Fashion And Art Collide For Spring/Summer
With a multitude of artists collaborating with luxury labels, and fashion becoming the focus of an increasing number of museum exhibitions, the relationship between fashion and art is as literal as ever. For S/S13 a number of designers have embraced art-prints, brushstrokes and illustrations – using fashion as the ultimate form of expression. While levels of wearability vary, modern art can be easily perceived in current fashion trends and catwalk shows.
Creative director of Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci, chose a washed-out palette, sat across a white canvas. Overlaid see-through layers of chiffon distorted catchy religious iconography and watercolour markings, resembling a work of art. Casual silky t-shirts and bomber jackets adorned almost-abstract prints of The Holy Mother in a softer than usual palette, contributing to the bold yet approachable look Givenchy are famed for.
Menswear designer, Joseph Turvey, combines traditional tailoring techniques and textile surface design with whimsical illustrations. Making his London Fashion Week debut as part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s “Ones to Watch”, Turvey takes inspiration from his favourite style icons, presenting hand-drawn illustrations and unconventional fabrics in a streetwise collection. His clean illustration style fuses together iconic figures and transfers into his menswear through digital print – pushing menswear design to new and refreshing areas.
Some designers sought to embrace a hyperbolic take on the painterly prints. Miharayasuhiro’s catwalk show featured a dirty-white suit, artfully splattered in black and red paint. Boxy oversized shirts were accentuated with leather and fearlessly splattered with colour. Texture played a significant role in the collection – most fabrics encountered splashes of paint debris and graffiti-style spray art.
Taking influence from past works of art, Raf Simons borrowed painting techniques while channelling Picasso’s playful vision. Integrating a cubist print with an abstract approach to portraiture and Kandinsky’s treatment of colour, the collection was complimented by the use of cutting-edge tailoring. The show, described as “New York downtown art dealer” by Simons, suggests that this fascination with modern art is merely a debut in fashion.
Creative print-mixes are set to be even bigger for AW13/14 with cut –up graphics and mismatched print-patchwork garments making an appearance in shows for the next season.
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