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Pretty as a picture: Five looks at gallery-worthy fashion

Styling by Fiona Green. Makeup by David Allan Jones/P1M ( Hair by Cody Alain/P1M. Manicure by Leeanne Colley for Revlon/P1M. Prop styling by Jason MacIsaac/P1M

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Around the blocks
Suggestive of Daniel Buren’s well-known colour blocks, Roland Mouret’s spring collection also pays homage to turbocharged eighties-era Paris, city of the designer’s youth and the French conceptual artist’s greatest controversies. Mouret’s tribute includes white negative space, which makes the pieces more wearable. Roland Mouret Redbay dress, $4,951 (U.S.) through Chanel Colorama resin bracelets, price on request at Chanel ( Onzato high-heeled sandals, $110 at Aldo (

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Post-op implications
The techniques of op art – all that geometric interplay – lend themselves well to fashion. For Calvin Klein Collection, Francisco Costa toned down the optical noise and played around with the patterning, producing a reptilian effect. Like the Bridget Riley canvases they evoke, however, his pieces may still leave observers cross-eyed if they stare at them too long. Collection Vanzo coat, $13,998 (U.S.), Vadito bandeau, $650 (U.S.), Vose skirt, $15,000, mesh top, price on request at Calvin Klein ( Vintage Robert Larin pewter bracelet from Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection, $650 through

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Born to move
Not long before he became the creative director at Christian Dior two years ago, Raf Simons gave a nod to Pablo Picasso through knitwear featuring the artist’s abstracted faces. This season, his approach is more nuanced but no less expressive, co-opting sketched illustrations in his spring collection to convey a sense of movement on a peach-toned backdrop. Dior metallic cotton jacquard coat, $6,500 (U.S.), mixed-material pumps, $1,050 (U.S.) at Dior ( Chanel Pearls of Art metal and plexiglass necklace, price on request at Chanel (

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Printed matter
Call us biased, but the integration of newsprint and dynamic brush-stroke effects by Céline’s Phoebe Philo made hers one of the season’s most striking collections. The bold pattern play appears on knit stretch jacquard and printed pleated silk, creating textural contrast in a way rarely seen in two-dimensional art. Céline jacquard top, approximately $2,300 at Holt Renfrew ( Céline silk georgette skirt, $2,600 (U.S.) at Barneys New York ( Oblik Atelier gold-plated brass cuff, $295 (U.S.) at select retailers (visit for locations). Niederman mules, $50 at Call it Spring (

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Masterly mash-up
Linear motifs mingle with abstracted shapes in Andrew Gn’s modernist-inspired spring line. The Paris-based designer references the work of artists from the early 20th century to the present, including icons such as Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, architect Gio Ponti and contemporary painting star Peter Doig. Andrew Gn silk georgette marinière top, $1,930, Mikado silk skirt, $1,575 at The Room in Toronto ( Carmella belt, $175 through

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