From Yves Saint Laurent’s famous Mondrian dress, to the diverse art-world collaborations instigated by Marc Jacobs’ at Louis Vuitton, fashion has often sought inspiration from art. And, for Spring/Summer 2014 the trend continues as one of the key inspirations at Céline was said to be Brassaï’s graffiti work, as sketch books were carried like accessories at Chanel and illustrations by the likes of Jeanne Detallante, Gabriel Specter and El Mac appeared printed on looks and across the walls at Prada.
The result: next summer’s fashion promises to be illustrated by everything from paint brushes, to spray cans and graphite.
From left to right, Proenza Schouler, Dries Van Noten, Haider Ackermann
After Fall/Winter 2013-2014’s dark navy, jet-black and scarlet red, it's time for pastel pink to make a return to soften Spring/Summer 2014 looks. Cotton candy and bubblegum pinks sweetened silhouettes at Balmain, Isabel Marant and Alexander Wang.
Images from left to right: Alexander Wang, Balmain, Isabel Marant.
Florals for summer is nothing groundbreaking, but a breath of romanticism ran through the Spring/Summer 2014 collections, with designers turning to roses, poppies and camellias to bring the countryside into the city with embroidery, print and texture.
From left to right, Burberry Prorsum, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior
Like heroines of the Romantic poets, the girls at Isabel Marant, Oscar de la Renta and Nina Ricci drifted down the runway in wafty fabrics and ethereal lace. Well-placed details kept the looks modest, in subtle play of hide and seek.
From left to right, Oscar de la Renta, Isabel Marant, Nina Ricci
For big-night dressing, look no further than sequins, paillettes and lamé next season. Think Saint Laurent, Versace and Tom Ford to shine under the disco ball.
From left to right, Tom Ford, Saint Laurent, Versace