Surrealist fashion on the runways of (from left to right): Rodarte, Diane Von Furstenberg and Lanvin
For autumn, fashionistas are taking a walk on the wildside, as surrealist prints create plenty of drama. The trend has been lingering in the air for sometime thanks to the launch of the Metropolitan Museum of New York’s “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” exhibition which just closed. Then you have the upcoming launch of the House of Schiaparelli (which is owned by the Tod’s Group). For those of you not in the know, Elsa Schiaparelli was a Paris-based couturier, and famed rival of Coco Chanel. She rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s, and was known for her cool collaborations with artists like Salvador Dali, which merged the worlds of fashion and surrealism.
Schiaparelli at work (above)
This season fantasy returns to fashion as some of Schiaparelli most famous motifs such as hands, lips, clocks and eyes decorate accessories and ready-to-wear. Lanvin sent out lips and hand jewels while Comme des Garcons’ Rei Kawakubo confused us with cut-out “flat” coats. For inspiration look no further Lady Gaga or Isabella Blow. Hey I heard you are a wild one!
Surrealist accessories (from top left clockwise): DVF bag, Butler & Wilson brooch, Charlotte Olympia Pumps and Solange Azagury-Partridge ring
Some of our top picks:
Diane Von Furstenberg’s hands dress
Charlotte Olympia’s Luna pumps
Solange Azagury Partridge’s hot lips ring
Butler & Wilson’s eye brooch with a large crystal teardrop
Diane Von Furstenberg’s limited edition clock circle clutch
Markus Lupfer Vampire Lip sequinned sweater