Artful Prints That'll Pablo Picasso-ify Your Wardrobe

Artfully printed clothes were key players on the spring '14 runways. Big-shot fashion houses, like Céline, Chanel, Dior, and Prada, led the parade of abstract patterns and painterly concoctions. And, quirky London-based designers, like Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto, amped up their signature print play to the max. Sure, we oohed and ahhed through the shows last September, but we're even more excited now that these styles are finally for sale.
Great news: This fine-art approach to dressing isn't just for the fashion elite. Sure, our favorite celebrities and street-style mavens have already been donning these looks, but now you can, too. Draw inspiration from Freida Pinto, Olivia Palermo, and Lena Dunham for unique ways to interpret the trend for your closet. Click onward to see how these ladies play with their prints, and shop similar pieces to recreate their outfits.
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Photo: BEImages/Matt Baron.
We’re pretty sure Lena's grin is due — at least in part — to her stunning Isa Arfen dress.
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Photographed by Victoria Adamson.
Zoomed-in, abstract florals give us the bug's eye view of things. And, it's pretty awesome, no?
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So, it’s agreed: Diane Kruger (a.k.a. fashion-goddess extraordinaire) can do no wrong. We offer this Erdem jumpsuit as proof.
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The trick to mastering artful prints is keeping the rest of your outfit simple — you want to complement not clash. A power pose certainly helps, too!

To shop similar styles:
Xhilaration Perforated Faux Leather Jacket, $39.99, available at Target; Mossimo Chiffon Sleeve & Hem Shift Dress, $24.99, available at Target; Xhilaration Easy Waist Soft Pant, $19.99, available at Target; Mossimo Supply Co. Sylvia Platform Wedge, $29.99, available at Target; Merona Zip Closure Satchel Handbag, $39.99, available at Target. Advertisement
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Opt for a painterly-abstract design on drapey pants for a relaxed way to incorporate a little kook into your outfit.

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Here, Olivia Palermo lends her killer styling sensibilities to Mary Katrantzou's kooky jacket. Paired with jeans, a long-sleeve shirt, and ankle boots, it's a surprisingly understated look. Take notes.
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Photographed by Victoria Adamson.
Hello, statement coat! This gal gets bonus points for her cheekily mismatched pants.
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Photo: BEImages/Gregory Pace/Rex USA.
Freida Pinto’s cutout ensemble strikes a majestic note in purple. Stick to colors that work with your skin tone for equally chic results.
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Photographed by Victoria Adamson.
There's a lot of look here, but our eyes are immediately drawn to this printed midi-skirt.
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Girls actress Zosia Mamet traded in her often neutral palette for a cheery pink Peter Pilotto dress. Even though you, too, love your LBDs, remember to visit the rest of the color wheel every once in a while. Bonus: You can shop Zosia's dress here!
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Photographed by Victoria Adamson.
Pleats and prints make a perfect union for spring.