Spring is my favorite time of the year. It’s when dead trees spring to life and flowers bloom where just dirt and snow sat for months and months. Just like in the world, the dark colors of fall and winter fashion transition into colors, and practical pieces can be shunned to make room for more whimsical looks full of freedom and flirtiness. Spring/Summer 2014 kind of takes that to the next level by taking the quirky stylings of pop art and using them as prints and patterns on the runway. It makes for an energizing look to get you through those rainy spring days.
There are a lot of different ways to wear this look. For the truly daring, I’d go with Prada, where women’s faces were plastered on everything from purses to fur coats. Honestly, even though I don’t even wear many prints or patterns, I found their collection to be really colorful and exciting. The only thing I really had against it was the bras over the top of everything, which I just thought was totally weird, but the rest of the collection made me just kind of happy and giddy. If I was wearing one of those pieces, I’d probably be skipping down the street singing “Supermodel” by Jill Sobule (since I ALWAYS seem to be singing this song, or “If I Only Had a Brain,” which doesn’t really bode well for my self-esteem). For those of you who might not know the song, it’s the song from the scene in Clueless where Cher and Dionne give Tai a makeover. If you don’t even know it from there, then you’re speaking heresy. That movie is a must for any fashionista.
Not into women’s faces, then go for the lips all over the clothes at Giles. They’d be a good opening line for a conversation, and if you wanted to get cheeky, they’d be good for that too. What I like best is that you just can’t be in a bad mood wearing these pieces. If you work at a place that’s conservative, you can wear one of the pieces with just a small amount of lips that people could assume were flowers unless they look close. But if you don’t, then don one of these pieces and just really go for it and you’ll have an absolutely cheerful day.
Another option is to go for a print that doesn’t involve body parts, since that could be considered a less out there, or at least here in Utah where fashion is pretty conservative. They probably think I’m crazy with some of the things I wear, or want to wear, that would be normal at Fashion Week, but put me in the mental institution here. Anyway, if that’s what you’re after, Andrew Gn is a good choice for that. His pieces were made up of guitars and vases. Well, or tiny eyeballs, which I guess is a body part, but they’re more graphic than realistic so I don’t think they really count.
Jean-Charles de Catelbajac was really, really cool. Sure, it’s body parts again, but they’re done in a different way that makes me kind of not think of them the same way. Instead of being glamorous or anything, these consist of rough sketches of faces or bright color-blocking with dark arms and hands breaking it up, creating structure to them. Then there are the ones just made of words, reminding me of the beginning of every Simpsons episode when Bart has to write something over and over again on the chalkboard. Then there’s the flirty sunglasses made out of lips or the word “glamour.” The ones with people on them are kind of like a 12-year-old artist drew on fabric that someone turned into clothes. I really like that. The not trying too hard while still making a fashion statement and being on trend.
Paule Ka was likewise pretty colorful, embracing the look that I most liken with pop art: the boxes of different colors and the same picture. Jil Sander let loose with a few bold looks that, to me, totally stole the whole show. Christoper Kane created his pieces out of edgy arrows mixed with enormous flowers and taglines that, somehow, come together into a chic package. Christian Dior went a safer direction by just using a few choice words to make their statement.
If that’s still too much, then you can go with something a little closer to what Isa Arfen did on two pieces. On otherwise white pieces she threw a splash of color with eyes made-up with pop art eyeshadow. But if you’re more into the classic, then you’ll probably be more for the black and white sketches from Antonio Marras. They’re drawn on such feminine pieces that you kind of have to look close to realize that they’re anything but. They’re so pretty that I want to staple them to a canvas and put them on my wall.
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