Miu Miu Meets Matisse
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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.