director Yohji Yamamoto wanted to focus on protection from the natural elements for S/S 21. Cue Doherty's watercolour motifs in white, red, black and grey tones, printed on anoraks, vests and shorts made of high-tech materials.
Doherty had his first solo show, Gratitude Blooms, at SHOWstudio in 2019. Showcasing his exquisite floral artworks conceived during an artist residency in Goa, the show centred around themes of ritual celebration and performative acts of gratitude. 'My focus is on the flower as a celebration of nature; the power behind its softness, and the pulsing rhythm of the bloom,' said Doherty. Browse through Doherty's work, sold through the SHOWstudio shop, here. Doherty is a regular SHOWstudio contributor, having taken part in projects Stephen Doherty's Couture (2014), Illustrating McQueen (2015) and #StyleShootDraw (2016).
As a current resident of Sarabande Studios, the charitable trust established in 2007 by Lee Alexander McQueen, Doherty's watercolours are currently on show at House Of Bandits, an exhibition at Burberry's Thomas's Cafe at 5 Vigo Street alongside work by Craig Green, Bianca Saunders, Joshua Beaty and more. You can see Doherty's work from the exhibition here. The Sarabande Foundation funds graduate and postgraduate scholarships and subsidises studio space, which scholarship recipients can use free for a year and then rent for a further year at a low rate of roughly £1 per square foot, which is extremely cheap for London standards.