Leopard print dresses are so 2018! J Lo decided to test drive this spring runway trend wearing a curve-accenting printed number.
Since we’re already two months into 2018, the popular trends and prints for the upcoming year are already piling up. There is one pattern that you’ll see everywhere. Insta-popular bloggers are loving it, while celebrities haven’t missed the opportunity to rock it even on red carpets. Yes, we’re talking about the chic polka dots. Romantic dresses, chic tops, statement pants and even cool outwear, all of them are more than fashionable and appropriate for any season. So if you still haven’t figured out how you’ll flaunt your favorite polka dot items, flip through the pictures below for inspiration.
When you want to keep your winter outfits cozy and trendy, you can involve a chic polka dot shirt.
Fashionistas decided to double up on the trendiest prints because one piece is just not enough sometimes. Technically it’s about mixing prints. But more precisely, it’s all about doubling up(or even tripling) on the same print. Watch the video to get an idea how to pull of the trendiest prints from head to toe.
Afropunk Festival’s street style puts all the other festivals out of the spotlight. The festival has everything from glorious colorful ensembles that celebrate the African heritage to insanely beautiful curly hair and glittery makeup looks. Attendees had two days to enjoy the performances of Solange, Princess Nokia, SZA, Thundercat, Sampha, Raphael Saadiq and more. But the real show was among the cool kids in the audience who flaunted the most striking ensembles that you couldn’t find at any other place but at the Afropunk.
The event took place at Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park and closed out the street fashion for this summer. At the festival, there was a pure positive energy without phobia and discrimination. Besides the impressive street fashion, the festival supports body-positivity and diversity. There were outfits that showed a lot of skin but there was no ageism, sexism, ableism, homophobia transphobia or fatphobia to stand in the way. After all, only bold personalities can pull off such an impressive outfits.
Afropunk welcomed many musicians and activists this year. It was hard to tell who’s popular among the attendees because everyone looked like a real star. The electric colors, mixed prints, and variety of accessories made the outfits hard to miss. Many people complimented their radiant attire with bold lipsticks in neon hues that looked amazing on their melanin infused complexion. The hairstyles were as vibrant as the makeup.
Although the summer is almost gone, these outfits will make you forget that fall is knocking on the door. It’s amazing how vivid colors, striking patterns, and cool street fashion can brighten up your day. You’ll instantly feel yourself after looking at these outfits. Feast your eyes on the show-stopping street style moments from the Afropunk 2017.
Pairing patterns is truly an artistry and a lot of people are scared to wear such risky outfits. It may seem there are no rules, but you have to make sure that the prints look good with one another. We might have less of the summer left but is still not too late to experiment with the colorful prints. Keep in mind that the summer is the best season to flaunt a fun print-on-print outfit.
Adding one print to your outfit might look stylish but we want to encourage you to try something even better. The most effective mixed pattern outfits are the ones with tops and bottoms with different patterns. Since this is a very daring choice, you have to be very careful with the patterns. Keep in mind that some patterns don’t look good with one another. A great idea is to mix stripes with floral print. Another option is to mix the same prints in different colors or sizes. If you want to flaunt a mixed print outfit in a softer version you can add printed shoes, bags, and accessories to your regular outfit.
If you aren’t afraid to experiment we suggest you pick prints in vibrant colors. Eye catching prints in vivid colors will make the boldest outfits. These outfits are hard to miss and will put you in the center of the attention everywhere you show up.
Don’t forget that you still have enough time until the end of the summer to pair the most colorful prints from your wardrobe.To help you master the mixed print outfits we prepared a gallery of cool patterned ensembles. Take a look at these vibrant print-on-print outfits and learn how to mix prints like a real fashionista.
What is in the cards for today? Tossing around the biggest spring/ summer 2017 print trends that once more came to certify that fashion without prints is like cake without sugar. With all those shocking sorbet colors to dominate throughout the upcoming warm seasons, prints come as some pretty additions to bring all that pizzazz around.
Given that the fashion circuit has recently undergone some radical transformations starting from the See-Now-Buy-Now scheme picking up steam to the return of the ‘80s that have been dubbed by many as Dynasty period, we saw spring/ summer 2017 prints churned out in various brand-new interpretations as well.
Stripes are surely number one print type that the majority of designers have fallen in love with dished out in so many colors and shapes that we are now just spoiled for choice. The fashion capitals also smelled aromatic flowers, played geometry games, got enchained by so many checkered prints and plaids, read so many provocative slogans and much more.
Browse through our list of spring/ summer 2017 print trends that are to make your spring looks funny and sunny.
#1: Rainbow Stripes: Rise and Shine!
Without much combing through the spring 2017 fashion collections, it’s just crystal clear that stripes have never been so dynamic and ubiquitous. Our list of spring 2017 print trends starts with the boldest and funniest stripe version of late. When sorbet colors meet stripes, we call it rainbow stripes!
This print trend is happening everywhere as a happy reminder that summer is all about lolling on the beach and traipsing around the town. Designer solutions are just awesome whether we look to Adam Selman’s iridescent knitwear and a transparent maxi stunner in coral and tangerine or throw an eye on those knitted flirty dresses at Proenza Schouler.
Funny rainbow à la Rosie Assoulin embraces a couple of stunning maxi dresses, among them that sparkling one potent enough to make a splash, while the tangerine and blue striped numbers at Altuzarra come with off-the-shoulder designs to add fuel to the fire. Tackle some other rainbow festivals at Marc Jacobs, Milly, Molly Goddard or Opening Ceremony and go more and more rainbow and more and more beach-ready.
#2: Let’s Go to Bed or Pajama Party!
Want to walk the whole spring season wrapped with some lounging relaxed vibe? Look no further than the next spring 2017 print trend that is just advocating to slip into some silky pajamas and to go out and about.
Great pajama party was happening at Ports 1961 in some eye-soothing blue and green shades; the runway was literally bursting at seams with oversized striped comfy shirts and trousers with striped beach cushions tucked under the models’ arms. At Rag & Bone red horizontal stripes cover the models from head to toe, while at Akris this relaxed spring 2017 trendy pattern veers off from ready-to-sleep feeling and takes a more cocktail-party-ready spin.
At Alexander Wang’s dare-to-bare runway show, the pajama party goes on taking the shape of some beach shorts and bras in aquatic blue shade, whereas at Christian Siriano we just cannot resist the siren call of wearing those grey striped pieces to work.
