Icy weather inspires frigid prints in tones of blue, grey, black and brown. Bundle up!
- bekah hilleson
Taking a little break from looking at all the New York runway madness, I came upon a lovely set of photos featuring arranged flowers (as well as other objects like candy) by Emily Blincoe. What a great way to start your next floral print. Buy a good assortment of flowers (or pick them once Spring is here again) and arrange, arrange, snap, snap.
- Claudia Brown
Leaves, seedpods, mosses and other natural wonders make great patterns too!
The last part of our print trend coverage for the menswear collections comes via New York. Much like London, Paris, and Milan, plaids reign supreme. However, NYC brings a few more variations such as Duckie Brown’s mixed print interpretation or DKNY’s hand painted 50s look. Stripes also appear as loud, vertical statements or subtler, thin, horizontal lines. Texture prints range from artistic watercolor washes to splotchy, camo styles which contrast with the hard edged, color block prints found primarily in shades of grey.
Stumped on how to move forward with your print designs? Choose a trend direction and begin designing based off this theme. Then, try adding in subtle twists to make the designs feel fresh. For example, plaid prints can be so traditional in form yet, as we’ve seen, designers are mixing them up in new ways to offer interpretations that are original. Play with scale, combine print styles, or simply get out your watercolors and create some beautiful textures. A print collection will appear before you know it.
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Draped with a bricolage of found beads, doodads, and crystals, the garments and head pieces at Maison Martin Margiela’s couture collection remind us so much of the naïve-style, cement towers created by Simon Wadia in Los Angeles. Known as the Watts Towers, these architectural assemblages are composed of 17 interconnected structures made from steel pipes, mortar, tile, glass, and ceramic shards. Constructed between 1921 and 1954, the towers are also decorated with found objects such as scrap metals, sea shells, and bottles.
Get fresh with apple green and grape soda purple.
When one floral isn’t enough, mix it up!
- bekah hilleson
M. Missoni | Phillip Plein | Roberto Cavalli | Lela Rose | Burberry Prorsum | Creatures of the Wind
Thom Browne | Yigal Azrouël | Thakoon Addition | Maxine Simoëns | Thom Browne | Issey Miyake
Emanuel Ungaro | Fausto Puglisi | Francesco Scagnamiglio | Roberto Cavalli | Balenciaga | Q by McQueen
Pre-Fall brought us a bounty of interesting prints, with lots of nice updates on classics like animal prints and florals. Broken geometrics and lines were prominent in a number of collections, creating an edgy look that works well in knits and as two color designs. Tribal prints are still going strong with a variety of new takes, including Valentino’s amazing rug coats.
Valentino | Ter et Bantine | Preen by Thornton Breggazi | Victor & Rolf | No. 21 | Valentino
Valentino x 2 | Vionnet | Tracy Reese | Sacai Luck | Valentino
Part three of our four part print coverage on the men’s shows brings us to Paris where we continue to see many directions repeated. Much like in Milan, plaids get a make-over with blown up window pane looks, glowing edges and distressed treatments. Meanwhile, remarks are tossed about to create subtle details like at Dior Homme or loud statements. Instead of florals, designers take a cue from nature using the leaf motif in scroll-like interpretations. Stripes, a staple in menswear, receive an injection of color and appear either in vertical pinstripe form or in large, wide, horizontal lines. Geometrics turn tribal and take us on a trip around the world with graphic and bold shapes. Choose between saturated shades or stick to classic black and white for a sophisticated effect. Surprisingly, conversational prints appear in varying themes from Carven’s arty scribble to Kenzo’s tool toss, Raf Simons’ moon collages to Paul Smith’s music and animal motifs, which lighten up the autumn/winter collections. View our earlier coverage of London here and Milan here.
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We still have a few months left before the sun warms us up. So, why not take a cue from the Pre Fall collections and cosy up with a blanket. Choose your favorite geometric print from heritage Pendleton looks to tribal interpretations at Dark Room, or check out Ferm Living’s newest collection here.
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