Meet the creative talents and influencers behind #TeamKarl. In this series, we get to know the movers and shakers who are shaping the KARL LAGERFELD brand and story.
Steven Wilson is an illustrator who’s known for his brightly-coloured artwork and neon-effect graphics. He describes his eclectic, eccentric and experimental work as “somewhere between pop and psychedelia.”
Originally from North London, Steven fell in love with Brighton while attending an illustration course, and he moved there permanently. He finds his inspiration in everything from local flea markets to album covers, YouTube and men’s fashion in the 1920s.
Steven has previously worked with brands like MTV, Coca-Cola, Virgin, Selfridges and Sony BMG. Most recently, he collaborated with KARL LAGERFELD on a limited-edition capsule collection of ready-to-wear and accessories, launching for Spring 2017.
How has your experience been working with KARL?
It has been one of the highlights of my career to have my work associated with KARL LAGERFELD. The thing that makes it extra special is that it’s very much a collaboration. Although KARL LAGERFELD is such a huge name, the brand is happy to name the artists it collaborates with, and I think that’s a wonderful thing.
How is fashion intertwined in your work?
All of the arts cross reference one another and are intertwined, so I look to fashion to see what’s happening. In the same way that fashion continually evolves and reinvents itself, I hope my work will also do that. It’s important to keep abreast of how things are changing and evolving across all creative industries.
Describe yourself in a Karlism?
I love these two in relation to my work:
“Working is when you do a job you don’t like. The minute you like your job, it’s not working anymore.”
“I’m a kind of hired gun, so if the army is good it’s ok, but if the army is not so good there is little I can do.”
Karl can’t live without sunglasses. What’s your must-have?
I have a number of workwear-style overshirts with multiple pockets. I like to have pen and paper on me at all times to record anything I find interesting, so it’s as much a practical thing as anything … but I like how they look as well!
Kalm or Krazy?
What could be the motto of #TeamKarl?
“If you can dream but not make dreams your master.” – Rudyard Kipling from the poem If. I like how this quote applies to creativity and design. It takes a certain amount of dreaming, thought and imagination, but that alone will not make it happen — you also have to work hard to fulfil them.