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Like a coastal canvas

Painter Kenny Scharf teams with Elie Tahari for a whimsical surf collection.

June 01, 2008|Melissa Magsaysay | Times Staff Writer

Kenny SCHARF'S pop-surrealist paintings will be shown on a different kind of canvas this summer. The artist (and L.A native) has collaborated with designer Elie Tahari on a limited-edition collection that went on sale Saturday. The collection features a fantastical print developed from a Scharf painting called "Floatungle," and it swirls across a silk chiffon caftan ($248), a cotton voile pareo ($168) and, most fabulously, a surfboard that at $15,000 is unlikely to ever hit salt water.

The items come in two juicy color combinations, sunshine yellow with fuchsia patterns and a sea-foam green with purple swirls and graphics. True to Scharf's science-minded spin, the print incorporates floating palm trees, orbs with tentacle-like stems and vivid starbursts for a Jetsons-go-to-the-beach kind of feel. Perfect for the surfing techie.

The Kenny Scharf collection is sold exclusively at Tahari's New York boutiques. But fret not; there is FedEx. Call either of Tahari's stores -- Soho at (212) 334-4441 or East Hampton at (631) 329-8883 -- to purchase.

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