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Pop art is making a splash on the street

A work by Henri Matisse at the Tate Modern in London. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

A work by Henri Matisse at the Tate Modern in London. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images


dWhere art goes, fashion is sure to follow. This spring has seen two major retrospectives at London’s Tate Modern: the darkly funny work of original pop-art pioneer Richard Hamilton, and the joyous, faith-affirming, colourful cut-outs of Henri Matisse. (Left; jeans £26-31 from Boden)

aA little closer to home, Richard Mosse’s The Enclave series was shown at the RHA, his films depicting the violence and beauty of the Democratic Republic of Congo in a surreal swathe of shocking pink. (Right; Satchel by the Leather Satchel Company, €126.41, at

dWhile the pop art trend in fashion is nowhere near, shocking, life-affirming or darkly funny, it can still make a splash on the street. Bold graphic prints on T-shirts are easy to pull off, as are Warhol-esque flat florals in primary colours. This leather satchel is a fun, paint-splattered homage. Bold block colours make a statement too, although to certain people, all yellow jeans declare is the wearer’s need for a tan. (Left; Red floral print swing dress, €45, River Island)


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