Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Be a smart art with Moschino, Smedley and Diesel


THERE SEEMS to be a movement or a leaning towards the art world in fashion currently, especially in jumper pattern designs.

Smatterings of Piet Mondrian can be spotted on the latest Diesel K-Ecru jumpers, while abstract designs are a plenty on John Smedley designs, while Moschino has plumped for a cubist approach.

And what better way to keep the autumnal chill, off than with a little bit of art based style I say.

As long as you don’t get asked to stand still in the street, while people walk backwards and forwards staring at your new garments, all will be OK.

Taking up the charge with the Diesel K-Echu Maglia jumpers, this loose knitted design has a light grey body with a delicious lilt to the Dutch painter Mondrian’s Composition II in Red, Blue and Yellow.

The rectangular red, yellow and black pattern is bold and bright on the softer grey wool background, while the opposing red and yellow cuffs continue the splashes of colour. 

The black version alternates the main body pattern nicely and goes for yellow and white cuffs, both versions are ribbed. Both also have large ribbed waistbands.

You could argue that with Moschino’s Love range of T-shirts the Pop Art movement, at least from an Andy Warhol perspective that is, but there is also a nod to one my favourite Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein.

The Boot printed crew neck shirts, which come in a monochrome print on grey and red and black print on white and the Potion shirt in grey, which sports a delightful, almost Lichtenstein homage print.


While the Block grey jumper is all simplistic cubist and revels in the subtle, simple, yet contrasting black and grey cube or square block pattern. All grey on the back of the garment, this is a swinging Sixties success, with the metal peace badge logo the perfect finishing touch.

With its Kelby and Kester jumpers or pullovers, John Smedley also leans towards cubist based patterns and designs, with all the ordered chaos that the movement offers.

The Midnight jumper is about as perfect a name for a garment as I can imagine. The drifting use of navy, blue, black, turquoise and teal is perfect, from light to dark and back and all in the comfort of Merino wool.

With the Bordeaux, the intricate burnt orange, pink, red and maroon creates a bolder garment, with both pullovers coming with ribbed collar, cuffs and waistband. Made in England, of course.

The Kester has a more complex pattern, in that it strikes bolder lines of varying blues.

All three are inextricably linked to an art background as are the others and make a bold statement. I for one like them all, a lot.