Titled The Hermit and unveiled today, the painting designed by Jayde Fish takes up most of a 2,500-square-foot wall and depicts a woman on a sky-bound journey, looking through a telescope into the unknown. It will be on view on Lafayette Street, between Prince and Spring streets, until March 31.
“It’s about how inspiration hits us, and it can sometimes be out of the blue,” Fish told the Cut. “[It’s] this thought of eternal travel, constantly learning, constantly taking in new visual inspirations, and shedding light on things in your life that will affect you.”
Michele first came across the artist on Instagram, where she posts pictures of her work and her personal style. “I was beyond excited,” she wrote Vogue.com from the Gucci show in Milan, where she was documenting her behind-the-scenes look at the Gucci show on the brand’s Instagram Stories. “My first thought was that perhaps someone was playing a cruel joke on me, but then Gucci continued to communicate with me about my work and I realized it was real. I was so inspired by Alessandro’s collections that I began to create illustrations with the company in mind. It was something I wanted to happen, and then it did.”
In fact, Fish had been a fan of Gucci since Michele was named creative director in 2015, making the partnership something of a dream come true. “I fell in love with Gucci when Alessandro took the reins. I remember my friends saying, ‘You have to check out the new Gucci—it’s so you!’ And they were absolutely correct. I’m a big fan of vintage and costume style, so for me this was exactly what I had been looking for.”
Do note this: Gucci featured several of Fish’s illustrations in its spring-summer 2017 collection last season (see images below).