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Fall/Winter 2019: Cover Your Clothes in Art

8 Oct 2019

This fall, fashion and art collide! Masterpieces from Ancient Greece, the Renaissance, and Neoclassicism mix with modern culture and give birth to a fresh and unexpected aesthetic.

Culture Shock

Spotted on the catwalk of major runway shows, like Valentino, Marni, and Toga, prints are central to this trend. In dazzling collages, different eras fuse together and form a unique vision of fashion.

At Valentino, a 19th-century Neoclassical sculpture was combined with a pop-punkish print of roses. Placed on dresses, sweaters, coats, and modern jumpsuits, this image creates a real culture shock.

At Simons, we invite you to rediscover history’s
most striking and fascinating works of art. Our team of designers
has reworked them in amazing and whimsical ways:

Spectacular Greek sculptures, including the famous Venus de Milo that dates back to around 100 BC, are juxtaposed together and taken to the next level by a touch of candy pink lipstick. The Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo de Vinci in the 16th century, gets an urban update from some graffiti.

The Girl with a Pearl Earring, produced in the 17th century by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, is made modern by a hoop earring and a pink bubble of bubble gum, while some humorous additions to Reverie, a canvas painted in the 20th century by John William Godward, help to highlight this famous piece. 

Cherubs, characteristic of the Renaissance, are printed on a dress and a T-shirt that feature modern fits. And a still life, a work typical of 17th-century Classicism, gets a fast-food revamp with the inclusion of a burger and fries.

Go ahead and wear these pieces in a way that’ll heighten the contrast between classic and popular and between elegant and athletic. For instance, pick a printed T-shirt or sweatshirt to pair with a feminine, pleated skirt.

From Versailles to New York

This clash of aesthetics can be achieved in other ways besides prints. Fabrics, silhouettes, and details can all reference different time periods.

For example, the runways of Vivetta, Oscar de la Renta, and Dolce & Gabbana were full of brocade, gilding, and patterns that hearkened back to the Baroque, a highly ornate and sumptuous art movement that developed from the 16th through the 18th century.

At Dolce & Gabbana, brocade was spotted on a number of different styles, from menswear-inspired suits to Peter Pan-collar coats. Our team of designers played with this refined and detailed fabric in order to reinvent essential modern pieces.

Valentino, Zimmermann, and Elie Saab also punctuated their catwalks with touches that bring the Baroque age to mind. Sumptuous lace, corsets, puff sleeves, and ornate collars blended in beautifully with their designs this season.

Follow the example of these luxury fashion houses and create striking aesthetic contrasts in your closet. Wear brocade from head to toe with chunky sneakers, or pair it with a T-shirt and your favourite pair of Dr. Martens.

Combine leather with lace, satin with fleece, pearls with sneakers, and corsets with distressed jeans. Trust your intuition and let the elegance of the past meet the streetwear of today.

While waiting for these designs to make their way online and into our stores,
shop our new arrivals for women.