Explore the recent spring/summer collections to enjoy more pajama-inspired stripes at Fendi, Etro and Marques’Almeida. In conclusion, need a real eye-opener? Carolina Herrera renders out a range of retro-style striped evening gowns in black and white that are in no way any black-and-white issue overall.
#3: Floral Canvas Artwork
If there is one predictable spring/ summer 2017 print trend happening up hill and down dale, it is surely to be flowers spread all over the map. The upcoming warm seasons found the leading fashion designers all obsessed with floral canvas artwork, covering the models with tons of itty-bitty flowers.
The strangely puffed oversized numbers at Delpozo demonstrate pretty floral romanticism; at Fendi, floral prints take two equally compelling forms – lingerie silk on the one hand and baroque brocade ones on the other.
Carolina Herrera had a thing for brocade floral prints as well that resulted in a range of royal high-falutin evening gowns in shimmering golden and blue shades, while at Jason Wu and Peter Pilotto, flowers took a more artistic abstract spin.
All in all, we assuredly claim Michael Kors Collection to be the winner in this floral competition with a series of daywear dresses, crop tops and swimwear pieces all wrapped with aquatic blue or avocado green flowers. More floral canvas samples can be spotted at Altuzarra, Rag & Bone, Rosie Assoulin, Simone Rocha, Tory Burch and others.
#4: Gingham vs. Plaid vs. Prince of Wales
These are three prints that have always walked hand in hand yet always in fierce competition. Being the epitome of classicism, all the three patterns keep on riding high on the runways of the major fashion capitals, thus shaping up the next grand spring/ summer 2017 fashion print trend.
It was House of Holland keeping gingham pattern under its thumb but not in their traditional classic form – purple, red and tangerine met to shape pretty gingham patterned flirty dresses, crop tops and flared pants just to fit in with spring mood. Gingham prints were also the major theme at Prada jumping on a range of blazers and skirts both in vibrant and muted shades.
Black and white classic gingham was spotted at the likes of Carolina Herrera, Toga and Dolce & Gabbana. Then it was Pringle of Scotland to give rise to gingham and plaid competition – chocolate shaded plaid utilitarian dresses vs. gingham-patterned dresses and sweaters.
Prince of Wales or glen plaid (call it as you want) was also sent down the runways in the traditional grey shade, but completely harmonized with the flirty mood of the warm season. Think Alexander Wang or Lacoste, where Prince of Wales prints looked just as cool on shorts and rompers.
Doesn’t the modern variation of glen plaid resonate with you? No sweat, go straight to Simone Rocha for more classic numbers perfect to wear in transitional seasons.
#5: Pop Culture Patterns On Duty
Year in, year out we find ourselves in the grips of pop culture, when ready-to-wear fashion shows kick-start. Pop culture prints descended on the spring/ summer 2017 runways as well to shape the next trendy pattern of spring 2017.
When thinking pop culture in fashion, any way you slice it, Dolce & Gabbana pops up with oceans of real-life objects actualized on garment pieces. This time around the Sicilian duo made a unique mixture of drums, flags, spaghetti, ice-cream, jugs, bowls, fish, Italian girls in traditional garb and what not.
Want to get some pop culture fashion with Greek origins? Make a beeline for Mary Katrantzou to revel in those Minoan women images mixed with optical illusion prints.
#6: Slogans All Over
If there is one eloquent print trend of spring 2017, it is definitely slogans that appeared on many runways to deliver some very important messages. Let’s call the spring 2017 fashion month a slogan generator and overstep our bounds to talk via garments.
Take Alexander Wang to spread a Mind Detergent mood around or go to Christian Dior, where Maria Grazia Chiuri is advocating WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS. At Haider Ackermann, it was about SILENCE, at Michael Kors – about Love, while Stella McCartney was endlessly thanking girls with love slogans in between.
However, it was Henry Holland who sent down the runway a range of provocative slogans like Let’s Breed Bella Hadid or Suck on My Toe Phoebe Philo as a strange way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the house.
#7: Playful Polka Dots
When you run out of ideas on how to look flirty and coquettish, always bet on playful polka dots to turn you into the flirtiest girl in town. This is a print seen on many runways recently, thus finding its place in our list of spring/ summer 2017 print trends.
Whether matched with monochromatic pieces or with other print types to concoct some pretty neoteric pattern blocking, the effect is equally as amazing – a woman always ready to embrace a little adventure, living by the principle that life is a game.
The most classic interpretation of polka dots is seen at Dolce & Gabbana – white polka dots against a black background brought into play on some ‘80s-inspired shirts and headbands, as well as on a flaring tulle dress.
At Givenchy, this trendy print was delivered in droves with some esoteric dashes to them and lighted up by warm shades of orange, but what makes us go into raptures are those rainbow polka dots on a tulle dress with ruffles.
Polka dots were also spotted at Louis Vuitton again in their classic black-white form, while at Gucci, pink dots against a blue background pulled off to call some romantic emotions. Want to see the most off-the-wall polka dot versions? Look to Creature of Comfort, where large dots in red and pink were spread densely all over the map.
#8: All-Powerful Animal Prints
Year in, year out animal prints arrive at fashion weeks to throw us into the luxurious and hedonistic zone. The spring 2017 fashion month also saw many leopards, cheetahs and tigers waylaying and many snakes crawling, thus letting us name animal prints as the next summer 2017 print trend.
Leopard prints made a small chapter of Christopher Kane’s spring/summer 2017 runway show on a number of side-slit skirts, outerwear pieces and a single feline girl jumpsuit.
At Alexander Wang, leopard printed outerwear pieces surprisingly matched with athleisure pieces are on the point to kick-start an off-the-track trend, while at Haider Ackermann, animal prints show off their glam-chic factor. Leopard and cheetah prints kept on attacking the runways from Nina Ricci and Dolce & Gabbana to Marc Jacobs and Alessandra Rich.
Treacherous snakes lent their skin to Altuzarra and the takeaway is just amazing under the guise of some outerwear pieces and lightweight dresses at times even mixed with cherry prints, while at Baja East we spotted a tiger passing by.
#9: Classic Pinstripes
The festival of stripes kicks into higher gear when pinstripes arrive in spades as numero uno classic style devotee indicators. Originally meant solely for men’s suits, these ultra-thin stripes, now dished out in brand new interpretations for women as well, make the next grand spring 2017 print trend.
