Designers go back to art school for their latest collections that reference emblems, brushstrokes and book jackets. Art thou hip?
Making silent music across the Dior Homme spring collection (right) are the lines of radio frequency bands. Squiggling across chests, collars and arms, they harmonise with graphic prints in bright red, technical green, yellow and blue. If clothes could be amplified, the soundtrack to this collection would be electronic. Hermès and Burberry Prorsum share a novel idea—scarves inspired by classic book jackets. Prorsum runs with the theme for its main collection, using hand-painted illustrations and typography. Even fabric has a touch of the bookish about it, with paperweight cotton and leather in a parchment palette. Broad brushstrokes paint Kenzo’s suits in art-school cool as bold monochrome shapes define shoes and bags, even dotting cheeks and foreheads on the catwalk. It’s graphic-fantastic.