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Art attack: Style gets creative with these trendy prints

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Dress, £45, boots, £85, Marks and Spencer

Dress, £45, boots, £85, Marks and Spencer

Dress, £65, Wallis

Dress, £65, Wallis

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Blouse, £18, La Redoute

Blouse, £18, La Redoute

Dress, £35, Matalan

Dress, £35, Matalan

The Christian Dior autumn/winter 2014 collection was full of snug black dresses strewn with clusters of caviar beading and slashes in all the right places — and you could say the same of Next’s new Premium Occasion range. The Sequin Detail Maxi Dress, £95 (www.next.co.uk), is the perfect balance of sophisticated and sexy

The Christian Dior autumn/winter 2014 collection was full of snug black dresses strewn with clusters of caviar beading and slashes in all the right places — and you could say the same of Next’s new Premium Occasion range. The Sequin Detail Maxi Dress, £95 (www.next.co.uk), is the perfect balance of sophisticated and sexy

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Dress, £45, boots, £85, Marks and Spencer

Alongside all the ravishing red, fuzzy fur and fairytale gowns, a decidedly more intellectual trend emerged from the autumn/winter collections, with a gallery's worth of artistic references on show.

Backstage, designers like Miuccia Prada and Burberry's Christopher Bailey chatted at length about the movements and modern artists who had inspired them - but that's where the similarities ended.

From stark architectural lines to soft, painterly florals and novel pop art accessories, this is a truly diverse trend, with something to suit, whether you favour feminine shapes or a minimalist aesthetic.

So, before we start thinking about party season, get ready for arty season ...

Belfast Telegraph