At Aquilano.Rimondi, classic pinstripes embraced a range of oversized shirts, blazers and asymmetrical skirts; at Baja East it was all about slouchy grey pieces with some tropical tenor, while at Chalayan, white-and-blue pinstripes had jumped on shirting cottons to form some deconstructed slouchy pieces. Go further to grasp more pinstripes at Chloe, Creatures of the Wind, Ashley Williams and Band of Outsiders.
#10: Geometric Jigsaw Prints
If there is one summer 2017 print trend that can pack quite a punch and throw us into some equilibrium, it is definitely geometric prints spread chaotically all over to pass off as a jigsaw puzzle.
Geometrical jigsaw puzzle happened triumphantly at Barbara Bui under the guise of iridescent arrow-like prints, zigzags, squares and many other shapes all garnered in one place and dispersed all over unsystematically.
At For Restless Sleepers, we are taken away by those interwoven triangular shapes and half-moons; at Marc Jacobs and Max Mara, we again notice iridescent sliced pieces united together as a pretty patchwork, while at Akris, geometric jigsaw prints play with orange, brown and green shades.
#11: Back to Retro Prints
If your fashion predilections are more prone to the retro style with all those bell-bottom jeans, big sunglasses, fedoras and funky jackets, you are likely to go wild about the next spring/ summer 2017 print trend. Retro prints with repetitive patterns flooding the recent runways come as another proof that the ‘80s are coming back in a great way.
We see this awesome trend happening with might and main at Prada, where those ostrich-feather-trimmed pieces are all covered with iridescent square-shaped repetitive prints, while at Trussardi, retro prints are in the form of waves alternating each other.
You can find more retro prints at Valentino mixed with romantic hearts, at Proenza Schouler, where oceans of itty-bitty red squares turn on their light and at Gucci as well on a silk dress all decorated with G cubes.
#12: Artistic Watercolor Prints
Want to abandon yourself to the delights of artistic fashion? There is no better way than counting on watercolor prints that we just couldn’t help including in our list of summer 2017 fashion print trends.
Whether you give your preference to those blue-orange abstract watercolor prints at Christian Siriano or go for those realistic agate artwork pieces at Givenchy or maybe have a yen for going bizarre with Haider Ackermann’s ink splash prints or Celine’s vertically stretching lobster-imitating print, you will surely tell everyone about your artistic essence without even a single word.
#13: Camouflage Your Fragility with Camouflage Prints
The camouflage prints in dazzle prints, originally meant for military troops to confuse the enemy, are now attacking female wardrobes to maybe camouflage fragility and endow the women with some strength and power.
Though this print didn’t occur at every corner at the recent runway shows, we assuredly decided to include it in our list of spring 2017 print trends to advocate women of the 21st century to overstep the mark and look a little bit androgynous.
Original khaki camouflage was spotted on a petite dress at Marc Jacobs, while the camo prints at Arthur Arbesser veer off from conventional color and are painted in vibrant orange and green shades with more sophistication to them.
#14: Optical Illusion Prints
The last but not least in our list of spring/ summer 2017 print trends is optical illusion patterns that are just zero cool to wear and throw people into some psychological imbalance.
Whenever we mention optical illusion prints in fashion regardless of season, Mary Katrantzou comes to mind with her power to alter human perception. Once again the designer of Greek origin is ahead of the pack with iridescent motion aftereffect prints mixed with Greek culture elements.
We see the runway show of Emilio Pucci also running over with spiral illusion prints up to sending the models down the runway with head-to-toe optical illusion. You can also tackle some black-and-white optical illusion samples at Christian Siriano and Creatures of the Wind.
Photos courtesy of Vogue, Livingly
Don’t miss: Spring/ Summer 2017 Fashion Trends
When seasonal fashion weeks come to end, we start diving into the most stylish solutions of the leading fashion designers just to breathe freely again that there will not be any lack of come-hither looks. The upcoming fall/winter seasons have much to offer starting from enlivening colors and creative cutouts to eclectic prints that have appeared show after show.
Update: Check out the new Spring/ Summer 2017 Print Trends!
Whether you are a true-blue follower of animal prints or your mathematically inclined mind requires a deluge of geometrical prints, while your romantic essence just goes bananas over florets, the fall/ winter 2016-2017 print trends have them all in spades. Having been rummaging through the recent fashion shows we are smoothly passing from the fall 2016 color trends to the main prints and patterns of the season that have caught our attention and are definitely worth being discussed with vim and vigor.
1. Stripes Are Never Out!
The existence of stripes in fashion is just indisputable whether it is warm or cold seasons and they appear not only on garments, but also on handbags, shoes and other accessories. The fall 2016 collections yet again do not fail in bringing stripes of all different styles; vertical or horizontal, diagonal or broken, broad or classic pinstripes thus forming one of the grandest fall 2016 print trends in fashion.
However, vertical stripes seem to take more space this time with Alexis Mabille leading the pack, presenting a bevy of black vertical stripes on the background of blue and red pieces and pinstripes in orange shade. The next stands Acne Studios with its glam-rock stripes on golden pieces, but when we pass to Balmain veering to the stripe royalty just cannot be helped.
At Max Mara stripes are horizontal and board, at times with a leather finish, at times shimmering with some cabaret-worthy effects but also appearing on iridescent knitted pieces, while at Etro tiny horizontal stripes are to flatter those overlong scarves. And if you are still in some hesitation about stripes channeling disparate themes and emotions, look to Tommy Hilfiger’s nautical stripes screaming cruise holidays and to those psychedelic ones spotted at Giambattista Valli.
2. Plaids and Checked Patterns Galore
Take it as granted to see all kinds of plaids and checked patterns whenever fall/winter fashion weeks kick-start, whether in vibrant or muted shades. They are able to work magic when it is to work out a serious businesswoman visage and equally functional when a laid-back playful image is on the agenda. Plaids and checks have never been so exuberant as throughout the fall/winter 2016-2017 fashion weeks both in terms of colors and sizes.
At Barbara Bui the plaid festival is all painted vibrant red appearing on some form-fitting pantsuits with some nomadic vibes to them with sleeves rolled up in a cool manner, while at Burberry it is those loose-fitting wool coats that have plaids happily lodged in all muted shades possible. At Chanel observing plenty of checks and plaids on tweed skirt suits at times with tattered endings is matter-of-course and this time around Karl Lagerfeld took on to aggrandize their position on pork pie hats and knee-high boots as well.
At Ralph Lauren plaids are wrapped with strait-laced accents, at Vetements taking slovenly underground steer on the semi-tucked shirts, while at Victoria Beckham everything is more than relaxed with a bevy of double-breasted coats and tattered strapless dresses to best channel Posh Spice’s self-reliant essence.
