Friday, 31 August 2012

A 5-Year Fall Retrospective: It's Black, It's White...

"It's black, It's's tough for you to get by
It's black, it's white , whoo - ooh, yee-yee-ye"
Remember those lines from Michael Jackson's "Black or White"? Those words been running through my head all week long '... if you're thinking 'bout my baby, it don't matter if you're black or white'? Oh, Michael! And, Fall trends over the years certainly prove MJ right... so, if you're looking to win the style jackpot wherever! whenever! whoever you are! - then you must trust in the power of the "All-Black" and the "All-White" (well, that's another story-for another day).

Black Fashion Styling: The Trend That Never Quits!
A classic wardrobe staple, black is stylish, edgy and always in season! From the Little Black Dress, the Classic Black Jacket to the always-handy black pumps, black styling over centuries have given us many classic staples that prove you can never go wrong all-blacked up. Flexible too, all-black style transcends fashion genres and easily flows from classic and elegant, goth and mysterious, to frilly and ladylike... damn hawt! We're going down memory lane, and drawing great tips from all-black fall trends from the past five years. Enjoy...
Fall/Winter 2008-2009
Revamped Classics
Jean Paul Gaultier/Chanel/Dior/Moschino/Valentino
Our Lesson:
Black is classic. Undeniably so. But classic can be a tad conservative. To rev up your style-ometer with black classics for fall, try updated takes on the old classics - try a shiny black trench, a bulbous black jacket or a LBD with an edgy twist. To stand out some more in your good ol' classics, wear statement accessories that'll bring the pop factor back to town.
Fall/Winter 2009-2010
Textured Chic
Tadashi Shoji/William Rast/Louise Goldin/Nicole Miller/Terexov
Our Lesson:
A perfect way to glam up your all black look is to mix it up by wearing different textures - shiny with matte, velvet with cotton, sequins with lace, knits with wovens, sheers with opaques, etc. That way, you are decked all in black - but you don't look boring or Addams-sy!
Fall/Winter 2010-2011
Luxurious Drapes
Alexander Wang/Derek Lam/Donna Karan/Narciso Rodriguez/Elie Saab

Our Lesson:
Black is elegant and chic but black can also be a tad bland, lets admit it. It comes with intrigue, goes with everything else but lacks the sass, the vibrancy of bright colours. To make more of a statement with your all-black look, wear draped designs and looks. They feature stylish complicated ruching and artful gathers that are ultra-femme, breathe elegance, give life to dull outfits and make a bold statement too - a true statement of luxury and class!
Fall/Winter 2011 - 2012
The Lady Meets the Tramp
Jason Wu/Gareth Pugh/Prabal Garung/Vera Wang/Lanvin
Our Lesson:
We love the sheer delicacy of lace and chiffon, and how they effortlessly bring our feminity to the fore... But what we love even more, is when the nice girl gets tough! An awesome way to give some character to your all-black look this fall is to mix girly and delicate styles with some good ol' tough and edgy 'vixen' sass... and leave them all wondering who you really are... How we'd wear this trend would be to throw a zip-detailed bomber jacket on a delicate chiffon gown or to pair a long sleeved lace minidress with thigh-high leather boots, a sleeveless leather vest and spiked accessories!
Fall/Winter 2012 - 2013
A Touch of Gold
Dolce and Gabbana/Ferragamo/Jason Wu/Marni/Versace
Our Lesson:
Who says all-black has to be all black? We love how a touch of gold makes all black more glamorous and classy without losing its edginess or touch of fetish glamour. Whether it's exploring the Sicilian Baroque style, embroidered with beads or handworked with gold lace, stitching and embroidery, gold accents pumped the 'All-Black' up in royal style this year, and it gave us many swell ideas too!
To cap it all up, here's a look at Michael Jackson's "Black or White", one of our favourite videos of all time. As little kids, we used to watch this video over and over and over again...
So, will you be rocking all black this fall?
Here, we're counting on seeing a lot of bold embellishments, layers, sheer fabric and glitter,(lots of glitter) this year.  We'd love to know how YOU plan to wear the all-black look ...
Ciao, and have a fun-tastic weekend!


