Lola Montes Schnabel Lends Her Dreamy Paintings to New Sportmax Collection

Artist Lola Schnabel
(Photo by Carlotta Manaigo)

Fresh off the heels of her solo exhibition, “Love Before Intimacy,” which showed at the Hole last December, Lola Montes Schnabel is taking her art from gallery walls to boutique racks:  Her visceral paintings are the focus of Italian luxury label Sportmax’s third Carte Blanche capsule collection, which debuted in Milan this week. Schnabel (Julian’s daughter) created a limited-edition collection of 1,000 numbered pieces — a top, bag, and three scarves — covered with her dreamy, feminine watercolor paintings. The pieces were inspired by old lovers and imagined people. "My drawings come from the subconscious, sometimes I watch them grow without knowing where they will end," said Schanbel in a statement.

Schnabel follows artist and Purple magazine art director Christophe Brunnquell, who created a collection of tunics, shirts, and dresses for the inaugural chapter of this Sportmax series in 2009, and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, who made t-shirts and dresses for her line in 2010. This isn’t Schnabel’s first foray into fashion. She collaborated with her friend Zac Posen on a fashion video for the designer’s 2006 resort collection, and she has also worked as a DJ, producing soundtracks for Chanel and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Click through the photo gallery to see images from Lola Montes Schnabel’s Sportmax Carte Blanche collaboration.