Shop The Trend: French Fauvism

Paris Fashion Arora

Sometimes, the rules in fashion are just meant to be broken. The fashion world’s answer to living on the wild side is to wear as much colour as possible, so inject some French Fauvism into your outfit this summer.

What, say that again? Fauvism? I hear you: “Art? Ugh, boring.”

Well, here’s the thing: the early 20th century movement that was Fauvism is anything but mild. Colours do all the work with this trend; pencil skirts, shift dresses, oversized shirts… It doesn’t really matter as long as it pops. Think geometrics, bold greens and oranges teamed with purples and a cherry red.

The movement may have only lasted a few years, but it looks like Fauvism has had a revival for your SS14 wardrobe.

‘Les Fauves’ – or The Wild Beasts, to you and I – consisted of artists like Henri Matisse who painted with striking, garish colours throughout the first decade of the 1900s.

The movement didn’t appeal for long, but Matisse is having a moment this year at London’s Tate Modern.The exhibition, The Cut-Outs is showcasing from now until September 7, so dish out that Fauvist-like piece of clothing from your wardrobe that probably never sees the light of day.

The AW14 catwalks are the inspiration for this wacky trend.

Italy Fashion Fausto Puglisi

Fausto Puglisi AW14

At Tsumori Chisato, prints were inspired by rainforests that took a spin with the iconic ‘20s and ‘50s silhouettes.

Amy Verner, at, called it the “Jungle Jazz Age” that was alive with sparkly baboons, palm tree collars and colours that screamed: “Look at me living on the edge with fashion.”

Paris Fashion Arora

Manish Arora AW14

Manish Arora’s catwalk was ablaze with fire: pinks and oranges mixed with sweet-tooth candy stripes and sickly pink floral decadence are not to be missed for summer. At Fausto Puglisi, geometrics ruled on ‘80s bodysuits and short skirts with euphoric attitude.

This trend is a lot like finding inner rebellion because there are so many fashion mistakes that can go right. Take the advice of British designer Vivienne Westwood of all things unruly – “You have a more interesting life if you wear impressive clothes” – and you can find these impressive clothes anywhere on the high street for a fraction of the catwalk price tags.

Wherever you go this summer, take Fauvism with you and inject a lease of life into your wardrobe through the High Street. The beast has awoken, set it free…

 We’ve picked out some of the best clothes for the summery days ahead, all with your body shape in mind:

fauvism mood board


apple shape

Team this simple River Island kimono, £50, with this ruched red swimsuit from George at Asda, at £12.

Then simply add a bright lipstick in any shade that suits you to nail this key trend. We’ve chosen Revlon’s Colour Burst lipstick in Cotton Candy, £7.99, which is perfect for paler skin tones.


pear shape

Women with a pear shaped figure should invest in a low-key maxi dress to detract attention from your lower half and to complement your shoulders.

This maxi dress from River Island, £25, is reminiscent of Tsumori Chisato’s summery designs but certainly not over the top. Add a bright nail varnish like Barry M’s Gelly Nail Paint in Guava, £3.99, to make your nails pop.


Hourglass shape

Cut-out swimsuits will look great on women with hourglass figures, especially River Island’s Watermelon Cut Out swimsuit, £25.

Team this vibrant piece with the huge vintage revival of jelly shoes, like these ASOS Gladiator Jelly Sandals in Flower Pot, which are also £28.


athletic shape

If you have an athletic physique, simply throw on a lively kaftan, like Topshop’s Coral Lace Panel one, priced at £32, which is loose and comfortable for the summery season.

Add your choice of swimwear underneath and team with a statement floral necklace or Topshop’s cute Bright Bead Choker, £16.50. Add a pair of retro sunglasses to the colourful mixture, like New Look’s Rounded Sunglasses in blue and gold, £4.99.

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