art on your sleeve
Fashion and art have always been pals. Heck, they're practically sisters, but this spring's runway saw that bond translated in the most literal way possible. Designers took to prints with big fat brushstrokes, pen scribbles and doodles. Portraits, whether realistic or Picasso-esque, were splashed across skirts, dresses and blouses. And nearly every designer on the "art train" seemed to keep their artworks within the classic ROYGBIV spectrum, you know, to really drive home the artsy-ness of it all.
Here's a look at 7 designers who made us want to bust out our Crayolas and scribble on our favourite t-shirt:
CÉLINE--Those bold painterly brushstrokes we were talking about? Here they are at their finest. Phoebe Philo created one of the most memorable collections of the season, landing Céline on the cover of countless fashion magazines across the globe (here, here, here, and here), and leaving the masses so hungry for a taste that we're lapping up all the knock-offs we can get.
CHANEL--In case the 13 models draped in rainbow brush strokes didn't give you enough of a clue as to what was happening at Chanel, Karl sent down the show's only male model with a handful of paintbrushes to introduce the "art" chapter of his show. This collection has landed on so many magazine covers that we're actually going to put together a separate post (here it is) cos we've never seen anything like the attention this rainbow print is garnering. It's crazy.
KENZO--With prints composed of pen scribbles and Sharpie doodles, Kenzo's spring collection kept to watery blues and sea greens as California natives Carol Lim and Humberto Leon addressed overfishing of the world's oceans. To do their small part, they've designed a slogan tee, "No fish, no nothing." A portion of t-shirt sales will go to the Blue Marine Foundation. Yay, Kenzo!
GILES--Giles Deacon's collection kept to a darker, melancholy mood but in it's brighter moments it featured cheerful, gap-toothed, painted mouths by our favourite fashion illustrator, Donald Robertson! (Donald also happens to be our favourite person to follow in instagram! Follow him @donalddrawbertson, you'll fall in love.)
PRADA--I can't help but be reminded of making collages as a child when I look at this collection. A little glitter here, some puff paint there, stick Cindy Crawford's face a little more to the right, aaaaand perfect. Miuccia's intended feminist collection took on a bold artistic element with colour-blocking, pop-art portraits, and a venue decorated by a variety of mural artists.
JEAN-CHARLES de CASTELBAJAC--Castelbajac's collection is like wearing crisp sheets of paper out of the designer's own sketchbook. The show's backdrop was a projection of him painting a dress in real time as the model was wearing it--it appeared as the show's final look, still wet. (P.S. David Shrigley anyone?)
VERA WANG--True to Vera form, she took this trend and pared it down to a few simple slashes of a watercolour brush. So simple. So soft. So Vera.