This year had seen an influx of art designs and graffiti like prints and it is set to continue with Burberry’s Autumn/Winter 2014 collection.
Bold artistic prints can be striking, however, they must be done in the right way. Zara looked to follow the graffiti style and meld with sports wear fashion material that has also been on trend this year. Many high street brands have styled up the sporty, foam-like material in sculpting dresses; leaders in clean lines, French Connection, even took on the sports materials for some of their structured dresses. Some of Zara’s attempts to cover both the graffiti and sports trend fell by the wayside with certain items.
This skirt, for example, half pencil skirt, half dip-hem midi skirt, succeeds with its bold graffiti pattern. The shape and the sports material however makes its fit unflattering. Even on a small figure, the pencil skirt falls disappointingly short, looking great from the loose fitting dip-hem side with its stiff waves, and unflattering on the pencil skirt side. Imagine the beauty of this sharp pattern printed on a soft, sleek silk.
But now to Burberry, boy have they come a long way since designing trench coats for World War One, their a/w 14 collection displays, amongst other stunning designs, artistic prints enveloping flowing shirt dresses. They example confidently how well art can work alongside fashion as their unique prints look as though they have been individually printed, daubed, as if part of a watercolour painting.
Burberry coupled these daubed dresses with similarly printed, flowing scarves, tucked into slim, cinching waist belts. The rest of the collection was suitably stylish, layering up light, feminine materials and delicate lace under oversized, masculine coats which hark back to those iconic, gabardine World War One trench coats.
Burberry certainly sings at the top of British fashion and knows exactly how to turn our clothing into works of art.