Art and fashion come together for a collection that encapsulates hot days and steamy nights.

Retail favourite COS announced their latest collaboration with Manchester-based, multidisciplinary artist Stephen Doherty to create a selection of limited-edition pieces, adorned with exclusive floral artwork crafted using Doherty’s unique ink and water technique, which evoke the epitome of summer dressing. Focusing on the flower in bloom, the collaboration celebrates the beauty of nature in its most exquisite form.

Embracing the synergy between art and fashion, the 17-piece collection embodies effortless elegance, with Doherty’s florals reimagined on canvases of silk and linen, transforming classic COS silhouettes. Set dressing is embraced throughout the capsule, with each garment designed to be interchanged and styled in endless ways, dressed up or down to suit the mood or occasion.

Exploring craftsmanship, delicately beaded embroidery embellishes bandeau tops, while unique waistband finishes provide versatile styling and a functional element. The floral print is also embraced on accessories, reworked onto a leather mule and silk scarves.

Inspired by contemporary culture, COS is a London-based fashion brand known for iconic wardrobe pieces, elevated essentials and innovative designs that are made to last. Dedicated to quality and sustainability, COS takes a bespoke approach to design, creating unique collections that combine function with timeless style. Experimental design details and material innovation are frequently revisited to include the latest sartorial advances and ensure the considered use of fibres whether they be recycled, renewed or sustainably sourced.

Stephen Doherty’s Gratitude Blooms series began in 2018 while he was artist in residence at Aamir Art House in Porvorim, Goa. Centring around the use of flowers in ritual celebration and performative acts of gratitude, it features paintings of decaying devotional flowers, petals and studies of the human figure in nature. Other common themes in his work are community, connectedness and joy.

He studied at Central Saint Martins and is an alumnus of the Sarabande Foundation; Established by Lee McQueen. In 2019 Stephen was awarded NEW WAVE: Creative by the British Fashion Council.✤