We’re wondering how Diego Rivera, the ardent Mexican communist and left-wing artist, would feel about being the latest inspiration for a New York hipster strutting his or her stuff during what we presume was a hedonistic, consumerist orgy of capitalist desire and want. Oh yes, the American gringo with their better than average GDP, consuming their way to insanity – or in New York, perhaps Linsanity at the way the Knicks are going – as the masses continue to suffer in poverty. We know we’re going a little far, but maybe that is how he would have felt given the latest collection from designer Steven Alan.

To be clear, we’re fans of Alan’s clothes. We’re just trying to imagine Rivera’s response to being cited as the primary influence for a trendy fashion consumable. It could be that he would be flattered, considering Alan is really more referencing simple – and by implication, peasant – styled clothing of the Mexican people. As he told online news source Fashionista: “The inspiration was Diego Rivera, the exhibit at the MOMA. We went there–myself and my design team, and we just loved the whole thing–you know, the canvases, and the cement.  We started pulling things for our [inspiration] board early on, and then we went to [the Diego exhibit], and we started pulling a lot of stuff from Mexico.”

So yes, there was plenty of inspiration from Mexico – but too much? Alan again: “And then we felt like there was too much from Mexico, so we kind of toned it down [but kept] some definite elements, [like] the aztec blanket [material] and a lot of the textured fabrics, a lot of handknit sweaters.”  So perhaps the clothes were a little too Mexican for the average American consumer – we wonder how Rivera would have taken that!

On a more intimately Rivera note, last week also saw his daughter, Guadalupe Rivera Marin, visit various sites across the United States to plug her new children’s book, “My Papa Diego and Me”. According to the publishers, the tome is an intimate compilation of stories from Rivera Marin’s childhood and of course, stories which contain her famous dad. As it is commonly known, Rivera was a painting savant, and from an early age he exhibited his strong grasp of drawing and painting. As Marin told an audience in Fresno: “He would paint on the floor, on the walls, in every single corner of his house that he could find. He painted so much that his father had to dedicate a full room for him in which he had blackboards put around the room so that he would stop painting on the piano.”

We’re not ones to piano paint, but we do know we wouldn’t paint in any of our nice Steven Alan inspired threads. But before we go off on another tangent, let’s get back to Guadalupe Rivera Marin; she has written one previous book, which focused on her iconic father and his equally iconic Rivera paintings. We have many of these iconic paintings at equally iconoclastic low prices – so be sure to browse around today.