Friday, 24 August 2012

Tobi: Have You Seen Me Lately?

I'm really feeling myself lately. Two Reasons. One, Mum spent this week with me in Lagos, so check fun, bonding, laughter, shopping, advice and "girl" time! *sigh*!! Two, I got me a new weave, and I am loving it! It's really soft and requires little maintenance (no oils, no sprays - I just finger style with water and that's it! Honestly!) That's mane-heaven right there - and I don't get scared of drizzles anymore. What. Amazingness. Just in case you've all forgotten what I look like (no personal style posts lately, sorry *hiding face*), here are two pictures of me rocking my new mane - this week- what do you think? 
Tuesday: Coral Princess
Thursday: Rasta Tones 
Pretty boho, isnt't it? I'm wearing Outre Premium Natural Indian Human Hair - Baby Soft Wave 14". The weave is actually quite affordable,  and costs just $37.99 (here and here) plus, you only need about two or three packs!

And... someone else hasn't seen me lately!
I got an incredible poem from my amazing amazing friend, Uzo. We share these amazing poems (well, his are amazing?)  from time to time, especially when we haven't talked in a while or just want to say hi, or on birthdays, etc... It's an amazing friendship that we have, truly. We have had so many conversations via poetry, you wouldn't believe ... back and forth.. back and forth.... So I though to share the poem, titled " Dear Tobi" with my favorite people. 

Do not frown at Time.
There is no excuse.
Indifferent and jealous like a hoary housewife
It cannot pause or watch us
Separarated from the landscape of dreams
And Magic.

Do not frown at distance.
Again, Tobi, you cannot make an excuse.
Famished and undending like my heart on rainy days
This road that leads up the loud laughter
And a warm hug perhaps.
Yet I deserve the Nobel:
Distance disappears in the mirror of my handset.

Do not frown at life.
True, there is nothing.
Alll mirages live lies for a living.
Like rainbows that are infact no bows
And cannot shoot down the fat game of your dreams.
Yet, we cannot choose any of these.
(Life's like those your roommates in Lagos Campus.)
There is nothing but hope of hopping off the ground
And land onto the soft sides of the sun at Noon.

So we cannot frown at Inglorious Time, Distance
Or the sham hue of our busy lives that are nothing but
A monotony of mondays.

All I meant to say is:
I miss you, my friend.
I frown only at Robbie Williams.

You can check Uzo out on his blog, crynaijaY'all have a great weekend and - see you next week!

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Blinging Tribals: Maa-What? Maasai!

Who doesn't squeal in excitement at store windows showing mannequins wearing Maasai-inspired jewelry? That's it, deny it if you want to... we know you squeal inside! There is absolutely nothing more beautiful than a Maasai woman decked out in her full regalia. Nothing! And if you like your accessories bold and bright, and love to make one hell of a statement whenever you step out, then you gotta join this train! We found some amazing Maasai-inspired blingin' accessories to make you go - GOSH!!!, and if you like, we're going straight ahead to share some incredible brands that made us fall in love all over again.

The undeniably inspiring and insanely talented Melody Ehsani never fails to wow us! Her designs have been seen on J.Lo, Queen Latifah, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj,  Nas, Alicia Keys, Estelle, Khloe Kardashian, LMFAO, Keri Hilson, Solange... that list is loooong! You can get you some Melody here...
  Melody Ehsani's Masaai collection 

Handmade by over 1,400 Maasai women from Kenya's Mara National Reserve, Pikolinos' Maasai collection is elegant, chic and pretty! The profits from from these incredible shoes, made from the finest leather (well, it's Pikolinos?), go to the development of health and education centres in the region. You can shop the collection here and here. Go on, click those links - you know you want some...
Pikolinos' Summer 2012 Maasai Collection

If  you aren't convinced yet, here's a look at Eugenia Silva's Ad Campaign for Pikolinos' Maasai collection:

Stunning, right?

