REPORT Ella March 20, 2014 Artists, Designers, Fashion Weeks, MESSFashion, Models, News, Shows, Style, Trends ART WORKS You’ve all heard it before, Fashion is an art. But this season the art lies in the fashion. Taking paint pots and pantone colour for inspiration, hot from this season’s catwalk collections one of my favourite trends of this spring/summer features bold primary colours, brush stroked onto clean line silhouettes. Paint-inspired prints alongside art nouveau, (thank you Aquilano Rimondi) were everywhere this year for all fashionista’s to make an exhibition of themselves, for all the right reasons. For the more daring among us why don’t you go head to toe in paint print? Just be sure the separates feature the same colour and tone as seen at Jil Sander. With those wanting to dip just a toe (or hand) in the trend, visit ASOS for the latest paint-inspired accessories, including this leather blue-splattered clutch bag below. ABOVE (from left) Aquilano Rimondi’s take on one of this season’s hottest trends. Brand new e-tailer Minnimoo’s art nouveau swim suit, which would look great doubled up as a bodysuit layered under a pair of denim shorts on your hols, getting you in on the trend at a snip of the price at just £19.99. Jil Sander does top to toe print in this paint explosion leaving the shoes white in keeping with the base colour of the pieces, somewhat reminiscent to a canvas. ASOS clutch bag, £35 LOOK PRETTY IN PINK Just as long as it’s in a shade of pastel; same goes for blue, green, yellow…Heck, any hue that looks good enough to wear! (And eat.) Pastel colours again I hear you cry?! Yes. Only this time they’ve had a fresh new update for 2014 and have been sliced, cut and manipulated in fabrics such as leather for a tough reinvention, as seen at the Burberry Prorsum show and Georgio Armani. Head to Missguided and Topshop for your on-trend pastel pieces now. ABOVE (From left) Burberry’s S/S’14 cut-out pastel collection starring Cara Delevigne. Armani’s use of sheer fabric with strong structured head wear creates a brilliant contrast between two different sorbet shades. BLING IT ON Along with Pastels, embellishment has also had a rebirth from the likes of Marni and Pucci in Milan, kicking up a sparkly storm on their catwalk shows. Jersey laden with jewels is this year’s hottest ticket to get aboard the trend, making it wearable and versatile like never before. Is this a clash of the 90’s trend with our current 2014 culture? Absolutely. Get yours now from any store as seen below. Alternatively, head down to Goldhawk road in shepherds bush and buy your own haberdashery, ready to customize an old jersey from your wardrobe. Make like Marni. GIVE YOUR WARDROBE A WORKOUT Sports lux is back with a 90’s spin in the works of luxurious fabrics contrasted with minimalistic silhouettes. Featured in the Marc Jacob’s and PRADA shows this trend is everywhere this summer, with the high street delivering some excellent pieces. Whether you choose a dress from boohoo.com or a bomber from River Island, this trend is not for the faint hearted and looks best when full commitment to the look is in play. Layer shorts under skirts, or tie a rebellious hood round your waist and stick a bomber over your back. I cant help but comment that this trend is ideal for the British weather. Just don’t confuse yourself with an extra from a 118 advert. I would also advise you all to check out American Apparel for some of the most genuine athletic-inspired pieces. That’s american apparel… not sports-world. ABOVE (From left) Marc by Marc Jacob’s sport’s-inspired (dare I say it), shorts tracksuit. PRADA’s slick s/s’14 ad campaign, shot by Steven Miesel.