Where is the line between art and fashion? Quite simply, there isn’t one. Art and fashion has collided with a bang this season, propelling prints and colours in every direction.
Lagerfeld’s art-gallery-meets-catwalk for Chanel was filled with 75 Chanel themed artworks, from a larger-than-life bottle of No. 5, to a toppled oversized 2.55 handbag. Not to mention the Royal Talens (oil paint producer for artists) sample board pattern, which has become this season’s iconic print – a clear sign that wearable art is the theme du jour.
But while Chanel received most of the attention, plenty of other designers touched upon the trend, from Celine’s graffiti inspired collection, to Prada’s troupe of young artists who transformed the show space with enormous female portraits.
Anna Wintour and Marc Jacobs have been seen about town in their wearable art Prada coats, but if your budget is more high street than high fashion, there are many ways to interpret the trend. Opt for a standout blazer in a painterly print for an easy-does-it way in, or take a simple yet bold approach with a colour block dress inspired by the works of Piet Mondrian.
If you’re more of an abstract appreciator, look to Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky and the catwalk at Celine for a brief how-to. This season’s must-haves are an abstract print stand-out coat, or coordinating summer separates in an all-over print à la Jil Sander.
Want to know our little secret? You don’t need to be artistically inclined to have an appreciation for the arts this spring. From Op Art to Pop Art, simply wear your museum-worthy pieces with the confidence of a seasoned gallarina.