Artistic Inspiration – Painterly Prints

L.K. Bennett Leonie Printed LEather Clutch

L.K. Bennett Leonie Printed LEather Clutch

It’s no surprise that fashion and art go hand in hand with one drawing inspiration from the other and often, coming closer and closer until they become one and the same.  Many of the recent museum shows that caused lines to form around the block were fashion related and more and more institutions are putting an emphasis on their costume collections and exhibitions. Fashion magazines are  constantly collaborating with artists and featuring them in the publications, definitely bringing up their level of celebrity (like THIS).

… Interesting though… that when looked at from a certain angle, there is still a very large difference in perception between fashion and art.  The Wall Street Journal said it best: “We think of art appreciation as erudite, but an interest in fashion is considered airheaded. When an art-lover buys art, it’s called “collecting.” When a fashion enthusiast buys clothing, it’s called “shopping.” Art is supposed to be timeless and important, while fashion is understood to be ephemeral and frivolous.”

But I digress.

Even early on, designer Elsa Schiaparelli teamed up with artist Salvador Dali for her famous silk organza lobster-print gown. Collaborations like this have not only continued but blown up within the industry with major labels working with major names in the art world.  Louis Vuitton, for example,  is famously known for their collaborations with artists such as Takashi Murakami,  Yayoi Kusama and most recently, street artist Kenny Scharf.  Even beyond straight collaborations with artists, fashion can be inspired by the artist and the traditional idea of art such as painterly prints and splotches on fabric as well as sculptural design in accessories. This seems to come and go in fashion every so often but we are really seeing a lot of this happening right now with major collections such as Chanel’s Spring 2014 (as seen HERE) and Céline’s Summer 2014 (below) clearly displaying the trend.

See how fast trends move across the fashion world, – scroll down for even more painterly prints and sculptural accessories… some are even affordable (wooo!)

Zara - Pleated Print Skirt

Zara Pleated Print Skirt

Tucker Printed Silk Tunic

Tucker Printed Silk Tunic

ASOS Blouse in Layered Cutabout Stripe Print

ASOS Blouse in Layered Cutabout Stripe Print

HM Printed Skirt

H&M Printed Skirt (not available online in the US)

Diesel Exposure High-top trainers

Diesel Exposure High-top trainers

Burberry Bloomsbury Bag

Burberry Bloomsbury Bag

Burberry Bloomsbury Bag in Stone

Burberry Bloomsbury Bag in Stone

Burberry Bloomsbury Bag Dark Sand

Burberry Bloomsbury Bag Dark Sand

Hugo Boss Silk Paint Brush Print Blouse

Hugo Boss Silk Paint Brush Print Blouse

Celine Crushed Cuff in Painted Copper

Celine Crushed Cuff in Painted Copper

Anthropologie Brushstroke Tote

Anthropologie Brushstroke Tote

Kenny Scharf scarf for Louis Vuitton

Kenny Scharf scarf for Louis Vuitton

Vera Wang Printed silk-gazar dress

Vera Wang Printed silk-gazar dress

3-1 Phillip Lim Wednesday Boston Satchel

3-1 Phillip Lim Wednesday Boston Satchel

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