Novel Idea

De­sign­ers go back to art school for their lat­est col­lec­tions that ref­er­ence em­blems, brush­strokes and book jack­ets. Art thou hip?

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

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.


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