I am a human doodle. A paint-splattered canvas. It’s like a child scribbled all over me in trippy neon. I have fully committed to this season’s return to art school prints and graffiti-inspired graphics. As you may have realized, I am not one to shy away from colour. I like mismatching prints and unexpected colour combinations – black doesn’t say enough in my opinion.
Similar to Dior Homme’s chaotic scribble-print denim jacket from last season, this Anna Sui bomber jacket perfectly embodies all things zany and artistically inclined. Central Saint Martins’ Graduate Charles Jeffrey’s paint-smeared jeans worn under a sweeping fire engine red top coat at his Fashion East 2016 presentation stole the show for US Vogue writer Nick Remsen. They were in fact inspired by DIY procedures and his severe financial constraints (his rent money was spent on the collection). Rihanna strolled out of Opening Ceremony in Raf Simons’s doodle-covered Fall denim duster coat and not much else. Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring 2015 collection celebrated 'la mamma Italiana' and featured a number of pieces printed with the scribbles of the designers’ nieces and nephews – Helen Mirren wore one to the Metropolitan Opera season opener.
The muted tones and subtle detail of Celine have taken a backseat this season – it’s time to indulge in some childish behavior and take a trip back to art class. Choose one item with an artistic doodle or scribble or bonkers print and pair with a more neutral piece – I chose denim jeans (I couldn’t resist the 3D colour-blocking effect) and a crisp white shirt – the coral mini bag and zesty yellow drop earrings add contrasting pops of colour and are spot on trend. This is not about precision or taste – as Raf Simons reminded Dazed at the showing of his fall collection, “fashion shouldn’t be formulaic.” Grab a blank canvas and throw paint at it. It’s now or never.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Christina Higgins
Scribble-print silk coated neon Anna Sui bomber jacket by Siopaella, denim colour-block jeans by & Other Stories, white cotton shirt by Cos, coral mini bag by Mulberry, blue and leather strap pumps by Clarks, yellow drop earrings by H & M.