The shape of fashion to come? Easel does it!
Once again, fashion's having a moment - like the moment it had in 1965 when Yves Saint-Laurent took the bold geometry of Piet Mondrian's art from the canvas to his iconic wool and jersey dresses. Fashion has, once again begun another love affair with its old flame - art - and it's never burned brighter. In a year when the Frieze Art Fair claimed its place on fashion's annual calendar, it stands to reason that the collaborations between artists and designers are cropping up in their droves. Burberry channelled the playful, quirky colour palette of David Hockney for an aesthetic that proved bold in more ways than one - the label's designer Christopher Bailey summed it up when he said "I love the way Hockney wears colour, so that you're never completely sure how deliberately the look is put together." Prada, meanwhile, took her vision to the streets with oversized mural-style face motifs. Richard Nicoll has been working with artist Linder Sterling since 2009. If the name doesn't mean that much to you, Sterling was the designer of the Buzzcocks' 1977 single Orgasm Addict (pictured on the far left of the collage). The designing duo can currently be seen making exhibitions of themselves in their upcoming S/He unisex clothing line. Of course, while we're on the subject of music being fused immovably with fashion in the ever-unravelling tapestry of youth culture (a phrase I feel unnervingly old using, but still), no commentary would be complete without a mention of Lady Gaga's ARTPOP album. Who better than Gaga to be immortalised in the form of a Jeff Koons sculpture on the cover? As a purveyor of the DIY fashion art, my favourite take so far has come from J-Crew's paint-splattered line. Already tipped to be a style staple for next spring, it will surely inspire copious copies on the high street and craft boards of Pinterest, alike. Frankly, given that fashion has been struggling to find anything satisfactorily directional to rebel against for quite some time, there's an innate satisfaction of purposely splattering your old favourite jeans in a way your mum would have shackled you within the confines of unflattering, 'practical' overalls in order to avoid. A mess can't be beautiful? What a load of Pollocks!