No strangers to each other and clearly belonging to the same elaborate constellation, fashion and art have always crossed paths with the same ease that accompanied their surreal directions across decades and decades of fascinating collaborations. The spring 2013 fashion trends are all about encouraging creativity and the depths of inspiration, especially when one of the season’s most influencing prints genuinely restored the love towards the beauty that lies in simplicity. The brush strokes forming delicate patterns on fabric raised above all the other prints envisioned for spring and summer, bringing along a calming effect that best defines art’s infinite dominance over the fashion runways. Gentle or resembling a painter’s struggles spotted across a blank canvas, colored in delicate pastels or in rather vivid and effervescent hues, clean or building towards more intricate prints, the paint strokes evoke a sense of mystery that translates to ethereal and sometimes even bold concepts, all using fashion as the ultimate form of expression. If you’d like to keep up to date with all the latest fashion trends and tips for styling them, you can subscribe to Fashionising.com via RSS or on Facebook. Click the thumbnails for full pictures With each passing season, more and more designers have fallen in love with the playful print and choose to let their imagination run wild and the results didn’t strike far from what we call a true work of art. Brushstroke prints on the runway Going against their outrageous signature aesthetic, The Blonds found a way to infuse their heavy embellished Spring 2013 collection with what appeared to be the most wearable and fashionable print out of theentire line-up. Featuring a selection of bold brush strokes set against a simple black ground color, the whimsical pattern complemented the collection’s quirky lipstick motif. Brushstroke print on the runway at The Blonds S/S ’13 Antoni & Alison’s spring 2013 collection opened up LFW with a total explosion of colorful freehand brush strokes that were smartly used to embellish the effortless silk silhouettes in new and unexpected ways. It was a game of bold attributes and unlimited fun that unlocked the duo’s endless creativity. Brushstroke print on the runway at Antoni and Alison S/S ’13 Colliding rigidity with fluidity, Cedric Charlier used an immaculate white ground for his spring 2013 collection that he further impregnated with a series of artistic elements that helped tell his story. And so it happen that those same elements were envisioned as vibrant primal paint strokes, shaped to accent the subtle asymmetry and the impeccable draping of his designs. Brushstroke print on the runway at Cedric Charlier S/S ’13 Carolina Herrera sought something incredibly light and soft for her spring 2013 line-up and the result concurred with an array of ethereal paint strokes, gently printed on layers of chiffon, organza and tulle. Her youthful selection of patterns complemented the collection’s impressive simplicity and airy feel. Brushstroke print on the runway at Carolina Herrera S/S ’13 Representing Scott Sternberg’s personal reflection over the unique vision that turns war into a “light and beautiful thing”, Band of Outsiders’ spring 2013 collection exuded a looseness that was perfectly matched to a series of complementary war paint strokes, taking the form of rich and powerful color trios. Brushstroke print on the runway at Band of Outsiders S/S ’13 Asserting Rucci’s exquisite selection of prints and fabrics for spring 2013, the brush stroke pattern embellishing a statuesque evening gown stole the show with the help of the imaginative and unusual motif. The designer perfectly captured art at its psychedelic, almost dark quality. Brushstroke print on the runway at Chado Ralph Rucci S/S ’13 Brushstroke prints for men From modern painted pictures to genuine paint explosions, nothing about the artistic prints enriching menswear garments this season read discretion, but they don’t fail in looking exquisite either. The art in fashion stands for the constant need to embrace evolution and now more than ever before, modern art can be easily perceived in current fashion trends, slowly progressing into menswear collections, until finding its way into the stores. Uncomplicated, but not necessarily translatable to streetwear, the artistic prints reached different levels of wearability as influenced by the choice of fabrics, painterly impact and color intensity. When it comes to men’s fashion in particular, the art authority needs some boundaries in order to feel relevant, yet bold and totally approachable, without missing its point or turning into an uninspired take on creativity. Relating to the message delivered by a certain trend is key in developing a fitting wardrobe that translates the tendency accurately, as it is finding the appropriate style and the confidence to go with it. Art and subtlety For a subtle approach that still aims towards drawing a distinction, pick a washed-out watercolor palette that’s spread across a white canvas, focusing on a print that steers away from the abstract. The catchy iconography and the enigmatic portraits that filled the spring 2013 runways stand for the artistic movement that is currently undertaking the fashion scene. You won’t risk going wrong with a casual silky t-shirt, shirt or bomber jacket, smartly balanced by a classic pair of black trousers. Dressing the ensemble up or down is just a matter of taste, but as always, simplicity goes a long way. Brushstroke print on the runway at Givenchy S/S ’13 men’s Going rogue Although looking as if you just got out of a massive paint fight is not the solemnly purpose here, some designers sought to translate new examples of contemporary culture and along the way embraced an exaggerated take on the painterly prints. If you’re personality is equally playful and you’d rather settle for the unconventional, an artfully splattered suit might not be as hard to pull off. Otherwise this sort of outfit requires a specific degree of fearlessness and the perfect backdrop to match its quirkiness. Worn separately, the splattered pieces become significantly more accessible. Brushstroke print for men on the runway at Miharayasuhiro S/S ’13 men’s Painting inspiration As you probably already grew to find out, this trend is not just about brushstrokes or colorful splatters. Modern art painters are starting to gain more and more influence over men’s fashion, as designers are taking direct references from past works of art and borrowing painting techniques, leading us to believe that this fascination towards modern art is merely signaling a debut. Raf Simons channeled Picasso’s playful vision, by integrating a cubist face print in his spring / summer 2013 collection, a forward approach that can be complemented by the use of cutting-edge tailoring. Brushstroke print on the runway at Raf Simons S/S ’13 men’s For more spring 2013 fashion trends, visit that link.