How to channel the modern art trend in fashion

There’s one trend this season that’s all about showing off your artistic side. From bold Bauhaus motifs to soft paintbrush prints and novelty pop art accessories, designers have taken inspiration from art movements throughout history.

The artistic references have trickled down into clothes on the high street too and the good news is, this trend is really diverse, and super chic.

1. Bauhaus

Prada women's Fall-Winter 2014-15Prada women’s Fall-Winter 2014-15 (Antonio Calanni/AP/PA)

To balance out all the jolly sheepskin coats in the Prada AW/14 collection, angular patterns were distinctly reminiscent of the Bauhaus, a movement founded in post-World War One Germany.  Debenhams Red Herring dress Red Herring Geo Print dress, £35, Debenhams Red Herring (Handout/PA)

To make Bauhaus work for you, keep the rest of your outfit on the minimal side. Pick one muted tone from your Bauhaus print – cream, maroon or khaki, say – and match block colour separates. A cashmere roll-neck is the perfect accompaniment to this look. Topshop SkirtTopshop glitter jacquard pelmet skirt, £36 (Handout/PA)

2. Blooms

Cara Delevingne models on the catwalk during the Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2014 (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Called The Bloomsbury Girls, Christopher Bailey’s collection for Burberry was influenced by painter Vanessa Bell, a member of the arty London set active in the first half of the 20th Century. The catwalk was full of flowing Forties-style dresses and trenches covered in big, watercolour blooms and abstract flowers. Wallis Floral Print Shirt dress. WallisFloral Print Shirt dress, £65 (Handout/PA)

Take inspiration by day with a loose shirt dress in a blurred floral print, or a flowery sweater. Burberry Brit sweater, Net-a-Porter Burberry Brit sweater, £350 (ouch), Net-a-Porter(Handout/PA)

Or steal a styling tip from the Burberry girls – drape a large square silk scarf round your neck, cinch under a skinny belt at the waist and let the ends billow around you.

 3. Cubism

?Helmut Lang Autumn collection last year?Helmut Lang Autumn collection last year (Anna Morgowicz/ABACA USA/Empics)

Before Bauhaus came Picasso’s Cubism, and the likes of Helmut Lang and David Koma have been inspired by this avant-garde movement. Next shirt Next swing shirt, £28 (Handout/PA)

To discover this look on the high street, go for irregular check shirts and printed trousers in black, white or navy, to pair with a dark slim-cut blazer and gold accessories for the office. TK MAXX Asymmetric Skirt TK MAXX Asymmetric Skirt, £39.99 (Handout/PA)

Introduce winter pastels into your wardrobe with a midi or asymmetrical skirt, and pair with a long powder pink or blue coat. As with Bauhaus, don’t mix your motifs – let the prints do the talking.

 4. Pop art

A model wears an accessory created by Anya Hindmarch during London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014Anya Hindmarch’s Autumn/Winter collection at London Fashion Week 2014 (Jonathan Short/AP)

Inspired by pop art from the likes of Andy Warhol, Chanel went all supermarket chic – everything from milk cartons to grocery baskets, transformed into high-end arm-candy. This year designer Anya Hindmarch got in on the action. New Look black chocolate bar bag New Lookblack chocolate bar clutch, £12.99 (Handout/PA)

Autumn/winter pop art accessories feature everything from lipsticks to donuts and champagne bottles to chocolate bars flying off the shelves – in clutch bag form, of course. Lulu Guinness lipstick ClutchLulu Guinnesslipstick Clutch, £350. Yes this is a handbag – a very expensive one (Handout/PA)

They may not be the most practical of accessories, but they’re fun for a party ensemble, and give any all-black outfit an arty edge.


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