3. Prince of Wales Check
Turn a blind eye at the fact that Prince of Wales check or glen plaid (call it as you want) has its roots laid in mannish outfits and dare to blur all boundaries especially as many a designer is now commanding to seize this classic opportunity. This elegant, classic and noble check type so widely used among kings, princes and presidents both in the past and today is to embrace our female bodies soon in the future thereby forming another big fall/ winter 2016 print trend.
Georgian underground designer Demnia Gvasalia surely keeps Prince of Wales check under his thumb dreaming up off-the-wall blazes and dresses with cocoon shapes for the iconic Balenciaga, while for Vetements his bizarre predilections find their embodiment on center-pleated pants and blazers with oversized shoulders all of them playing within grey-brown spectrum. Isabel Marant and Miuccia Prada take glen plaid to a more adventuresome and wayfaring level, the former materializing this pattern on some oversized coats and on a mini dress with drapes, while the latter teaming cozy outerwear with wide corset belts and cool gloves.
At Sonia Rykiel we see chocolate brown and burgundy glen plaids on some slouchy pants but those cropped blazers with fur collars are definitely head and shoulders above. And if you are after glen plaid sophistication, Carolina Herrera is able to best fill the bill via those elegant flaring dresses with plunging necklines.
4. Flirtatious Polka Dots
If you know every trick in the book about female allure and come-hither looks, then you are surely up on the fact that the polka dots flatter any look in a New York minute whether they are tiny or gargantuan, spread all over sparsely or densely. We see the leading fashion designers afresh falling for polka dots during the fall/winter 2016 fashion shows and infecting us with this addiction once more.
Even if Hedi Slimane is to part ways with Saint Laurent according to some rumors, his fall/winter 2016 collection inspired by the haute couture of the ‘80s is surely to sponge in our memories for a long time yet with those sharp strapless tailoring, puffed skirts, glitters and, of course, those lovely polka dots spotted on a couple of red and black skirts. At Elie Saab, iridescent tiny polka dots are spread all over navy blue evening dresses, while at Marc Jacobs black and white classic polka dots are taking a small chapter of the intimidating gothic show appearing on elongated silhouettes.
At Edun polka dots take the shapes of many buttons, both realistic and printed, decorating a couple of blue silk pieces, but it is definitely MSGM and House of Holland that have been going to all marbles and presenting thongs of polka dots in different shapes. Go and get the largest polka dots at MSGM on those massive puffed coats or else make a beeline for Naeem Khan to find a maxi silk frock sporting gigantic black dots located in vertical alternation.
5. Floral Paradise
Floral prints mixed with other botanical motifs are to be deemed as the most common print type year in year out. This year is no different with oceans of flowers embracing nigh every fall 2016 collection. With Dolce & Gabbana, realistic floral fields are common to observe this time around also jibing with a fairy tale theme; at Blumarine and MSGM flowers keep on staying within vibrancy, but when we pass to Etro and Alberta Ferretti floral canvases instantly become muted and earthy-toned.
At Monique Lhuillier and Alexander McQueen we catch some floral bunches squirted here and there, while at Miu Miu itty-bitty flowers are spread all over in an extremely dense scheme. Metallic flowers spotted at Suno and Etro are also delicious tidbits to feast eyes on, but when they buckle down to embellish diaphanous illusion dresses at Alexander McQueen and Temperley we are truly thrown for a loop. Just in case your floral appetite is not yet wetted and you want them everywhere, Anna Sui’s floral tights or Balenciaga’s floral knee-high boots will be up your street, for sure.
6. Animal Skin Patterns
If there is one print type reading luxury and hedonism from soup to nuts, it is definitely animal skin prints running the gamut at the fall/winter 2016 runway shows. Leopards, tigers, zebras and reptiles have lent their extravagant skins to many a fashion designer or at least the pattern ideas to non-animal-policy-followers and today we have another awe-inspiring print trend that is genuinely accordant with cold and windy days.
Leopards and cheetahs were playing hardballs appearing at Dries Van Noten, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Topshop Unique, Isabel Marant, Acne Studios, just to name a few. At Dries Van Noten, a range of slouchy pants was delivered inter alia matched either with blazers or sportive bomber jackets; at Dolce & Gabbana we spotted a midi dress covered with leopard prints with some kittens discerned in between and many outerwear samples at times with furry collars at Givenchy.
The models at Roberto Cavalli with some living-high-on-the-hog twist to them were sporting many splendid numbers with prints borrowed from ferocious tigers, among them a glittering cutout dress spinning our heads truly, while at Christian Siriano a zebra has apparently passed by printing its lovely black-white skin pattern on a flaring full skirt + blazer combo. And in case the animal skin predilections of yours are angled at reptile prints, head to Burberry for some green or blue trench coats or else to H&M to see vibrant red reptile skin, blowing away the cobwebs so effectively.
7. Lovey-Dovey Stars, Hearts and Butterflies
Flicking through all the runway shows of late, we are running into the cutest fall/ winter 2016-2017 print trends evoking all those happy-go-lucky feelings within us. Lovey-dovey stars, hearts and butterflies have also made their way through fall 2016 runway shows many a time and oft with Alexander McQueen offering up apparently the liveliest scenery throughout – splendid maxi dresses and black wool or leather coats sheltering a plethora of flittering-fluttering butterflies mixed with other objects.
This lovely butterfly scene then smoothly passes from Alexander McQueen to Zuhair Murad, where silk and suede minis, full skirts and leggings all decorated with iridescent butterflies come to view. We see hearts and stars at Mary Katrantzou appearing on a slew of pieces densely in apple-pie order but also taking the form of a very large butterfly as the bib design of a pleated tulle dress, while at Anna Sui stars and hearts are garnered in one place.
But hearts are sometimes far cry from being lovey-dovey like in case of some prickly ones at Vetements on leather thigh-high boots all surrounded with pistols, swords and Love, Hate words in the center.
8. Contemporary Pop Art Prints
Are you geared up to feast eyes on some unique numbers with the most unexpected object on them? We have extravagant Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana duo to vine and dine us with objects extracted from fairy tales, like mice, mirrors, watches, spruced-up ladies, cups, chandeliers and so on and so forth. With Alexander Wang you will be transferred to a striptease bar, while Au Jour Le Jour is inviting you to a cocktail party.
