Homage to Bleriot is dedicated to Louis Blériot, the French inventor and engineer who built the first working piloted monoplane. In the painting, vibrant, fragmented circular shapes are overlaid on each other. The effect created by the contrasts and harmonies of colour evokes the whirring movement of propellers, referring to the phenomenon of early aviation that was fascinating the general public in the 1910s. The effervescent colours and shapes that jostle for attention also allude to the hustle and bustle of modern Paris at the time, reflecting Delaunay’s personal experience of his city.
The DSquared2 Spring 2015 collection was built around bolts of colourful fabric, woven into vivid colour-blocks. In this look, the print on full tulip skirt worn by Daphne Groeneveld is heavily reminiscent of Delaunay’s brand of Orphism. Dean and Dan Caten, like Delaunay, play and probe with colour and form. The collection was presented against a backdrop of a New York artist’s loft. The minimalist set allowed the collection’s bold colours and dramatic shapes to take centre stage. Through this combination, the Catens’ collection creates the striking effect of Delaunay’s Orphism coming alive.
Main image taken from Fash of the Titans.
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