The world has gone mad about prints!
The collections for the Spring/Summer season this year have presented a variety of summer prints and prints-on-prints outfits. Now, one print isn’t enough, the trend is to mix several prints, resulting in an ecclectic style, that can become very, very personal.
This summer’s prints are all about contrasting textiles and patterns which can be used in a symmetrical way, or they could look like they’ve been tossed together to create one original look. Symmetry was a big must this spring. Two other prints that have drawn the attention of fashionistas around the globe are the artwork print and the graphic/geometric print. I’m guessing it’s not that bad to literally wear famous paintings on your clothes, transforming them into fashion masterpieces and increasing their value.
Stripes and florals were also present this season, but then again, they are present every season, in different forms. These prints became a little bit casual compared to the ones mentioned above, but are still here to stay. Also, large floral prints were seen on runways, transforming outfits into even more feminine looks.
Can’t forget about gingham – a major trend this season and animal prints, used, well….unusually. Spring/Summer 2015 has a lot of prints and patterns to offer so why don’t we take advantage of it?
#1 Print Mix
Spice up your outfit and go crazy! Mixing two-three prints on the same look can be rather intriguing and those who really appreciate fashion will understand it and admire your courage. Don’t be afraid, just use your creativity. You can mix dots and stripes, or stripes and geometric designs, pop art with some animal print touches, and there is an infinity of posibilities. It’s not for everybody, so, before taking your mixed prints outfit to the streets, try it indoors, for a closer look.
#2 Artwork prints
Artistic interpretations of famous paintings and pictures are really catchy this summer. Using watercolor prints, abstract patterns and getting some inspiration from Picasso, Monet or other modern painters and artists is the way to go visual this season. Oversized portret or landscape dresses are my favourite this summer, but you can also find swimwears artistically printed if you’re looking for something even more off the charts. You just have to give it a go!
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One print that is frequently used by designers this season is gingham, a beautiful pattern that can be used from the smallest of details to a full outfit. I must say, a whole gingham look doesn’t seem like there’s too much of this print. You can see how the classic combination of black and white gingham was interpreted by some, and how others got more creative and added other colors, using this print from macro to micro. This season, gingham was mainly used on light and sheer fabrics.
#4 Animal print
Animal print is one classic trend, which is interpreted and reinterpreted every year. The classic zebra and leopard/jaguar prints are long gone this season. So, you can say “hello” to the next animal prints. They are a little bit more subtle and not so clearly defined, but they are still obvious. There can be seen bright combinations of animal patterns and a lot of transparency. Abstract animal designs are high on the list these days.
Also a classic print, the stripes trend appears season after season. Yes, black and white or white and gray stripes are still a thing, and although they are constantly shown on summer dresses, suits or skirts and pants, interpretations are still made and they still hit the runway. These classic combos are not necessarily a bad thing. Classic is also a trend. Depends just how you adapt to it. Colorful stripes also make a powerful fashion statement, especially this season.
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#6 Floral print
Floral prints are elegant, feminine and eternal designs that every woman loves at some point, and, again, a major trend this summer. They are unique due to the combination of colors, shimmery textures, sheer fabrics. From what I’ve noticed, floral prints come mostly under the form of a mosaic of small flowers or large floral prints, with one, maybe two large flowers on a outfit. Then, there are the flowers in between, which, used on sheer textiles, cover the feminine shape beautifully. Plenty of options with this type of print.
#7 Graphic/Geometric Prints
These prints come hand in hand with visual effects. You can’t have one without the other. They can show us voluminous pieces, items that define and emphasize the silhouette or pieces that simply flatten the body. One thing is for sure: the graphic/geometric prints have the effect of not getting you bored.
#8 Polka dots
Another significant print this summer is the polka dots print. Regarding this print, the black-white polka dots are a must, which stayed the same throughout the years, varying from micro to macro. An interesting extension of this print is the combination of dots and micro floral patterns, which gives it a fresh touch. You can see how the small flowers can be easily mistaken for dots. But that’s not a problem. A new interpretation is always great. For a more out-of-the-box look, try wearing a polka dot shirt or skirt – obviously, the polka dots have to be in a bright color, such as orange or red.
#9 Pop art prints
The pop art print is all about a series of intriguing combinations of influences from pop artist around the world. This influence was translated into fashion through bright colors, circle motifs, all sorts of stripes, weird designs such as fruits, ice-cream, cartoons, faces or silhouettes. An interesting fashion trend one must try at least one in this lifetime.
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#10 Ethnic prints
Last but not least, the ethnic print really caught my attention, especially throug some of the collections this season. A spectacular collection with massive ethnic prints is the Etro SS 2015 RTW. I just loved every outfit. If you like ethnic prints, you will definitely find inspiration with this collection.
More often than we think, we get inspired by designers even if we don’t want to or look for it, who get inspired by artists, art, nature, music and other elements that clearly represent rich sources of inspiration. The world around us is inspiring. We just have to take advantage of that!
Prints are fashion’s way to say “be original, be unique, be inspired and let your creativity run wild”.
Forget about matching! Mix it up!
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