SS18- Wearable Art?

Back in September, we saw the trend precedents set for Spring and Summer 2018. Among them, sheer fabrics, the comeback of the bumbag, ice cream pastel shades and wearable art. Quite literally. And the ‘Applied Art’ trend is one which I have been tasked with looking into as part of my university Christmas brief.

Amongst sheer mesh fabrics at the likes of Erdem, Dolce and Gabbana and Dior, we also saw the likes of Versace and Missoni send their models down the catwalk in Crayola like colour palettes, printed garments that seemed to resemble the works of artists such as Keith Haring and Andy Warhol.


The presence of this trend alongside the likes of other more muted and ‘delicate’ looks that we saw grace the catwalk just goes to show how versatile the fashion industry is these days and it also seems that there’s an ‘anything goes’ attitude amongst designers. Dolce and Gabbana  put out a sheer, figure hugging dress in black mesh that doesn’t leave much to the imagination whilst at the other end of the spectrum, Acne Studios and Roksanda are releasing everything from trench coats to dresses in rainbow colour schemes.


I am a self confessed lover of colour so I will definitely enjoy researching the ‘Applied Art’ trend of SS18 as a part of my Christmas brief. Whether that be looking into the artists whose work has inspired this season’s prints themselves or simply diving deeper into the cheery colour spectrum that has sprung up on the catwalk which is undoubtedly a nod to the art world and the importance of colour within it.


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