Back to (art) school

Saturday 15 September 2012



Seems several designers have picked up their paintbrushes and returned to their art-school roots. Antoni & Alison decorated hyper-real prints and oversized gingham with vivid, naive Howard Hodgkin-style broad strokes or spray-paint splodges on a collection of simple silk dresses. “I don’t know what we’re trying to do,” said Antoni, pre-show. “It’s an experiment.” For fine-artists-turned-designers Fyodor Golan, showing their fourth collection, it felt like a trip to Middle-earth, with molten-like painted prints on ruffled dresses, or wafting silk minis in a blurry mix of oranges and yellows. “We work painting into our collections, it’s very spiritual for us,” said Golan Frydman, backstage. For Maria Grachvogel (left), a more subtle mood: signature painterly artwork was lightly placed on sleeve scarves, or as mirror-image digital prints on halter-neck dresses or draped silk tops. “My painted print this season felt more angular, like lava erupting,” she said, after the show.

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