Yves Saint Laurnet’s Mondrian Dress from FW 1965 personifies the intersection between art and fashion. This grid-based print revolutionized the fashion world then and is still admired today – but really, how could you ever go wrong with a shift dress from the 60s? Similar to Saint Laurnet’s forward thinking, countless designer have taken on the task of reinventing a classic fur coat for fall using geometric shapes and bright colors.
While just a few seasons ago fashion houses were using patchwork as a way to lessen the amount of fur used for a garment, this season is all about unnecessary -but always welcome- excess. While Phoebe Philo used strips of fur as the main ingredient in adding cohesion to her Celine collection for Fall, Peter Pilotto relied on colorful fur to transform his summery dresses into cold weather material. Few things get me more excited than amazing coats for fall.
Now, the even more exciting part. I was first introduced to the work of Richard Artschwager in October and immediately fell in love with his interpretation of sculpture. Just as countless designers have modernized a classic for fall, Artschwager reinvents simple shapes, like cubes and chairs, by way of colors and clean lines. His very contemporary take on furniture suggests him to be a modern day Lalanne – yet another source of inspiration for Mr.Saint Laurent. When I was scouring countless collections for examples of fur blocking, every piece I saw in some way reminded me of Artschwager’s work.
This is a fashion editorial begging to be done! Check out how even more major these Givenchy looks are alongside Artschwager’s tricolor chair. I really hope a publication with an insanely large budget does an Artschwager x fur blocking spread for fall!…