On April 13th, Jason Wu, New York’s reigning king of all things elegant, dropped a proverbial bomb on Instagram, revealing that he was launching a little sister line, GREY Jason Wu, and that his first collection, available now at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and GREYJasonwu.com, is a collaboration with artist Hunt Slonem.
If you’ve opened any fashion or interiors magazine in the last five years, you’ve probably seen Slonem’s work. The New York-based artist is famed for his joyful, gestural paintings of butterflies, birds (his studio and homes are veritable aviaries, filled with Slonem’s exotic feathered friends), Abraham Lincoln (more on that later), and—wait for it—rabbits. It is the latter creature, a favorite amongst the fashion set (Katie Grand, Katie Hillier, Cara Delevingne—seriously where is Cecil?—and even yours truly have bunnies as pets; Maison Michel’s Laetitia Crahay can’t get enough of them; they were all over Prada’s Spring 2016; I could go on…) that appears in Wu’s debut GREY lineup, which is priced between $295 and $1,395. “We had Hunt’s bunny print on our mood board for the collection and I wanted to collaborate with him on the print. Hunt’s work is charming, full of life, and so clever—qualities that perfectly sum up GREY Jason Wu,” Wu told Fashion Unfiltered. “I was drawn to the bunnies because they’re so abstract—from far away, they look like a graphic print. You only notice it’s a bunny up close,” he continued.
Slonem, for his part, couldn’t be happier with the collaboration, noting that his favorite pieces are a sweater with a big bunny motif and a rabbit-print dress. “I’m quite pleased with what happened,” he said from his Brooklyn studio. “It’s very beautifully interpreted and very simple and gorgeous.”
But working with Wu isn’t the only thing this prolific artist, who possesses a flair for history and vivid color, has been up to. For starters, his show, “Antebellum Pop!” which fuses Slonem’s art and interiors work, is currently on view at Baton Rouge’s LSU Museum of Art. Never mind that he’s in the midst of creating a number of monumental, 16-foot rabbit sculptures set to be displayed in Louisiana, restoring the F.W. Woolworth mansion in Pennsylvania, and preparing for several museum and gallery shows around the world. Here, Slonem speaks with FU about working with Wu, all things rabbits (painting them, communicating with them, rescuing them from pythons, etc.), his singular sense of style, and why everyone seems to be so gosh darn obsessed with bunnies.