From exquisitely crafted handbags to insanely beautiful jewelry, scarves and shoes, the Kenya-based Anna Trzebinski brings Maasai style closer to home. Her designs are incredible, innovative and completely, totally, undeniably obsession-worthy! To check out more Anna Trzebinski designs and for details on where to get her stuff, check out Anna's Facebook page here...

Statement Necklaces

Did You Know?
Mothers of Maasai warriors wear "Surutia", coiled metal medallions. If her son is the first to get his head shaved during the Eunoto ceremony (a man's transition from warriorhood to elderhood), he wears his mothers Surutia and it becomes "Loosurutia"
Maasai women wear elaborate beaded collars, which are higher in front and lower in back. The collars are made by the women themselves, and become more elaborate as women grow and acquire more skill. The women shave their heads to show off the beaded collars, which move around when they dance.
Beads in particular have some meaning to the Maasai, with red beads having a connection to blood, blue beads having a connection to the heavens and the Gods, and green beads having a connection to prosperity, fertility of the land, and peace. All other colors are purely decorative.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Fall 2012 Shoe Trends: Shoes That Fly!

Feather embellishments have been quite big this year and we are all over the awesome plumes that have taken the fashion world by storm. Fall 2012 shoe collections featured many statement pieces with sculpted heels, animal skin/fur, celestial inclinations and lots of edgy embellishments, but we just couldn't get enough of the feather embellishments!! Granted, we've always been fascinated by over-the-top plumes in carnival fashion, so it wasn't much of a stretch that we'll latch on hard to this trend too! Like many girls, we grew up adoring feather embellished shoes in all the great musicals, from Cabaret to Chicago, and  Fall 2012 designer shoe collections gave us feather embellished shoes that are totally wearable, chic and well, fly! From Jimmy Choo to Nicholas Kirkwood, these five lovelies have given wings to our feet and flight to our heels.  
Meet our five favorite feathery friends:
"Dulcina" - Tabitha Simmons
(Button, Embroidery and Feather Embellished Peep-Toe Sandal)
Nicholas Kirkwood 
(Feather Embellished Platform Boot)
Diego Dolcini
(Feather Embellished Strappy Sandals)

 "Teazer" - Jimmy Choo
(Feather Trimmed Satin Sandals)
Roger Vivier
(Feather Embellished Peep-Toe Pumps)
We adore our flighty five for the stylish flight through theatrical (think Dolcini's strappy sandals), subtle (think Roger Vivier's  peep toe), chic (think Jimmy Choo's Teazer), edgy (think Nicholas Kirkwood's platform boots) and provocative ( think Tabitha Simmon's Dulcina) feather-embellished looks! They are certainly a great look for fall and we particularly love that they are also ladylike, fun, whimsical, sexy - and sure to inspire many flights of fancy!
What do you guys think? 

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Fashion Inspired by Art: For the Love of Pop Art

The Artsy Sisters went AWOL in the last couple of days, but we're back now and we'd like to share with you one of our great loves - Art! Art influences everything, our culture, our perceptions, our mindsets and our individual and collective imagination. Art opens our minds to new horizons and helps us explore new heights. And when Art and fashion come together - nothing beats that! Over the years, we've all  heard lots and lots of references to Pop Art in fashion and have come to regard pop art-inspired fashion as fun, bold, graphic and funky - but most of us hardly ever bother to discover and explore the Art that inspired the fashion movement we've all come to know, and love. Which is why, we would love if you'd join us on a maybe lengthy tour of the Pop Art movement- and its influence on fashion as we know it today.
... and then there was Pop Art!
We love to explore anything or concept that breaks away from the norm - and the Pop Art Movement, it defines that. Unlike most art that was being done before the 50's, Pop Art drew on popular imagery and popular culture for inspiration and sought to blur the boundaries between 'high art' and 'low art' - the notion was that there was (is) no hierarchy in culture, and (fine) art may borrow from any source, regardless of their context and history! Pop Art has been traced to the gathering of the 'Independent Group' in London in the the 1950's. This style of art came to the United States in the mid-1960s and was an expression of the optimistic spirit of the 1960's.