We see many prints of sensual lips and lipsticks at Alexander McQueen and intriguing smoking lips at Moschino and Just Cavalli. We see many nautical objects like ships, anchors, wheels, lighthouses and all that jazz at Tommy Hilfiger’s marine runway show and chaotically spread retro cars on midi dresses and jumpsuits at Veronique Leroy. But the prize for the most bizarre pop-art interpreter goes to Ashley Williams for sure thanks to those Taser prints all over the map.
9. Let’s Play Geometry Wars
All those geometric figures and shapes are the best warrants to channel futuristic atmosphere and when it comes to fall 2016 trendy prints and patterns, the ruling fashion designers seem to have been given green light to do anything their creative minds contrive to do with triangular figures, diamonds, quadrates, pentagonal shapes, rounds, ovals, zigzags and goodness knows what else. A geometry rain surely poured down on Emporio Armani “New Pop” runway show. The takeaway is just amazing – vibrant geometry shapes lighting the runway and flocks of iridescent figures jazzing up elegant garment pieces.
At Isabel Marant and Prada diamond prints are calling the tune aligned vertically or horizontally to shape lovely argyle patterns either on knitted sweaters or eccentric tights at Prada. We literally get a kick out of those mouth-watering frocks at Naeem Khan with all the existing geometry shapes mixed with each other all over the map and we want to endlessly feast eyes on those tiny triangular and round shapes at Valentino, while at Salvatore Ferragamo it is all about vibrant broad zigzags to lead the pack. Geometry shapes are delivered in droves at Stella Jean and Emilio Pucci as well.
10. Psychedelic Prints and Optical Illusions
Concentric circles, spirals, paisleys, metaphysical and surrealistic images, pulsating designs and patterns painted in the most vibrant colors possible make the next fall 2016 print trends, ready to throw anyone into a psychedelic trance. We have the Anna Sui collection at our disposal all impregnated with flaming psychedelic prints with some hallucinogenic images and abstract flowers mixed together and we have Custo Barcelona riding high with those pulsating circles and diamonds on some skirts and dresses.
At Versace rocky psychedelic images are brought into life on a range of Airy Blue pieces; at Marni we get an eyeful of those fish-scale-order colorful prints, chaotic lines, blurred botanical motifs and unknown images resembling chemical compounds, while the repeated motifs on Chanel tweed pieces are really contradicted to look at for more than a minute. But if you need some psychological therapy, head to Givenchy to become detached from reality.
11. Pieces of Art: Portraits and Sceneries
When a fashion designer meets an artist, the takeaway is just awe-inspiring much as it occurred at fall 2016 fashion shows recently. This is far the most eloquent print trend for fall 2016 we are so impatient to embrace soon in the future. Need the name of the leader in this trend? It is definitely Prada with its vagabonding skirts and outerwear pieces emblazoned with Christophe Chemin’s still-life paintings, illustrations of deserts and a sensual kiss under night sky.
Some tops and sweatshirts at Opening Ceremony switch on their screens to show Syd Mead’s futuristic illustrations, while at Topshop Unique everything is more than sophisticated – velvet and sequined dresses displaying amazing nature sceneries from A Winter’s Tale. The Paris Fashion Week brings to our pleasure those surrealistic portraits by Matthieu Bourel materialized at the Undercover runway show, while the fall 2016 show of House of Holland, devoted to two of the greatest party decades – the Seventies and the Twenties, renders out the portraits of Cher, Liza Minnelli, and Debbie Harry.
12. Animal Planet
The recent fall/ winter 2016-2017 print trends have left us wandering for a long time among many animals, whether terrestrial, air or nautical, some of them evoking namby-pamby feeling within us, while others scaring us to bits. Kittens and cats come to embrace many fall collections. Start from Dolce & Gabbana’s fluffy playful kittens and end with those black sinister cats at Marc Jacobs and Alexis Mabille.
Gucci is entering a symbiosis of fish, funny parrots, roaring panthers and fraudulent snakes. Paco Rabanne scares the bejesus out us through those roaring tigers and a dragon peeping through sprout branches, while at Stella McCartney elegance spread out instantly through multiple swans.
13. Print Blocking on the Go!
The last fall/ winter 2016 print trend on our list that has been spotted by leaps and bounds in all the four fashion cities is surely print blocking that gives considerable verve albeit spreading chaos around and begetting optical illusions. We give the prize for the best print blocking experience to Altuzarra. The idiosyncratic designer pulled off to bring together stripes and flowers in one number, paisleys and two different floral canvases in another number and geometric shapes and paisleys in the third one.
Let us now pass to Christian Dior and revel in those densely aligned floral print blocking either in blue-red combination or in a blue-red-purple solution or to Balenciaga to see myriads of flowers gathered from different fields and pulled together in one look so triumphantly.
14. Houndstooth Patterns
Appearing on coats, dresses, jackets and sometimes even bags and shoes, houndstooth patterns also make their way onto the biggest fall/ winter 2016-2017 print trends list. They look especially cool in winter, so no wonder many a designer capitalized on this pattern for fall. Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors and Salvatore Ferragamo are just few of the houses that show their love for houndstooth patterns in their fall creations.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
With the spring and summer 2016 Fashion Week runway shows done, having moved from the streets of New York City to palaces of London, the operas of Milan to fashion districts in Paris, we begin to pull together the reports of all the different trends, including the gorgeous spring/ summer 2016 print trends that could be seen on those masterfully presented collections strutted down the catwalks around the world. We’ve seen designers of all ancestries appear, from European to Middle Eastern, American to Asian, and each had his or her own flair to show off to the awaiting crowds who, themselves, looked quite fashionable as the warm summer days gave way to the cooler autumn winds.
One of the biggest trends on any Fashion Week, aside from the actual cuts and the colors, is the existence of prints. We see all types of prints appear on that runway, with all different ideals by each artist as to how best one captures the imagination on fabrics of all types. We’ve seen everything from tie-dye to animal prints, pretty florals and everything in between this season. But there are a few prevailing spring/ summer 2016 print trends that have gotten our attention and we would like to share those today.
See also: Spring/ Summer 2016 Color Trends
#1: Bold Gingham Patterns
Gingham patterns seem to be in for a few seasons now, though it has only gotten bolder for 2016. There is a bit more accenting to it now, a bit more color and a touch more creativity. We see intriguing gingham fading into abstract floral print dresses appear on Marc Jacobs, worn head to toe. Thakoon brought in some gorgeous works that gave gingham a softer, more amiable appeal, while Victoria Beckham’s vision for the trend included more contrast, a bit more subtlety in changing colors and plunging necklines on dresses reaching around the ankles.
