Arts Editor: Christopher George
The Pop Art of Patrick Nagel needs little introduction. His minimalist style defined an era with cool, seductive women that became the most iconic of any single generation.
His elegant graphic work and his portrayal of the contemporary woman made figurative design before him look instantly old. Today his unique sensibility and style continue to resonate with generations of young designers, illustrators and artists who have found inspiration from his trend-setting style.
Through cultural cross-pollination, his work absorbed the moment – from the fashion photography of Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton to influencing the look of music videos by David Bowie, Robert Palmer and George Michael, to creating the album cover art of Duran Duran.
Bringing us in to the moment, much as the aesthetics of Nagel's design has been a constant relevance of modernity, AKILA announce their collaboration with the Nagel Estate to create a set of sunglasses inspired by the late illustrator’s artwork. Dubbed New Wave, the one-piece wraparound frame is finished with polarised lenses to add functionality to an avant-garde design.
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