Art and fashion often go hand in hand, with each creative industry playing on the designs of the other to draw inspiration for their newest and greatest creations. So we shouldn’t be surprised — especially come spring, when bright prints and playful patterns come out to play — if we see new style trends popping up that capture the beauty of art in the form of graphic prints and patterned fabrics. The latest? In-your-face paint splatter and drip ensembles that everyone from Orange Is the New Black ’s Taylor Schilling to French actress Marion Cotillard have been sporting on the red carpet over the last week alone.
With its tastefully undone pattern, mix of vibrant hues, and adventurous feel, this artsy print is a marvelous match for the spring season, when we can all ditch those boring warm-weather shades in favor of fun, envelope-pushing ensembles.
Not sure where to start? Take a look at five ways some of the hottest Hollywood stars are wearing this in-demand print, along with pieces that will help you nail the style in a snap.
1. With a sheer overlay
With an ultra-artsy paint-splatter pattern like the one on Schilling's Sportmax skirt, toning it down with a neutral top and shoe — plus a delicate tulle overlay — can be one of the simplest ways to take this print from edgy to femme.
2. With patterned heels
If, on the other hand, you want to make the print look even more adventurous, try pairing it with a contrasting-pattern clutch or heel, like the diamond-print Bionda Castana pumps actress Rosario Dawson wore to the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
3. With a spring-ready dress
The print takes a polished, girly turn when worn in feminine shades of pink and a draped-skirt cut, like the ones seen on Diane Kruger's high-low Giambattista Valli frock.
4. With a classic white blouse
Give the print a sophisticated-yet-vampy flare by choosing an option in moodier, muted tones — like the shades on actress Riley Keough's Valentino skirt — and complementing it with a crisp and classic white button down.
5. With a sky-high hemline
Rather than a splatter effect, choose a paint-drip print like the one on Cotillard's beaded Maison Martin Margiela dress, thats color overload gets especially sexy when paired with a demure neckline and super-short length.
Now that you've seen the stars pull off the print, it's time to nail it yourself — and these five pieces will help you do just that:
Dailylook ombre paint-splatter dress, $35, dailylook.com
Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply paint-splatter shorts, $95, ralphlauren.com
Nicole Miller paint-splatter cowlneck dress, $185, lordandtaylor.com
Hudson Jeans paint-splatter skinny jeans, $245, bloomingdales.com
Franco Ferrari paint-splatter scarf, $295, shopbop.com