Zac Posen made it look almost Victorian in stylization, pockets on dresses showing off décolletage and all, as the Marissa Webb girls strutted down in sleeveless, full bodied pieces that were all about the slouch and the comfort. Wes Gordon gave schoolgirls a new outfit as well, pleated skirts and triangle top additions only adding to its appeal as gingham prints took over the whole getup.
#2: All Different Stripes
Stripes are to summer what fur is to winter it appears, at least in the fashion world. It is a warm weather classic that has been around for ages, or at least many decades and has been getting an update on an annual basis. This time around, it brings out eclecticism in the garments worn, making Tome’s multiple layers of stripes that much more on the attractive side. Anna Sui has bee maze mini dresses with thicker striped jackets thrown over the shoulder and matching colored shoes, while Alexander Wang takes bowler shirts, adds a bit of baseball to it and then thickens the stripes on a longer jacket in order to achieve the punkish look he loves to opt for.
High waists on retro striped pants cropped at the ankles appear on the Marc Jacobs runway, while striped wraparound shirts tucked into wraparound skirts give Public School a good amount of public adoration. Stripes of all colors and alignments appear at Tanya Taylor, while they come in arrowhead designs at Tommy Hilfiger.
Long shirtdresses with slits up the sides appear in predominantly white stripes at Nill Lotan, while there are plunge necked jumpsuits at Missoni and rather wide pants in candy colors on the J. Crew runway. J JS Lee brings in sherbet-colored stripes in pink, lime and blue on the first day of the London Fashion Week, while horizontal banded Bardot stripes appear on the Riviera swimwear seen at Sibling.
We see rainbow stripes painted diagonally down at Jonathan Saunders, the stripes also coming into play at Ashley Williams, Gareth Pugh, Preen, Peter Pilotto and others. Banded knits, extreme stripes, monochrome jigsaws and fine stripe surfaces are a common enough look for the upcoming seasons, making stripes possibly the best possible trend to go with.
Colorful stripes at Isa Arfen really do us in with the pink and green combo. Dior brings in vertical thick stripes, while it is all about the candy colors at Stella McCartney and bare shoulders at Salvatore Ferragamo, and Bengal stripes at Ralph Lauren. Prada brings in the black white and yellow combo, while Tommy Hilfiger goes traditional here. And then there are those pajama sets at Dolce & Gabbana followed by candy stripes on light and pretty coats as per Emporio Armani. We cannot help but fall in love with Milly’s dresses though, beachy effects and all.
#3: Abstract Floral Prints
While floral prints have been a big thing over the past few seasons, they are split into abstracts and rather realistic designs this time around. The abstract is even more intriguing than expected though, what with the gauzy skirts and very summery bodies lending to its appeal. Jason Wu brought in the abstract floral patterns for spring 2016 on a black background, with the colors muted and flattering against the tanned body.
Abstract florals appear on Calvin Klein Collection’s pajama pieces, the set including a robe and shoes to go with the shirt and ankle cropped slouchy pants. Abstract looks awesome with print blocks as well, something seen on Mother of Pearl, Duro Olowu and Mary Katrantzou, among others. The realistic combines with the abstract in florals at Creatures of the Wind, particularly on the raw hemmed designs.
Gabriel Cadena makes bare shoulders and mini dresses look astoundingly gorgeous with the blue hydrangea to diver hued gradient patterning, abstract florals and all. Add Phillip Lim to the list here as it appears with creeping floral vines, and a frilly feminine countenance. Gorgeous floral lace appears on stockings at the Rodarte show as well, while they look almost psychedelic at Burberry Prorsum.
#4: Realistic Floral Patterns
We love it when we can tell just what type of flower is depicted on a certain piece of an outfit. That is what makes Trina Turk’s daisy embellished tight fitting cropped pants in aqua, white and buttercup yellow that fantastic for a customer. It is bright, it is sunny and it is perfect for the spring and summer seasons.
You see lilies appear at Whit on off-the-shoulder dresses in green and white, darkly smudged exotic flowers at Daks, chiffon creepers at Jasper Conran, batik leaves at Zandra Rhodes, as well as foxglove and wisteria at Giles Deacon. Alice Temperley brought in inspirations from Havana, while Victoria Beckham had fun with her Moroccan exotic flora.
Gucci brings in tiny little white bud on a green background, making the jock letter jacket into a very feminine entity. Pretty red and blue flowers against a black background appear at Tanya Taylor, appearing quite lovely with their bare shoulders and looser feeling to the dresses.
It is a field of daisies when it comes to Creatures of the Wind print blocking, wherein it appears more of a black & white versus color combinations. Those fields extend to bluebells it seems with Michael Kors looking fantastic in New York, and Suno giving us a rather intriguing view of its beauties. Kate Spade, on the other hand, simply screams flower power!
#5: Tie It and Dye It
Possibly one of our very favorite spring/ summer 2016 print trends is the whole tie-dye thing with the modern twist. It is nothing like the hippie colored t-shirts, but very much more on the chic side, with the cuts making it even more attractive for the women of the world. We see gorgeous beachside dresses including the asymmetrical pinned up plunging neckline and high slit dress in green yellow and black seen at Altuzarra during the Fashion Week. Altuzarra has multiple pieces sporting this look, including a gorgeous beach signifying piece with short sleeves, a rounded neckline and a small slit up the side of the thigh.
The trend takes on a very modern feel at BCBG Max Azria as well, with a bit of a sportier daytime look to it, while Thakoon combines tie-dye prints with plaid for the ultimate effect. Rachel Comey brings in tiny sleeved tunics in Diver hues and white, while it’s all about the bold and the beautiful at Baja East.
Gorgeous skies take over at Emilio Pucci, making those matching blouse and skirt looks appear all the more delectable, while it is a splatter of army we are looking at come the infamous Valentino collection. Pretty little tie dye dresses appear at Paco Rabanne, with huge rings forming on the slips at Narciso Rodriguez and the spring coming down lower to pants at MM6 Maison Margiela.
#6: Hidden Hawaiian Prints
We love Hawaiian prints. We love them when they appear on shorts and shirts, especially for men, and we certainly love it when they play peek-a-boo and camouflage games with us on women’s fashion as they did for the upcoming spring and summer 2016 seasons. They are not your typical spring/ summer 2016 prints seen in Paris or otherwise on the more chic and sophisticated runway shows in general, but they most certainly looked incredible as we saw them appear on those high-end top of the line designer collections. This included shiny voluminous skirt suits with long jackets at Rochas, bolder and more artistic than the Chalayan prints, where the look was barely visible at all on those white floor-length dresses. We saw them appear on mini hemmed looks in green on Giambattista Valli and Paul & Joe, while the likes of Guy Laroche paired a gorgeous olive green jacket with the hidden Hawaiian prints with calf-length tights and strappy sandals underneath.
