It isn't the first time fashion has been referred to as wearable art and for spring, designers took the phrase literally. This season, the spring shows served as a canvas for designers to act as artists and showcase their fine art spin using painterly prints and patterns, and bold brushstrokes in order to bring real works of art to life on the runway.
Fusing street murals, abstract elements, graffiti images and sketchbook drawings with fashion and transposing them onto dresses, coats and tops, models played the part of modern day walking portraits for a variety of artistic genres. From Phoebe Philo's graphic inspiration of 20th-century Brassaï at Céline, to Karl Lagerfeld's channeling of Jeff Koons for his venue and backdrop for his Pantone paint palette dresses at Chanel, to Miuccia Prada's politically charged wall art inspired illustrations. And at Fendi and Valentino, contemporary geometric and mod abstracts echoed the art school influence seen elsewhere. The final exhibit: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac proves Jay Z isn’t the only one who wants to be like Picasso and promises a season illustrated by any medium, including paint brushes, spray cans and graphite.