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Art Movement

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DESIGNERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD DRAW ON AN ARTISTIC COLLECTIVE MEMORY

When there’s enough critical mass in cultural ideas, it’s enough to call it a “movement.” And that’s precisely what we’re in the midst of this spring. References to abstract expressionists, New Wave graphics, graffiti, pop art and even Damien Hirst’s dot paintings have found new life outside of the galleries. You can now wear your art on your sleeve.

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Tribal Beats

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AESTHETIC CODES AND DISTINCTIVE FABRICS OF ALL THE GLOBE’S ETHNICITIES

As the world gets more and more interconnected, international influences seem to meld into one tribal beat. Designers have collaged references from cultures as far-flung as the Masai, Native American, Moroccan and Afghani. Think fringe, threadwork, beadwork and bone, all woven together into sophisticated patterns and reinterpretations of various indigenous tribal heritage.

Lynn Yaeger sees tribes taking over the runway. Read more.

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Into the Garden

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THIS SEASON’S GARDEN OF PRINTS AND MORE IS WONDERFULLY UNRULY AND BEAUTIFULLY OVERGROWN

Nothing says spring like freshly blooming buds. We love our flowers in unexpected, almost unreal colors. Vines grow up from our ankles; butterflies alight on our hands. Pretty little bugs and bees flit around our ears and fingers. Just add your favorite floral fragrance, and you’re fully in season.

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The Shining

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SHIMMER, GLITTER AND SHINE TAKE ON A NEW SPIRIT

It’s always wonderfully counterintuitive when something is taken out of its original context and given a new life in another. Shimmer, glitter and shine, once relegated to evening hours, now appear in dramatic turns for any time of day or night. Of material interest: Lurex, metallic brocades, jewel-tone mixes, gemstone facets and oil-slick glistens. You can outshine the pack and take it all the way in Lanvin or give the world a little jolt with a lighting bolt of a handbag.

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Maybe it’s my inner artist calling out, but this season has all my self-expression cravings covered. There’s a lot here to move my style dial forward.

1. Prada
The convergence of “art meets fashion” has never come to life as vividly as in this spring’s Prada collection. These bags are for collectors and aficionados alike. 212 872 8821
Art Matters! View our Fifth Avenue Window Prada Installation

2. Dior
Shirtdresses without shoulders! Wide mouth arms! Sleeveless hi-low flybacks! Shirtdressing has a new life. Classic menswear blues or bright whites top my list. 212 872 2812

3. Brian Atwood
Exciting ethnic Ikat prints made it all the way down to our feet this season. Especially exciting in neutral black-and-white. 212 872 8947

4. Federica Rettore
Feel protected with a talisman charm. Naturally charming. 212 872 2536

5. Dries Van Noten
Count on Dries for an eclecticist’s dream. I fell in love with the Moroccan rug–inspired fringed sweater and the easy, ethnic tapestry bomber. 212 872 2592

6. Valentino
Valentino went boho chic, and I am going there with them! 212 872 2577

7. Tamara Mellon
I’m mesmerized by the swoosh and swing of this long fringe leather skirt. How and when to wear it? Let me count the ways!.!.!.white shirt or tee, New York or L.A., day or night, boots or sandals.!.!. 212 872 8607

8. Saint Laurent
Okay, everyone knows I love a red lip, but this allover print strikes me as somewhere between Man Ray and Warhol, and it’s just plain charming. 212 872 8667

9. Jamie Joseph
One ring on a single finger? Why not four for four? Personalize the mix in our candy store of stones, colors and shapes. 212 872 2518

10. Celine
Dear Celine: Thank you for this sensational expressionist collection! Not only does the drama of the brushstroke prints do it for me, but the ease of versatile layering takes me all the way. 212 872 8747

11. Manolo Blahnik
Simple. Primary. Clean. Sharp. The new two-strap shoe! Mine! 212 872 8947

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