#7: Clearly Animal Prints
This is possibly one of the more intriguing spring/ summer 2016 print trends that has been going on with weaker but steady strength since the last few seasons. It looks fantastic as well, with animal features appearing on the runway in clear detail – as opposed to simply being the print of the hide – throughout the Fashion Weeks around the world. In London, MM6 brought in a horse with certain wing-style additions, while Marc Jacobs brings in some horseshoe and farm-related prints on a slightly rounded plunging neck vest. If you love snakes, it is Gucci’s collection this year that features all types of interesting snake prints appearing on mannish suits and skirts and tops, offset by the pineapples on the wide tailed ties.
#8: Stars & Geography Prints
The world is a beautiful place and there comes a time when designers are going to turn to some geographic prints to sate their curiosity in bringing that beauty onto the fashion floor. In Gucci’s case, we saw rather intriguing shiny map skirts falling to midi level that really caught our attention, while Dolce & Gabbana used famous Italian sights as perfect prints to decorate their elaborate designs.
Stars were huge though. They really made a splash and looked like childhood stickers pasted onto pants and all. Dresses, denim and other garments find themselves adorned with stars! Creatures of the Wind brings it in with a bone colored set, high waist and open midriff and all, wherein the stars appear on the pant legs down to the knees. If you like seeing flags on the scene, check out Lacoste’s flag skirt with all the patriotic stars hanging there. Almost floral looking stars come into play at Karen Walker, while we enjoy the effects of a star spangled sky.
#9: Illusion to the Eye Prints
It is not as common as we may want it to be, but the optical illusion prints are actually rather numerous on the runway shows for the coming season. Dries Van Noten brings in interesting tops with cinched waists featuring a lovely green and yellow swirling pattern. The contrasting black and white swirls at J.W. Anderson are rather intriguing against the sea blue zigzags appearing down the middle of the mini skirt, while Daks brings in black and white mirrored prints for even more confusion to your focus.
#10: Strokes of Paint Prints
It looks like paint was brushed onto the cloth at time, with strokes appearing here and there, particularly on a beauty such as the Prabal Gurung collection that left the bare shouldered slide slit look appear utterly breathtaking. Gorgeous aesthetics appear on organic prints with elegance and artistic creativity, the brushstrokes often bringing in the natural world, the beauty of it captured especially well on the Jasper Conran Fashion Week runway show.
#11: Chintz Prints
There are a lot of floral prints in all sorts of different styles for the spring and summer seasons it appears. This includes the Victorian offshoot of chintz, very different from the large poppies seen in New York. It was a big London trend and included small flowers and softer designs, from the spotting of it at Markus Lupfer, to the gorgeous English look in a button-down piece at Vivienne Westwood Red Label (the preferred Vivienne Westwood line).
Topshop Unique brought in the chintzy prints for wraparound robe tops and tight fitting ankle cropped pants, while Emilia Wickstead had the more abstract mixed with the clearer florals in contrast with Bora Aksu’s quaint and almost gem-like quality to its florals. The off-the-shoulder look – a rather huge trend on the runways for spring – at Temperley London was simply beautiful with the chintz effect to it, something seen at Jonathan Saunders, Emilia Wickstead, Duro Olowu, Mary Katranzou and Mother of Pearl as well. Add a yellow background and pretty Victorian ruffles to the likes of Erdem and it looks positively amazing. And then, of course, there is that whole defining look in the voluminous Delpozo gown from the New York catwalk.
#12: Graphic Marble Prints
Marble is one of the most interesting spring/ summer 2016 print trends that take over the runways left right and center, appearing with rather interesting colors throughout. It brings styles to life with a rather vivid intensity and allows for a very bold and graphic finish to the touches made on the designer items. The print appears on both garments and accessories, the Valentino pieces looking rather striking with the pops of color and sheer detailing. It’s more about the fluid and digitalization of the prints appearing on a couple of Roberto Cavalli designs with the strong impacts and the shades of rust, light brown and white.
#13: Print Blocking
Possibly one of the more common spring/ summer 2016 print trends seen on the runway was the whole print blocking businesses. You know how color blocking includes putting together large chunks of monochromatic hues? Print blocking actually has to do with using very clear prints of highly different trends together, mixing and matching to create the latest fashions. It was big in New York and everywhere else as well, but in the former we saw it appear at Victoria Beckham, BCBG Max Azria, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, among others.
Diane Von Fustenberg made this print blocking business look really good, what with the bubblegum pinks and Barbie designs, the plunge to the neckline and the wraparound effects to the dress. Different types of flowers appear in swatches of print, making it all come together in a cohesive manner, unlike the crazy contrast seen at Victoria Beckham.
London brought in print blocks from Jonathan Saunders with his gorgeous fluttering dresses, Emilia Wickstead with her red carpet worthy gowns, Duro Olowu with those incredibly floral blocks, Mary Katrantzou with the psychedelic colors, Mother of Pearl with the gradients leading to midi hem and knee high boots, Coach with the chintzy florals, etc.
#14: Plaid & Checkered Patterns
While plaid is a rather large print trend for spring 2016 on the runway, in bold colors and bolder designs, the smaller more geometrical and clearly lined checks are even more interesting and appealing to the human senses. They come in shirts and jackets, belted or simply hanging about, both garments of which appear on the Miu Miu runways. They may be smaller at Marc Jacobs as well, but certainly not as small as at Miu Miu, with an addition of shiny material and shimmering backgrounds, a whole lot of sparkle left to go around.
#15: Romantic Floral Prints
There are floral prints that can look quite realistic and also very much on the romantic side with the way they have been positioned, the types of garments it is worn with and the background colors all ending to a rather Victorian but often simply love-inspiring effect. Romantic versions of the flower prints for spring 2016 come into effect on Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta, Etro and Erdem, each with its own version of what the print should look like.
While it’s vines of flowers in multiple panels at Erdem, there is a spattering of the designs on the bare shouldered Tory Burch dresses. Black lace effects around stark white backgrounds to the bloody red carnations adorn the Oscar de la Renta designs. It only gets all the more romantic when you add some Philosophy by Lorenzo Serafini in there, what with the abstract effect to the transparent fabric barely covering up the body.
