Geometric Patterns and Abstract Prints on the Spring Runway

This season, designers took their cues from the art world.

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Designers took their cues from the art world for their Spring 2012 collections.
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From bold geometric prints to abstract patterns, designers were definitely taking their cues from the art world this season. Some of the most memorable looks could have walked out of museum exhibitions. At Preen, a pixelated square motif was actually a blown-up rendering of a traditional floral print.
Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCullough took inspiration from mid-century architecture for their spring collection. Indeed, the color-blocked square panels were somewhat evocative a Mondrian painting.
Similarly, Proenza's black and orange woven tank offers an easy way to incorporate a bit of high-art geometry into your wardrobe. $1350 at Net-a-Porter.
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At Gucci, Art Deco motifs like shimmery stripes and layered geometry came together in classic beaded looks with a modern feel.
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Prada's geometric pleated dresses and separates nodded to the hep cats of the '50s, complete with flame-decal accessories and hot rod prints.
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At Etro, sharp geometric motifs and sleek silhouettes created an artsy-glam look. Here, a fringed cocktail dress in gold accented by orb-like earrings.
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Marni's "museum-ready" geometric prints are a hallmark of the Italian brand. This circle-print overcoat in bright yellow has a swinging '60s vibe.
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Sharp chevron stripes at Carven made girly silhouettes feel a bit more grown-up and sophisticated.
Barbara Bui's funky color-blocked tops looked bright and sporty, but were actually rendered in heavy-duty materials like leather and suede.
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Sonia Rykiel's cheeky geometric jumpsuit has an art-inspired appeal, yet still manages to look flirty and fresh.
To incorporate a little "artsy" chic into your summer wardrobe, try Missoni's statement-making caftan, which comes in a striking green and violet geometric print. $495 at Shopbop.
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Celine's geometric pullovers lent a bit of rigidity to the floaty silk skirts and gauzy separates.
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At Akris, what appeared to be an uneven stripe motif at first glance was revealed to be a race car in motion (as per designer Albert Kriemler's "Grand Prix" inspiration).
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Hermes' elegantly color-blocked looks harkened back to Art Deco glamour (particularly with their fluttering sleeves elongated necklines) with a colorful new twist.
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Bold geometry at Chloe added interest to the brand's flowy silk dresses and long pleated skirts.
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