BY SHARON GRAUBARD & NICOLE FISCHELIS
Art and fashion have had a long-standing love affair, and this season that bond shows in painterly prints. A gorgeous packed floral illuminated a dress at 3.1 Phillip Lim; the fade-out towards the hem emphasized its hand-painted quality. Colin LoCascio, known for his whimsical looks, paired a glittery tube top with a slim skirt covered in child-like doodles. Ulla Johnson collaborated with artist Shara Hughes for a vibrant landscape motif that enlivened a full-skirted dress. Kanika Goyal of KGL used a large-scale abstract for her oversized shirts. Anna Sui was drawn to underwater imagery this season, resulting in blurry prints against a pearly iridescent ground. At Libertine, Johnson Hartig was inspired by a flea-market find of antique fabric books, for wonderfully inventive patchworks, sometimes over-embroidered with playful flowers.