Fashion is Art

Art and fashion collide in the Spring 2013 collections with dip dye, hand colouring, photo prints and quilted fabrics


Greta Gerwig; Photo by Max Abadian

Oh my goodness! How long have we been made to wait to try out our warm weather wardrobes, our joyfully purchased sandals (is love blind?!), our dresses, our…shorts! But now, still slowly as we go to press, but palpably, the shift has happened: balmy air beckons for even as much as an hour here or there (it is Canada!). And, as though apprehending the intensity of our anticipation, designers are rushing forward with exceptionally thrilling offerings for late spring and early summer 2013.

The tech reference on Proenza Schouler’s found-image photo print dress, which was inspired by the random beauty of Tumblr surfing provoked lots of post-runway talk, but when you actually see it on our beautiful non-model cover star Greta Gerwig you understand why it’s so special. The double- faced satin creates a couture-like sense of construction. Combining that unusual use of a classic fabric with abstracted patterns, used as haute-quilting pieces sexily run on the bias, makes it feminine and cool, timeless and contemporary.

Photo by Max Abadian

Photo by Max Abadian

Alexander McQueen’s wasp-waisted, bee-inspired jacket is only one revelatory note in a kaleidoscope of suits in such genius fabrications, colours and shapes that we promise there’s one out there that feels custom made for you. (Who needs the career? We just want these suits!)

Photo by Norman Wong

Photo by Norman Wong

Similarly, there’s a deliciously fresh movement afoot to make clothes as special as paintings through dip-dyeing and hand-colouring. We took the best of these (including Miu Miu’s to-dye-for red clutch coat) to key Toronto art studios, because the ground-breaking work of our best artists inspires us to make the most of our own daily creative acts—and the most pleasurable one of all, now that getting out the door feels easy again, is, of course, getting dressed.