Monday, 21 April 2014

Judgement Day

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As the worlds of fashion and art collided on the Spring/Summer 2014 catwalks, a new woman was born...

Large grotesque eyes, thick wavy hair and a stare which told the world, Miuccia Prada was here to make her spring statement, her Spring Thesis. 'I was concerned with women and the strength of women. We are here, we are strong, we are visible, we are kind of fighters,' Miuccia seemed to chant at the eager press backstage at her revolutionary Spring 2014 show. Her eccentric mix of art and fashion captivated the catwalk, empowering women through bejewelled bras, knee high socks and of course, printed faces made up of blonde, wavy hair and two blue eyes. For Spring 2014, designers took inspiration from the contemporary thrilling world of art; looking to women as their new muse.

Phoebe Philo seemed to spatter the minimalist Celine with bright colours this season, as carefully tailored coats and dresses were given an artistic flare. Chiffon skirts floated down the runway, double breasted coats looked elegant while shift dresses complemented the female figure to perfection. However, this season the Celine woman was taking a walk on the creative side, as cleverly designed prints of what looked like careless flicks of Monet's paintbrush, were sprayed across almost every look giving a shocking graffiti effect. Now you never thought you'd see graffiti and Celine in the same sentence, did you? For these bursts of colour stood as a symbol stating that women are indeed strong, fearless and extremely fashionable. A little like Philo really.

If there was any designer this season who directly made reference to the world of Fine Art, it was the genius himself, Mr Karl Lagerfeld. We always expect something special, something extraordinary from Chanel, and this season we were invited to witness a timeless Chanel masterpiece. Everything about this show related to art. From the soundtrack, which was suitably Jay-Z's 'Picasso Baby' blaring through the speakers, to the enormous set which consisted of various art installations bearing the famous Chanel logo, this was indeed a celebration of artistic talents. And who could forget the clothes? Summer dresses looked as though they had been dipped into an artists paint palette, classic tweed suits were smothered in every colour of the rainbow while even a swimming costume paired with a cropped red cardigan looked as if Lagerfeld had spent far too much time picking up colour swatches in Homebase! Anyhow, he seems to have spring covered, in style, elegance and poise.

The ongoing debate into whether fashion is type of art form and consequently, can fashion designers be seen as a kind of contemporary artist is still highly questionable. What we do know is that fashion can bring art to life, communicated through the movement of clothes, while at the same time honouring legendary artists who have left their mark, quite literally on society.  As the spring catwalks advised, perhaps its time we started wearing our art on our sleeve...