Art Class #VerySpringEdit

In today’s Very Edit, I’m celebrating the genius union of fashion and art – a match made in dressing room heaven. While fashion carves a path for artists to extend their profiles to the masses, art lends gravitas to fashion and, in the swoop of a paintbrush, the two blend together to bring plenty of interest to our ensembles – everyone’s happy! 

Fashion-meets-art is transcending its novelty status and becoming more of a status quo – in response to this pervasive trend, we’ve created the ‘Art Class’ edit – a selection of current-season pieces that adopt the primary colours, sweeping brush strokes, subtle shading techniques and attention to detail you’d expect to find in the V&A and works them, seamlessly, into our wardrobes. Come on in, grab a cup of tea and a paint brush and pull up a seat. Welcome to Art Class.

The Very Edit Art Class

1. Subtle Shading

The Very Edit: Art Class

The straight lines, the contoured curves and the subtle clashing of the red and lemon pallete makes this monochrome-inspired masterpiece one of my favourites this season. Worn with a longline jacket and tights when it’s chilly outdoors, bare legs when the sun (finally) shows its face and chunky jewellery with a swipe of red lipstick when it’s time for a cocktail, I can’t think of a more versatile piece to mix and match with – you can play around with coloured and patterned accessories to create a portfolio of looks. With the attention to detail in the hues and shapes, this is the epitome of art and fashion being best friends ❤ – nawwww!

Where can I snap it up? 

Sculpt Tunic Dress, by Definitions – £49

Black Palma Court Shoes in Microsuede, by Shoe Box- £18

Red Metal Handle Cross Body Bag – £22

2. Colour-Me-Cobalt

The Very Edit: Art Class

Cobalt and mustard – let’s all just take a moment to appreciate this. It’s not a combination I’d ever think to mix together but how well does this work!? Cobalt blue is one of the best hues ever invented, in my opinion – I first fell in love with it when Princess Kate wore that beautiful blue dress to attend a wedding with Will – sooo pretty. The fit-for-a-princess dress above is actually a cute crop top and midi skirt co-ord, so you can mix these separates together to create different looks. I love the gorgeous grid detailing which – just like the thick strokes of oil paint in Van Gough’s Starry Night – adds texture to this look (see what I did there). The sheer mesh design to the top shows a  flash of skin to balance out the floaty fabric of the midi length skirt, while the midi length skirt itself makes this ensemble perfect for lunches with the in-laws, weddings and afternoon tea with the ladies. Lovely!

Where can I snap it up?

Grid Cop Top, by Definitions – £37

Grid Midi Skirt, by Definitions – £40

Isabella Ankle Strap Two-Part Sandals, by Shoe Box – £24

Kate in Cobalt blue
Kate in cobalt. (Image source: Pinterest)


3. Say it With Stripes

The Very Edit: Art Class

The go-faster stripes and colour-blocking in this masterpiece offer a quick route into spring/summer. The cinched waist to the top of the skirt spotlights the teeniest part of your silhouette, while the classic flared and pleated fabric adds lashings of cute, girly appeal to your look. Keeping this piece appropriate for our…. interesting (?!) English weather, the long sleeves cosy it up a little, while the glistening embellishment upholds an element of daytime glam.  The mix of pattern and colour perfectly illustrates the beauty of fashion and art: an abundance of stripes, a sprinkle of shimmer, four saturated hues, one sharp look. Love it!

Where can I snap it up?

Embellished Boxy Top, by Rochelle Humes

Monochrome Striped Lantern Skirt, by Rochelle Humes

Bloomsbury Small Barrel Bag, by Radley

4. Get Spotted

The Very Edit: Art Class

The composition above adopts the artist’s passion for pattern and mesmerising details that add depth and texture to their work. If you follow Very on Instagram, you may have noticed the lovely Fearne Cotton looking fierce in her animal print jumpsuit (product code 4R7FH on Very, in case you’re wondering). While the jumpsuit is gorge, the less wild among us can tame it down a little with this animal print dress. Shoe-boot heels, a duster jacket on top, a swipe of red lipstick – ohhh yes.  If it’s good enough for Fearne…

Where can I snap it up? 

Ruched Leopard Print Dress, by Definitions – £35

Fearne Cotton Printed Jumpsuit
Fearne looking fierce in her printed jumpsuit, by Fearne Cotton for Very

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❤ Laura x

19th February 2015
Written by Laura Taylor