Whoever said fashion is frivolous?  Not the RED foundation, that’s for sure. In celebration of their tenth anniversary, the charity, which has raised $365 million over the past decade to fight AIDS, joined forces with the high-street giant GAP to create a limited-edition capsule collection of 6 utility jackets customised by six of the world’s most acclaimed female street artists.

The Gap (RED) Street Artist Utility Jacket by Olek

From yarn bombing through ink murals to traditional graffiti – the six women behind the designs are as diverse as their nationalities. Shiro, KASHINK, Kelsey Montague, FAITH XLVII, AIKO and Olek took classic GAP utility jackets and transformed them into their own pieces of wearable art. Polish-born Olek’s crochet techniques represent the complexities of human psychology in bright colours. Equal parts compelling and fun, they are yearning to be translated into a garment – her jacket design is a burst of happiness that will make any rainy London day as warm as the Bahamas. Alien-looking ogres took over Paris-based KASHINK’s jacket, whose signature characters represent a diverse universe that embodies the project itself. AIKO is a Japanese-born, NYC-based graffiti girl who celebrates female sexuality through her colourful large-scale compositions. With a CV that includes assisting the legendary Takashi Murakami and collaborating with Banksy, AIKO’s aesthetic translated into an earthy toned jacket with floral strokes intertwined through airbrush effects.

The Gap (RED) Street Artist Utility Jacket by KASHINK

Whether as a fabulous Christmas gift or a windy weather necessity – these Gap (RED) jackets will make a statement both in your wardrobe and on a much larger scale. Changing the world never looked so cool.

The Gap (RED) Street Artist Utility Jackets by AIKO

The Gap (RED) Street Artist Utility Jackets are available to buy from Gap.com with prices ranging from $198 to $298. A portion of the proceeds of this collection being donated to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Text by Dino Bonacic