So too do they reflect the pair’s interest in designers whose worldview extends beyond just clothing. “They are all brands that have some sort of relevance outside of fashion,” Mugrabi explains. “Take The Row, for example. Their stores are so well-curated, and I think they’re a great example of a contemporary brand that is so interdisciplinary in their approach to their aesthetic. Then there’s Louis Vuitton: there’s probably no other brand with as many iconic artist collaborations.”
While both are clearly well-versed in the rich constellation of references that surround each of the brands highlighted, Coleman’s interest is equally rooted in her professional experience. “I actually used to work for Peter Marino, so I worked on Chanel stores and the more commercial side of luxury design,” she says. “I think something people don’t always realize is there is such a strong brand identity built through art or iconic furniture pieces. All of the Chanel stores are based off Coco Chanel’s apartment in Paris, so they all have the sunburst mirrors, the wheat tables, the deer sculptures, which are also tied to the clothing designs and the recurring symbols of the brand.” Safe to say, all of these motifs are featured prominently in their interpretation of the house’s world-famous store interiors—along with a branded Chanel surfboard, naturally.
Despite the drawings being stuffed with plenty of Easter eggs for hardcore fashion fans, both Coleman and Mugrabi also hope the appeal can be more universal, particularly in this moment. “I think there’s something about these activities you can do together to get off your phone and disconnect a little bit, without it being as intimidating as sitting down to a blank canvas to paint a picture,” says Coleman. “I hope people share their finished pages, I can’t wait to see how kids with no affiliation with or knowledge of fashion interpret it.” (For anyone wanting to share their completed designs, the project comes with the handy Instagram hashtag #ColorMeV1.)
When I ask them whose drawings they would be most excited to see, their response is typically light-hearted. “I’m instantly seeing a mental image of Miuccia Prada sitting in her kitchen coloring the Prada page, so I’m going to go with that,” says Mugrabi, with a laugh. “I picture the whole Fendi family sitting in a field coloring in,” adds Coleman. “It’s fun, it’s whimsical, and most importantly, it comes without any rules.”