Fashion Focus: Art-Inspired Fashion For Spring/Summer 2012

Art and fashion fusion is regarded by many as the epitome of a perfect symbiosis between these two similar in many ways yet very distinctive in nature fields of creation.  Fashion loves to be inspired by art resulting in astounding designs and captivating ideas that probably wouldn’t be achieved without the artistic inclinations.  Following the example of numerous fashion designers, the Spring/Summer 2012 fashion is saturated with the art-inspired theory merged with the fashion aesthetics in order to convey wearable art idea.

Prabal Gurung Spring 2012 Ad Campaign

Prabal Gurung ‘s Spring/Summer 2012 catwalk was inundated with the bold floral graphics maintained in the color combination of purple, black and green shades. The blossom motifs were typified on the “Sensual Flowers “series of Nobuyoshi Araki, created together with the London-based printmaker.

Nobuyoshi Araki “Sensual Flowers”

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Prabal Gurung Spring 2012 Runway
Prabal Gurung Spring 2012 Runway

The sensational effect of flowers conveys both the feminine eroticism and intrinsic power of women depicted on the ladylike vixen’s silhouettes accompanied with a great variety of fabrics from lightweight sylphs to lacquering latex, black leather accents and harness.

Jil Sander’s catwalk for Spring/Summer 2012 season was implemented with the art inspirations based on Pablo Picasso’ legacy. To be more specific, the Jil Sander’s line was accentuated with the graphics from Picasso’s ceramics. Thanks to the courtesy of Pablo Picasso’s family the designer was able to interpret some of the artworks of this icon of modernism in the fashion language.

Jil Sander 2012 Spring 2012 Runway
Pablo Picasso Artwork

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Jil Sander Spring 2012 Runway
Jil Sander Spring 2012 Runway

Apart from a strong aquatic message on the Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2012 catwalk there is also an equally strong merit of Gaudi’s architecture masterpieces in the intricate garment constructions under the helm of Sarah Burton. Corresponding to the soaring architecture of Gaudi, Sara Burton explains: “I focused on the contrast between elaborate ornamentation and clean lines and curves.”(

Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Ad Campaign
Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Runway
Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Runway
Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Runway
Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Família (1883–1926) Barcelona

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Mary Katrantzou’s distinctive graphic prints’ signature unites with art concept of crashed-car sculptures by John Chamberlain. The swirling graphics intertwine with the metal shine of crushed cars and floral motifs defining the Katrantzou’s recognition on the fashion stage.

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2012 Runway
John Chamberlain’s Crashed Car Sculpture
Mary Katrantzou Spring 2012 Runway
Mary Katrantzou Spring 2012 Runway



Donna Karan took inspirations from her trips to post- earthquake Haiti depicting the works of Haitian artist Philippe Dodar in the collection for Spring/Summer 2012 season. Tribal twist joins with the bold brush strokes on the body-conscious silhouettes. The images come along with the tough femininity notion of Donna Karan.

Donna Karan Spring 2012 Runway
Donna Karan Spring 2012 Ad campaign
Donna Karan Spring 2012 Runway
Donna Karan Spring 2012 Runway

Art-oriented background of Helmut Lang catwalk for Spring/Summer 2012 was rooted in the notion of prints merged with the artistic innovation of Richard Sierra. The creative duo of Nicole and Michael Colovos mixed their sense of biker chic with sporty elegance and extensive graphics in duo tone mode.

Helmut Lang Spring 2012 Runway
Richard Sierra’s sculptures
Helmut Lang Spring 2012 Runway
Helmut Lang Spring 2012 Runway


Narciso Rodriguez went into refined minimalism with asymmetrical cuts and hints of subtlety in the graphic prints for Spring/Summer 2012 season. The designer fascinated with the artistic background of Korean artist Kim Joon, expressed the poetry of tattoo body art on the clothing. Highlighting the idea of the body map, the collection is fulfilled with the squirmed drafts and brushstrokes.