Andy Warhol(1928 - 1987)
Self Portrait c.1986
"How can you say one style is better than another? You ought to be able to be an Abstract Expressionist next week, or a Pop artist, or a realist, without feeling you've given up something.. I think that would be so great, to be able to change styles. And I think that's what's is going to happen, that's going to be the whole new scene."
Campbell's Soup 1 c.1968
       Diamond Dust Shoes c. 1980                                             Flowers  (Red) c.1964
10 Marilyns c.1967
Hamburger c.1985-1986                                                  300 SL Coupe c.1954
The Art of Mickey
 8 Elvises
                                  Superman c.1981                                       Roll of Bills c.1962
Mick Jagger Suite of 10 c.1975
                                     Gun, c.1981-82                                                  Jackie c.1964
Heaven and Hell are Just one Breath Away 1985-1986
Andy Warhol's works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. He made paintings/screen prints of famous public figures and American branded products and subsequently switched to silk screen prints which allowed these mass produced products to become mass produced art.The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the largest museum in the United States of America dedicated to a single artist

Roy Lichtenstein(1923 - 1997)
Roy Lichtenstein, 1985
"I suppose I would prefer to sit under a tree with a picnic basket rather than under a gas pump, but signs and comic strips are interesting as subject matter"
-Roy Lichtenstein
 Drowning Girl c.1963
                                         Maybe                                                         Sweet Dreams Baby
Sandwich and Soda
 Washing Machine c.1961
 I Can See the Whole Room!...and There's Nobody in It! c.1961
 BLAM! c.1962

WHAAM! C.1963
  The Ring (Engagement) c.1962
Vicki  c.1964
 Sleeping Girl c.1964
Roy  Lichtenstein was a leading American Pop Artist. His work was majorly influenced by popular advertising and the comic book motif. He used bold colors, black outlines, and tones rendered by Ben-day dots (a method of printing tones in comic books during the 1950s’ and 1960s’).

Jasper Johns (1930 - )
"I tend to like things that already exist"
-Jasper Johns
Three Flags c.1958
                     Target with Plaster Cast c.1955                               False Start c.1959
Coathanger c.1960
                     Numbers in Colour c.1958-59                                Coloured Alphabet
  Flag c.1954-1955
0 Through 9                                           Figure 5 c.1953-54

Painted Bronze c.1960
                               Land's End c.1979/1989                                    Thermometer

Map c.1961
Summer from The Seasons c.1987   Periscope (Hart Crane) c.1963
Eddingsville c.
Skull c.1973 
Fools House                                           Tantric Detail c.1980
 Device c.1962-3
Study for Skin c.1962 
Painting with Two Balls c.1960 
Although Jasper Johns early work drew on Abstract Expressionism's ideas and techniques, he took the art world in a new direction by endowing everyday objects with artistic importance, paving the way for Pop Art (and Minimalism). He is best known for his paintings and lithographs of flags, maps, crosshatching (late 1970s) and numbers as well as his integration of collages, sculptural elements and thickly applied wax, displaying everyday objects in new artistic light and thus creating a challenge to traditional definitions of objects and paintings. In February 15, 2011 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, becoming the first painter or sculptor to receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom since Alexander Calder in 1977

