Art and Fashion

WAS blog3From surrealism, to graffiti, art has inspired the Spring/Summer 2014 catwalks. From tribal to street, muralists to Mondrian works and even references to consumer culture, have been transposed onto dresses, jackets and tops. Art has been a massive influence.

Nowhere was the meeting of fashion and art more explicit than at Chanel. Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais’s spacious interior into a contemporary art fair and had models parading down the aisles in colours off the Pantone chart. Chanel’s Spring collection was wall-to-wall wearable art.

Art however is more than just a trend; fashion has often sought inspiration from it. More recently for this summer, Louis Vuitton has WAS blog2collaborated with three new street artists from three different continents— André from Paris, American Kenny Scharf, and INTI from Chile— for its textile collection. Louis Vuitton also introduces new designs for Spring/Summer 2014 by way of the iconic leopard print created for Louis Vuitton by the artist, Stephen Sprouse.

WAS blogAlexander McQueen also often finds inspiration from art and artists. Christian Dior, a great lover of art was inspired by the canvasses of Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Boldini, Van Gogh and Edouard Manet. Today, the house of Dior continues to maintain a special relationship with the Impressionist aesthetic with references and direct homage being paid to painters.

Logo mania is also big this season. The statements and logos are the wow look for summer. They’re fresher and unique. They might just be the looks that you’ll remember as defining this summer’s loud and proud style. Whatever it says, Say it loud and proud.


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