These Looks From Paris Fashion Week Sure Look Familiar

Masterworks by iconic fine artists—not the worst place to search for great ideas.

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Miu Miu Meets Matisse

The coolest coat of them all.
No one did cutouts like Matisse.
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The Look: Bright colors and off-kilter shapes

The Artwork: "The Codomas" by Henri Matisse (1947)

The Takeaway: Matisse is celebrated for his vivid paper cutouts; for its spring 2017 show, Miu Miu presented a similar hodgepodge of shapes in saturated colors. Who says a purple triangle looks out of place next to a stripe of orange? Certainly not Matisse—and not Miu Miu, either.

Louis Vuitton Meets Klimt

Suddenly, we feel an urgent need for a gold jacket.
Klimt had the Midas touch.

The Look: Showstopping gold

The Artwork: "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I" by Gustav Klimt (1907)

The Takeaway: Gustav Klimt frequently depicted his muse, Adele Bloch-Bauer, enrobed in a cascade of gold cubes broken up by black and white eye shapes. We can see a 21st-century Bloch-Bauer swapping out her golden gown for this gilded, geometric Louis Vuitton jacket.

Chanel Meets Pollack

The French fashion house goes bold and bright.
Not all of Pollack's paintings featured his signature splatter.
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The Look: Electric street art

The Artwork: "Easter and the Totem" by Jackson Pollock (1953)

The Takeaway: This season, Chanel continued its trend of putting twists on its conservative design history, showing demurely cut dresses in vibrant patterns and colorful lines. It's organized chaos—and isn't that what Pollock is all about?

Kenzo Meets Kandinsky

A dress and makeup match made in heaven.
Kandinsky had a way with dark, unexpected hues.
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The Look: Moody, with just a little color

The Artwork: "Panel for Edwin R. Campbell No. 2" by Vasily Kandinsky (1914)

The Takeaway: At Kenzo, unexpected patches and swirls of bright hues break up an oil-slick, billowy dress, taking a cue from Kandinsky's masterful balance of dark and colorful forms.

Shiatzy Chen Meets Van Gogh

It was all yellow.
Van Gogh's flowers look almost tangible.
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The Look: Touchable yellow

The Artwork: "Sunflowers" by Vincent van Gogh (1888)

The Takeaway: Shiatzy Chen took a note in dimension from van Gogh, building a silky dress in layers of gossamer fabric in a range of yellows and greens. Texture looks great on both a canvas and on flowing fabric.

Esteban Cortazar Meets Jean Dubuffet

A cold shoulder never looked so cool.
Red, white, and stripes all over.
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The Look: Graphic doodles

The Artwork: "Abode V (with Stairs and Numerous Rooms)" by Jean Dubuffet (1966)

The Takeaway: Esteban Cortazar revamps a relatively simple silhouette by adding a print in the style of Jean Dubuffet. Rich cerulean, garnet, and emerald pop against a white background.

McQueen Meets Rossetti

The perfect dress for relaxing on a fainting couch.
TFW selfies haven't been invented yet so you just have to admire yourself in a hand mirror.

The Look: The modern Victorian

The Artwork: "Lady Lilith" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1866)

The Takeaway: You can always count on Alexander McQueen for a bit of unexpected romance. This look from the fashion house's spring 2017 show borrows complementary elements from Rosetti's 1866 portrait—a burst of flowers, a touch of jewel tones, and an ethereal white dress.

Armani Meets Victor Moscoso

Something a mermaid would wear, probably.
Groovy, man.

The Look: Psychedelic purples

The Artwork: "Quicksilver Messenger Service, Peacock Ball" by Victor Moscoso (1967)

The Takeaway: There's a touch of Lisa Frank in the rich purple tones of Emporio Armani's spring 2017 show. But this dress has us thinking about the trippy posters of Victor Moscoso from the 1960s. History repeats itself, and it seems Armani is determined to bring a new wave of psychedelic cool to 2017.

Valentino Meets Monet

The Look: A pastel, abstract mélange

The Artwork: "Water Lilies" by Claude Monet (1916)

The Takeaway: With complex, overlapping beadwork in surprising colors, Valentino has created a gown that, like Monet's work, proves that the whole is greater than the sum of any of its parts. Abstraction definitely has a place in couture.

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