Being fashionable is quite an art.

Lana Del Rey wearing S.S Louis Vuitton
Bridget Riley
Gucci fringed leather skirt £1,710, Thakoon Addition printed woven top £185
Erdem Ez plisse chiffon skirt £980
Bridget Riley
Monsoon Skirt £55 Dress £75

Naomi Campbell wears dress print of Andy Warhol's Art.
Mick Jagger
Debbie Harry

Alexander McQueen - Ballgown
Lucien Freud paints Kate Moss

It always poses interesting to me when fashion is dismissed as an industry of vanity and self-indulgence. It is unavoidable, it hangs in our wardrobes, it is flung over the back of our chair and you associate memories with colours of dresses or shirts. The effect of great clothes is immeasurable. Sure, there are elements that are not so wholesome what with advertising utilising insecurities and as price tags soar the recession deepens. I bid you to show me an industry where there aren’t less than desirable sides to its coin. The advantages and beauty of fashion is it can be so utterly beautiful. We all need aesthetically pleasing escapism while we’re feeling the wrath of the economic climate. Well this, my friends, comes in the form of fashion, art, theatre, music... They all overlap. Theatre contains music, music contains fashion, fashion contains art and art contains the world. Those that “enjoy culture, but just don’t get fashion”, c’est impossible! It’s all hand in hand, part in parcel of the eccentricity of this universe. Glorious, isn’t it?
Above are pieces from this season that to me look inspired by two artists; Bridget Riley and Monet. I went to a Bridget Riley exhibition when I was a reluctant eleven/twelve year old with my parents and instantly fell in love with her. Ever since any geometric, illusion type imagery reminds me of her, which is exactly what the shift dress and pencil skirt from Monsoon did. They transported me to that gallery. Bridget Riley work was also shown in the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on Queens road recently, a quiet open pan set up. That was a pleasurable blast from the past to see the striped explosions of colour again.
Tribal geometric prints have had a large prominence for the African inspired urban safari look. The Gucci and Thakoon Addition pieces above nod to both the art and fashion references. Wear the skirt with a finely knit tank or t-shirt in white for a subtle look or chose an of the moment neon piece to contrast wildly. The t-shirt has versatility painted all over it and can be worn with more formal cigarette pants or teamed with denim for a more understated look.
As far as other arts go look no further than last month’s British Vogue cover girl, Lana Del Rey. On the music scene for no more than five minutes and she becomes a fashion phenomenon with an old school look prominent on our runways today. Nostalgia has never been more now. Del Rey exemplifies that with the gravelly tones of her voice and her high waisted femininity. Almost immediately one design house saw the profitability available on the Lana band wagon. Mulberry made the Del Rey bag... Music and fashion undeniably go hand in hand. Just look at snapshots from any music festival the array of eccentricity is enough to inspire any designer. Think Madonna, Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry, Lady Gaga…
The V&A regularly has fashion inspired exhibitions gracing its walls. The Golden Age of Couture was inspirational and played a significant part in my pre-1990 fashion education (i.e. before I was born). Coming in the month of May is a couple of interesting exhibitions I shall be attending. In particular ‘Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950’ begins 19th May – 6 January 2013. It shows sixty pieces worn to extraordinary events from state affairs, royal balls, private parties and opening nights. Including designs from Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Saunders and Hussein Chalayan, shown alongside dresses fresh from the catwalk shows of Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham.
So in conclusion, if anyone deems themselves exempt from fashion, ask them if they go to the cinema? Listen to the radio? Theatre? Galleries? No? Ah but they watch Mad Men. Well, then, I rest my case. Fashion is unavoidable and very relevant.

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