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This sea­son, De­gas’s bal­leri­nas made a grace­ful ap­pear­ance at Bot­tega Veneta. There were no tu­tus to be found, but the soft, muted colours and easy move­ment of the looks re­call the mood of De­gas’s fa­mous pieces. To­mas Maier wisely re­it­er­ated these old ref­er­ences with an over­done trope, where pieces were made al­most en­tirely out of rich, high-gauge knit. at grand com­par­isons as in fash­ion im­i­tates art


In terms of em­brac­ing fem­i­nin­ity, Dolce & Gab­bana are ab­so­lute mas­ters. The col­lec­tion may have been heav­ier­handed with sil­hou­ettes drawn from the 1930s and 40s, but be­ing in­spired by fairy tale princesses, they took us back to the days of the Ro­coco. Clev­erly mar­ried with strict shapes and vi­brant colours, Dolce & Gab­bana brought clas­sic tales to the 21st cen­tury.


Since Alessan­dro Michele took over the helm at Gucci, his col­lec­tions have looked to the past for in­spi­ra­tion. His lat­est col­lec­tion was ripe with aes­thetic in­flu­ences that took us back to the Span­ish Re­nais­sance. One look in par­tic­u­lar was rem­i­nis­cent of a knight in shin­ing ar­mour, as seen in El Greco’s paint­ings—thick gold fringe, stones, and chain links, like the cer­e­mo­nial jew­els a knight would wear. for mag­nif­i­cent vol­umes Au­tumn/Win­ter


Marchesa’s Au­tumn/Win­ter ’16 run­way looks were made of dreams and fan­tasy. Painterly sto­ries were within each look, filled with ruf­fles like a de­con­structed ver­sion of John Singer Sar­gent’s Miss Grace Woodhouse’s evening dress. Grace­ful fem­i­nin­ity in­spired both the paint­ing and the run­way look. ’16. Fash­ion and art ex­ist in separate spheres that, more of­ten than not, over­lap. There is also the eter­nal de­bate that ques­tions if fash­ion is in­deed art. While the lat­ter’s in­flu­ence on the for­mer is in­dis­putable, it can be dif­fi­cult to say. Re­gard­less, pick­ing apart the ref­er­ences that made its way from de­sign­ers’s minds to tan­gi­ble clothes on the run­way this sea­son, it seems that cre­ative en­deav­ours do re­flect each other. The shows re­flected rich­ness in in­spi­ra­tion, and per­haps, a need to push cer­tain aes­thetic ideas to the fore­front with a lit­tle help from good old-fash­ioned fine art.

Dolce & Gab­bana Au­tumn/Win­ter ’16 Miss Grace Woodhouse, 1890, by John Singer Sar­gent Marchesa Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’16

Bal­let Dancers, 1877, by Edgar De­gas Bot­tega Veneta Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’16

A Game of Hot Cock­les, 1775-80, by Jean-Honoré Frag­o­nard

Gucci Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’16

Saint Martin and the Beg­gar, 1597-99, by El Greco

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