Wear It / Hang It: Art Embodying Spring Fashion Trends

Yesterday marked the first installment of a new editorial column I will be writing on Artspace.com, entitled “On Trend.” I am so excited that Artspace asked me to write about the various crossovers between art and fashion, and it was only fitting that my first article (which you can read here) provide a brief history of art and fashion collaborations. For today’s On Trend, and in honor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I pulled together a roundup of some of Spring’s chicest looks—and the artworks that echo them. Below, I expanded upon that theme. Happy New York Fashion Week!!

TREND: Black-and-White Graphic Prints

After a year of color blocking and bold, bright hues, designers this season went back to the basics with mod looks in black and white.

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The Clothes: Balmain / Celine … The Art: Franz Kline

Trend: Cutouts

The midriff-bearing trend of 2012 has evolved into a new obsession with all-over cutouts this spring, with exposed patches of skin peeking out in almost every runway show.

The clothes: The art:

The Clothes: Alexander Wang / Sass & Bide … The Art: Lucio Fontana

TrendOversized Ruffles

The ruffle—often used in sweet, demure ensembles—can be seen this season adding architectural flares and lots of impact to monotone looks.

The Clothes:

The Clothes: Gucci / Balenciaga … The Art: Richard Serra

TrendBold Stripes

We now know that striples come in all shapes and sizes, with various iterations of this classic pattern highlighting a multitude of runway looks. This season’s trend focuses on big, bold stripes for a statement look.

The Clothes

The Clothes: Marc Jacobs / Michael Kors … The Art: Ian Davenport

Trend: White Hot

Generally a summer staple, white is staking its claim early this year. This season, the monochromatic neutral is appearing in all shapes and sizes, including structural dresses, menswear looks, and lacy-delicate fabrics. Pair it with a lucite heel, and your clean crisp look will be utter perfection.

The Clothes: The Art:

The Clothes: Dior / Valentino … The Art: Agnes Martin

Trend: Electric Colors

Neons are everywhere this season despite the fact that black and white continued its reign. The bright hues are lighting up both clothing and accessories—which is perfect for anyone hoping for an attention-grabbing outfit.

The clothes: The art:

The Clothes: Carolina Herrera / Reem Acra … The Art: Mark Rothko

Trend: Floral Delights

All things are blooming this spring, with the perennial favorite print making both a romantic and graphic revival. Raf Simons transformed his entire runway debut for Dior into a blossoming garden, with the walls of each room packed floor to ceiling with a different colored flower.

The Clothes:

The Clothes: Paul and Joe / Erdem … The Art: Peter Dayton

Trend: Global Influences

Designers often look abroad for inspiration, but this season is ripe with influences from the Far East in terms of color palettes, patterns, and embellishments. Asian-influenced prints made their rounds this season, with bold reds as a central component.

The Clothes:

The Clothes: Miu Miu / Prada … The Art: Raqib Shaw

Trend: Emerald Green

Pantone has labeled this jewel-like hue the 2013 Color of the Year, and the sartorial set has taken note, donning the shade of green from head to toe.

The Clothes:

The Clothes: Gucci / Reem Acra … The Art: Josef Albers

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Favorite Looks from the Golden Globes

Sunday night was a bit hectic – both for myself and for my DVR. The Golden Globe Awards aired at the same time as many of my favorite series, including Girls, Revenge, and Downton Abbey. Needless to say, I more than managed, taking in all the red carpet looks for the second-most important awards show of the season. Overall I thought the fashion was kind of … meh, which was fine, because that meant nothing could distract me from endlessly gawking over Ben Affleck or laughing at Tina and Amy, who, I might add, did not get enough air time if you ask me. A few looks left me puzzled, such as Jennifer Lawrence’s Dior boobs that ruined an otherwise gorgeous dress and Rachel Weisz’s polka dot bed skirt look, and very few looks “wowed” me, but that just leaves so much to be desired for with the Oscars next month. So here we go, my personal fashion awards for the 2013 Golden Globes:

Best Color – Jessica Alba (in Oscar de la Renta)

Honorable Mention – Jennifer Garner (in Vivienne Westwood), Naomi Watts (in Zac Posen)

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Best Black – Kate Hudson (in Alexander McQueen)

Honorable Mention – Allison Williams (in J. Mendel – google image the back!), Amy Phoeler (in Stella McCartney)

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Best Hot Momma – Claire Danes (in Versace)

Honorable Mention – Megan Fox (in Dolce & Gabbana)

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Best White – Michelle Dockery (in Alexandre Vauthier Couture)

Honorable Mention – Amanda Seyfried (in Givenchy Haute Couture), Alicia Vikander (in Chanel — WHY ISN’T ANYBODY TALKING ABOUT THIS DRESS???)

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Best Sparkle – Kerry Washington (in Miu Miu)

Honorable Mention – Emily Blunt (in Michael Kors), Helen Hunt (in Dolce & Gabbana)

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What’s Old is New Again…

I have yet to come across an October fashion mag that hasn’t featured this ultra-mod dress with a modern twist (the cutout/sheer trend) by Miu Miu. Chloe Sevengny, a spokesperson for the brand, also donned said dress on the red carpet at the Met’s Costume Institute Gala earlier this year. And when I see it, all I can think about is a 1960s Paco Rabanne mini dress with the same, tiered mirrored look. Resemblance? Let me know if you agree!

Paco Rabanne, Evening Dress, 1965 (image via The Metropolitan Museum of Art); Chloe Sevengny in the Miu Miu cocktail dress, 2012 at the Met Gala earlier this year