If art imitates life then it’s fashion that brings it to life. Like the movements of art, fashion trends are born from a combination of inspiration along with signature techniques to interpret a collective idea, and lately the inspiration has been art movements themselves.
The dramatic love affairs and action packed scenes of Pop art have been revived in the collections of 3.1 Phillip Lim whose ‘Ka-Pow’ t-shirt has become one of the most sought after items for the season. Karla Spetic’s organza skirts flow alongside a picture of 1950′s style romance while Romance was Born featured vibrant superheroes in their SS12 ‘Berserkergang’ collection. Roksanda Ilincic made a more understated Pop art reference with the use of primary colours and Black Milk wrapped Jeffrey Campbell’s in comic strips for a collaboration of the labels.
The movement that hasn’t become such an obvious trend but with the of Impressionist faces from Jil Sander and Nicholas Kirkwood, alongside the bright, painterly florals of Erdem and Jenny Kee, it seems fashion has even touched on the techniques of Fauvism. Miu Miu made a beautiful reference to the movement in their SS10 naked lady print that resembles the famous Fauvist painting ‘Dance’ by Henri Matisse.
Rich brocades and intricate patterns and have brought to life the grandeur, movement, and opulence of Baroque art. The Italian movement has inspired one of the seasons most popular trends. Catholic motifs, ornate crests, delicate lace and romantic florals have featured widely with designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain, Versace and Oscar De La Renta to inspire ideas of 1600′s elegance.