Have you ever noticed how recent fashion trends such as color-blocking, ombre, bold colors and sequins reflect popular past artists? When I get dressed in the morning or style for my own shoots as a fashion blogger I use a myriad of sources for inspiration including magazines, celebrity looks, graffiti and yes, even art.
Artists like Paul Kee, Francis Beamon and even Picasso were well known for their use of color and vivid imagery. If you look at modern day designers and design houses like Dior, Peter Pilotto or even more contemporary designers like Rebecca Minkoff you can clearly see pieces of the aforementioned artists reflected in their work. I know art definitely influences me, and I think street style favorites like Anna Dello Russo would do artists like Picasso proud. Even Lady Gaga’s bondage outfits remind me of the self-portraits by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. While you may not instantly associate a trend you see on the red carpet or runway with art, you should look closer, the two are almost always intertwined.
So how do I personally incorporate art in my own wardrobe? Many different ways, but one of them is looking to graffiti. As a native New Yorker who grew up in the 90s, the art form was everywhere for a while. On the trains, streets and even on stores. While of course it’s deplorable to deface public property, some of these “works” were actually quite inspiring. Now that I live in LA I still sometimes see this “art form” and am immediately reminded of my childhood and NYC. Tough, grunge and with a little bit of glam is usually how I dress the next day. Hey, if artist and designer Stephen Sprouse’s graffiti themed designs were good enough for Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton, it’s good enough for me!
So what about you? How do you incorporate art in your fashion choices and wardrobes?