Larry Rivers (1923-2002)
“One night in the early sixties I passed something on the Long Island Expressway just before the Queens tunnel that I must have seen for years. The billboard advertising cigars, Dutch Masters. I realized it was sort of perfect. It's weird isn't it? You're looking at Rembrandt - in neon! It was too much, it was irresistible.”
-Larry Rivers
The History of the Russian Revolution: From Marx to Mayakovsky  c.1965
Madame Butterfly c.1978
                             Queen of Clubs c.1979                 The Greatest Homosexual c.1964
Fashion Seated c.2001 
Fashion and the Birds: Blue Dress c.1997
Fashion and the Fish c.2001 
 Whose Lips are These? c.1969
Popcorn                                                                 Early Chaplin
 Head of A Man
Culture Boxes: Opera Divas c.1992 
                                  Open Camel c.1978                                                 Camel Quartet
Paris Review
Larry Rivers was an American artist whose work combines the brushy texture of Abstract Expressionism with figurative elements and a Pop art style. He was an earlier practitioner of appropriation techniques, and his paintings sample from art history, commercial products, celebrity imagery, and other styles and sources. According to Michael Kimmelman, NY Times Art Critic, "Rivers created an important bridge between the Abstract Expressionists and the Pop artists".

Richard Hamilton (1922-2011)
Four Self Portraits c.1990
"Popular (designed for a mass audience); transient (short-term solution); expendable (easily forgotten); low cost; mass produced; young (aimed at youth); witty; sexy; gimmicky; glamorous; and last but not least, Big Business." -Richard Hamilton, defining what Pop art means to him 
Just What Is It That Makes Today's Homes So 
Different, So Appealing? c.1956
Just What Is It That Makes Today's Homes So 
Different? c. 1992
                        Study for a Fashion Plate c.1969                          Fashion Plate c.1970 

Swingeing London 67 (1968-69)

Readymade Shadows
                                          Interior                                    A dedicated follower of fashion c.1980
Towards a Definitive Statement on the Coming Trends in Men's Wear and Accessories (b) c.1962

Epiphany c.1964      
 My Marilyn c.1965

                              Shock and Awe c.2008                              TiT c.2002

Interior With Monochromes c.1979
                                  Maps of Palestine                                      The Beatles c.1968

War Games c.1991
                    AAH! in perspective c.1963                     The House of Keyes c.1988

I'm dreaming of a black Christmas c.1971
Richard Hamilton is an English painter and collage artist, and is best known as a founding 
member of the British Independent Group, which arguably launched the mid-century Pop
art movement. Hamilton's 1956 collage Just What Is It That Makes Today's Homes So 
Different, So Appealing? is widely considered one of the first works of Pop art.

Claes Oldenburg (1929 - )

"I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something more than sit on its ass in a museum".
-Claes Oldenburg
Spoonbridge and Cherry (w/Coosje van Bruggen) c.1988
                                         Typewriter Eraser, Scale X (w/CVB) c.1999                              The Apple Core c.1990

Safety Pin, Blue c.1999
                             Balancing Tools                                          Soft Bathtub (Model)—Ghost Version c.1966                          
Crusoe Umbrella c.1979
Shuttlecock (w/CVB) c.1994

                                Dropped Cone(w/CVJ) c.2001                Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks
Match Cover c.1992
                              'Free' Stamp c.1985                                        Saw, Sawing (w/ CVB) c.1996
The Big Sweep (w.Coosje Van Bruggen) c.2006
Hat in Three Stages of Landing c.1982
 Bat Column c.1977                                       Clothespin c.1976

Bowling Pins (w/CVB) c.2000
Bottle of Notes c.1993

Geometric Mouse c.1969-71
The Swedish-American artist and architect Claes Oldenburg was an early figure in New York "happenings" and Pop art. He is best known for his floppy sculptures and larger-than-life public works of consumer goods, musical instruments, and everyday objects.Many of his works were made in collaboration with his wife,Coosje van Bruggen, who died in 2009 after 32 years of marriage.

Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008)

"I think a painting is more like the real world if it's made out the real world".
- Robert Rauschenberg

                       Untitled 'Combine' c.1963                      Eco-Echo IX 1992-93
Riding Bikes c.1998
Canyon c.1959
Satellite c.1955
                                Bed c.1955                                    Signs c.1970
Studio Painting
                          Retroactive 1 c.1964                   Untitled (with stained glass window) c.1954
Factum I & II c.1957
                            1st Landing Jump c.1961                                        Octave c.1960
                                   Satellitte c.1955                                                      Pilgrim

Features From Currents #62
 BMW 635 CSi Art Car c.1986
Short Circuit (Combine Painting) c.1955
Untitled (Runts) c.2007

                  Aen Floga (Combine Painting) c.1962                         Winter Pool c.1959
  Untitled (Spread) c.1983
Dylaby (Combine Painting)c. 1962 
Robert Rauschenberg was a key figure in early Pop art. He admired the textural quality of Abstract Expressionism but scorned its emotional pathos. His famous "Combines" are part sculpture, part painting, and part installation. He was famous for his incorporation of junkyard objects in his works.

James Rosenquist (1933- )

"People say I use my billboard technique to make art. Baloney! I used my art technique to paint billboards".
- James Rosenquist
President Elect c.1960-61
                               A Free for All c.1976                                      Marilyn c.1962
Dishes c.1964
                                                       I Love You With My Ford c.1961
World's Fair Mural c.1964

No-No c.1990                                     Untitled c.2000
Dog Descending a Staircase c.1979
White Bread c.1964
Flowers and Females c.1989
Nails c.1973
Hey! Let's Go For a Ride c.1961
Moonbeam Mistaken for the News c.1963
The Facet

Fahrenheit c.1982 
                                    Car Touch c.1966                      Study for Fire Pole c.1967
 Bedspring c.1962
 Mirage Morning c.1974-75
F-111 c.1964
James Rosenquist is an American Pop artist whose paintings feature fragments of faces, cars, consumer goods, and other items in bizarre juxtapositions. With their realist rendering and attention to surface textures, his works take up the visual language of advertising and entertainment.

Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005)
"I suppose I am interested, above all, in investigating the golden ability of the artist to achieve a metamorphosis of quite ordinary things into something wonderful and extraordinary..."
- Eduardo Paolozzi
I was a Rich Man’s Plaything (Bunk! collage series ) c.1947

                              Evadne in Green Dimension  c.1972                Wittgenstein in New York c.1964
Never Leave Well Enough Alone (from Bunk!) c.1972 
                              Sack-O-Sauce (from Bunk!) c.1972          Four Stills from the History of Nothing c.1962
It's Daring, It's Audacious (from Bunk) c.1972 
                                             Real Gold c.1950    Moonstrips Empire News: Secrets Of Internal Combustion Engine c.1967
Paolozzi was a founding member of the Independent Group.  His collage, I Was a Rich Man's Plaything (1947) was the first artwork to incorporate the word 'Pop' and is regarded in some circles to be the origin of the term, 'Pop Art'.  The collage contained cut-up images of a pinup girl, Coca-Cola logo, cherry pie, World War II fighter plane, and a man's hand holding a pistol, out of which burst the world 'POP!' in a puffy white cloud. He became renowned for taking objects out of their contexts (frequently the scrapheap) and placing them in new combinations, thereby imbuing them with fresh meaning.

Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004)

"I'd never painted anything before. I was quite content to take other people's work since I didn't care anyway about the subject matter. I approached subject matter as a scoundrel. I had nothing to say about it whatsoever. I only wanted to make these exciting paintings".