Narciso Rodriguez Spring 2012 Runway
Kim Joon’s artwork
Narciso Rodriguez Spring 2012 Runway
Narciso Rodriguez Spring 2012 Runway

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United Nude Spring/Summer 2012 with the 20% discount!

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As one of the fans and admirers of United Nude‘ s innovative footwear signature I am very glad to announce that you can buy the models from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection with 20% discount at WWW.MADNESS-CLOTHING.COM online store.  All you need is to use discount code ” EDELSCOPE ” at the checkout on the store and the shoes are yours!

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132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE – Design of the Year 2012 Fashion Award

Mathematical precision of origami art with the fashion conscious wit were the most inspiring factors among others that enabled 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE to win an  “Oscar”  in the fashion category of Design of the Year 2012. The event was held on 23rd of April, 2012 in Design Museum in London.  With the high-grade fellows including Sara Burton from Alexander McQueen, Phebe Philo from Celine or young designer Mary Katrantzou, Issey Miyake conquered the hearts beating renowned wedding gown of the Duchess Kate along with the sensational exhibition “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” with his eco-friendly approach of fashion-forward concept merging traditional Japanese art and sartorial aesthetics at the high-fashion rate.

The awarded design of 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE was created by Issey Miyake and Reality Lab team – revolutionary collaboration aiming at innovative approach into the face of fashion with the core of experimental wearability. Following the dimensional inclinations of Issey Miyake‘s brand, the model is enhanced by the mathematical algorithms creating a great diversity of three-dimensional shapes. The groundbreaking idea transforms flat geometry pieces into the artful apparel. What is more, the 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE line has a very strong base for environmental protection thanks to the use of extraordinary yet generally acknowledged material – recycled PET products. As a new challenge, the line will definitely stand for creative innovations with the motto of “Regeneration and Re-creation” and the infinite aspiration to design “clothes that bring joy and happiness to wearers” <source>.

As one of the admirers of Issey Miyake’s signature I would like to congratulate this well-deserved award :)


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Fashion Photography: “Sea Change” by Matthieu Belin for LIFE Magazine


Chinese fashion designer Qui Hao

“Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes,
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change,
into something rich and strange,
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell,
Hark! now I hear them, ding-dong, bell.”

Poem by Shakespeare

The mysterious tranquility like the silence before the storm sets the vibe of “Sea Change” photographed by Matthieu Belin. Sustaining the intrinsic tension of the sea and its vulnerability to inconstancy, the theme balances between two worlds –  the metaphysical silence  and tough reality that put us against the storms. Like in the poems of Shakespeare we have to face the dualism of our existence – the world of perfection fulfilled in pure ideas and the struggle of real life that sometimes makes us impossible to live according the code of conduct.  Accompanied with the modern feel of Qui Hao‘s creation,  “The Sea Change” introduces us into the arcane tale with the sophisticated fashion message of ethereal fabrics in black deepness.

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Iris van Herpen X United Nude – FANG shoes

The awe-inspiring collaboration of talented fashion designer with innovative footwear brand just cannot go wrong especially when we think about the fusion of fashion and art in a wearable manner. Following the example of fruitful collaboration such as Iris van Herpen with United Nude served for the 5th time, there is a great scope for amazement in fashion going much further than just chic attributes and stylish manner of dress code.

When Iris van Herpen joins the forces with United Nude, we are introduced into the symbiosis of art, technology and design that clearly follow fashion aesthetics as well. The fifth collaboration of this talented designer with ultra modern shoe brand resulted in a FANG model. The design features the composition of 10 sharp teeth on the platform of each shoe. Maintained in a wedge convention, the model is crafted from fiberglass and carbon fiber constructed in a slow molding process.

The design of the shoes pursues peculiar yet captivating concept of the collection highly influenced by the scientific photography by Steve Gschmeissner. Transferring the vision of microscopic species into the garment code, Iris created breathtaking collection of sculptural pieces that perfectly accompany with the FANG shoe model. It was also a perfect occasion to display unique signature of Iris van Herpen. The collection for Spring/Summer 2012 season was presented in Paris where the designer was invited as an official guest of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture for the second time.

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