- Tom Wesselmann
Still Life with Liz c.1993

Still Life No.2 
Still Life No. 28
Still Life No. 6
Still Life #36 c.1964
                        Smoker No. 1 (Mouth, 12) c.1967          Interior No.2 c.1964

Still Life No. 61 c.1976
                                    Still Life No. 58 c.1972                    Smoker No. 9 c.1973

Study for Bedroom c.1977
 Fast Sketch Still Life with Fruit and Goldfish‭ (‬3-D‭)‬ c.1988-89‭
Bathtub Collage No.2 c.1963
                                  Still Life No. 20 c.1962                  Great American Nude No. 50 c.1963

Bedroom Study No. 2
                        Bedroom Painting No. 7                              Still Life No. 30 c.1963
Tom Wesselmann is widely regarded as a Pop Artist because in the early days of his career he painted still lifes of commercial foodstuffs and stylized but erotic bodies, or parts thereof.Tom Wesselmann never liked his inclusion in American Pop Art, pointing out that he made an aesthetic use of everyday objects and not a criticism of them as consumer objects: “I dislike labels in general and 'Pop' in particular, especially because it overemphasizes the material used. There does seem to be a tendency to use similar materials and images, but the different ways they are used denies any kind of group intention”. 

Robert Indiana (1928 - )
"Some people like to paint trees. I like to paint love. I find it more meaningful than painting trees."
-Robert Indiana
  Love c.1966-1999
Hope c.2008 
Art c.1972-2001

The Electric Eat c.1964-2007
                            The American Dream No. 2 c.1982       American Dream # 5" (The Golden Five) c.1980
Numbers 1-9 c.1983
 Robert Indiana is a prominent figure of the Pop Art movement. He created geometric art and incorporated everyday symbols, signs and letters throughout his art. His most famous sculpture is called "Love" and it was conceived in a time when the United States was consumed by the Vietnam War. It was a symbol of Peace and remains one of the most celebrated works within the pop art movement around the world.
FACT: Pop Art was originally called "Propaganda Art"!

The Pop Art Fashion Movement
Perhaps from our foray into the works of the pioneer Pop Art artists, you have also identified several fashion trends influenced by the Pop Art movement.  
Much Ado About a "Soup Can"
The original Pop art fashion movement was an artistic reaction to abstract art and design and much like  the originl Pop Art movement, it  challenged the domination of couture and bourgeois status dressing with the ironic use of advertising and everyday objects. It coincided with the youth and pop music phenomenon of the 1960's, and contributed very much to the fashionable, 'swinging' image of  London.
Many freelance fashion designers also took their inspiration from pop art and graphics including Thomas Sabo, Lisa Perry, Blumarine, Tommy Hilfiger, Liz London,  Erin Healy, Max Mara, Antonio Lopez, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino and Jean Charles de Castelbajac. 
Jean Charles de Castelbajac {Source}
Yves Saint Laurent certainly went down the pop art road with his Mondrian dress and the black and white block sheaths he introduced in the early 1960s. 
Yves Saint Laurent"Mondrian" day dress (autumn 1965) {Source
These days, clean bold lines, graphic pops of colour (think neon), large-scale geometric prints, illustrations and collages are a huge part of mainstream fashion and the formerly mundane have taken centre stage in our clothing and accessories - from advertising campaigns, billboards, food, supermarket products, tools, signs, flags and emblems, cars, bicycles, skateboards, planes, numbers, celebrities, cartoons, alphabets, words, home utilities, magazine layouts, comic strips, skulls, guns, newspaper clippings, the list goes on and on... 
POP! Goes the Heels!
Nicholas Kirkwood'Keith Haring',Gianmarco Lorenzi,Christian Louboutin,Jeffrey Campbell, Christian Dior, Le Silla
To get a feel of modern Pop Art fashion, see here and here.

Pop Art Fashion: "FUNKY" is the word!
From its inception in the 1950's, the pop art movement has been a revolutionary phenomenon and till date, popular culture continues to influence fashion designers, runway couture, mainstream fashion, our style and indeed, our lives.
And there you have it - our guide to Pop Art. We hope you enjoyed this post as much as we enjoyed sharing it.  We would be extremely thrilled to know which of the Pop artists or works made the greatest impression on you. Have you noticed always wondered about the origin of Pop Art fashion as well? How has art influenced your life and your style? We'd love to share your thoughts, experiences and views, too! 

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