Romance against a denim finish can be found in another part of Alexander McQueen’s collection, what with the Western Fabric cut beautifully to bare a bit of the belly while still maintaining its luxurious feel. She’s a cowgirl with a stylish attitude.
Dolce & Gabbana’s lemon hued floral print dresses are one of the biggest trending looks from the Fashion Weeks, taking away the saccharine of strawberry and giving it all a very fresh outlook. Even Coach has something romantic going with its drop waist prairie dresses that we can imagine appearing on a very country-oriented show.
#16: Wacky Abstract Prints
Like a good modern abstract painting, there are a few clothing styles where the prints take on a whole new dimension as is the case with the sparkling multi-colored slip of a dress at Tom Ford that really shows off the chest region in an uncommonly artistic plunge. At Peter Pilotto, the abstract effect of the bold colors actually almost reminds us of Christmas lights, bare shoulders and layered skirts and all.
Wacky and abstract pants are seen at Loewe as well, while nothing can beat the silver beauties at Maison Margiela. Just as it is expected from Maison Margiela, we equally expected interesting abstract artwork from Christopher Kane and we were certainly not left wanting or disappointed. Colorful patchwork creates a slip dress that can be worn everywhere from barbeques to wedding ceremonies. It is a versatile piece and a favorite for the upcoming warmer seasons.
#17: Watercolor Prints
We see paintings of all types, but instead of brushstrokes, here we have some intriguing watercolors that take on the iconic works of master painters. There is a certain romance to these and a blurred expressiveness that highlights femininity on runway shows such as Calvin Klein, with its matching floral sets, BCBG Max Azria with its blue and purple florals against a gorgeous white background, the skirts matching with the jacket thrown on top, as well as Simone Rocha with the incredibly spring look to the light feel of the dresses that add crisscross glass beading to the chest.
#18: First Draft Prints
When it comes to the spring/ summer 2016 prints, not all of them need be geometric or floral accented. Sometimes they include words. In this case, a few designers opted to write their pieces on their garments, a creative process presented that uses imperfect or amended slogans. There is hand-written topography as well as doodled words and repeated phrases. Even scribbled motifs appear here and there. Christopher Kane is most certainly among this list, with some rather lovely pieces to boot, fringed edges and all. We see Each x Other come in with sweater dresses that have cleanly typed up word drafts on it, while Ashish loves the scratches and doodles very much.
Photos courtesy of Vogue UK
With the fashion shows staged during New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks officially over, we finally have time to really take in all the incredible looks showcased for our pleasure, knowing that too many have captivated our attention and our idea for a fall/winter wardrobe has grown tenfold already. Trends have been set and others fully ignored. Between plunging V necklines and thigh high slits, bug eyed sunglasses and velvet or leather materials used throughout, we have been given such a lovely combination of breathtaking looks that will define our fashion sense for quite a long time coming. We were pleasantly surprised with so many of the prints and patterns that made it onto the catwalk, falling in love with the layers and the textures, the cultural connotations and flowery accents. Every fashion house had something different to offer, a fashionable addition to our closets that encompassed an entirely different set of patterns and prints, setting all sorts of trends! We have already looked into the spring/ summer 2015 print trends, with so many of them making it into the fall/winter seasons as well. Below, we have rounded up the fall/ winter 2015-2016 print trends that come to make our fall styling much more creative and exciting!
Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #1: Houndstooth Patterning
The houndstooth look is an interesting one that was a major part of the Miu Miu collection presented on the final day of Paris Fashion Week. It originated in the Scottish lowlands as woven wool cloth, using a twill patterning to it. The first references to houndstooth in fashion were made by De Pinna in New York City, in 1885, from which point it began to appear in all types of collections. The brown version is used to create so many of the Miu Miu pieces for the fall/winter seasons, making it the official print of the brand for the final months of 2015.
Sonia Rykiel also shows a certain amount of love for the prints, using darker coloring to keep the contrasts to a minimum while bringing the focus to other parts of the outfits on some of the models. Ermanno Scervino loves his black and white and the houndstooth dresses and coats take up a good portion of the collection brought onto the catwalk, alongside his other masterpieces that are but a pleasure to behold. Houndstooth patterns look utterly feminine and sophisticated in the Carolina Herrera collection.
Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #2: Exotic Reptile Skin Motifs
Snakeskin and alligator skin prints are beautiful to behold as they have been used to make clothing for a very long time indeed. Both belong to the exotic reptile skin category, and have often been utilized to create handbags, footwear, belts, and fashion accessories. Today, it is very much a part of the latest in fashion fads, used to accent coats and create skirts, such as is the case with Miuccia Prada’s Miu Miu label. From the red snakeskin jackets to the alligator skin dresses in an Oak Buff color that falls into the fall/ winter 2015-2016 color trends.
They come in exceptionally captivating colors as well, from bright sunshine yellow to the pretty lighter teal hue, black and white combinations and primary or secondary coloring that includes a true orange and a classic red. Dresses and skirts in snakeskin prints appear on the Chloe fashion show as well, while Marni proves the house adores its snakes as much as its warm plush fur. For Marni, the snakeskin appears in multiple colors, the teal being the best, while the material is used for both handbags and thick belts showing off a cinched in waist.
Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #3: Abstract, Artistic and Kid Scribble Prints
Dolce & Gabbana is the fashion house that seems to love kid scribbles on their mini dresses and skirts, while Giorgio Armani offers us a wide array of choices in beautiful art deco and floral designs that are far from looking real. We have to saw that those childish drawings on the Dolce & Gabbana outfits were adorable and the idea to use such a print on the garments rather ingenious. It was a tribute to mothers everywhere and we can certainly see these pieces as becoming beautiful gifts for the upcoming Mother’s Day celebrations. Those absolutely sick Madonna prints from Dolce & Gabbana should also be mentioned in the category of the abstract and artistic patterns of the fall/ winter 2015-2016 print trends.
Antonio Marras includes abstract patterning that looks almost like a Rorschach blotted ink test as well, while rainbow colors create marble style looks for the house’s fans to enjoy. Emporio Armani brings abstract artistry to its garments as well, with psychedelic colors and almost boxier designs to some of the pieces. The best in this category has to be Giles from the London Fashion Week though with his watercolor abstracts and fun swirling prints.
Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #4: Graphic and Op-Art Prints
In terms of abstract patterns, there are a few garments that also offer a bit of an optical illusion, such as the black and white pieces presented on the Emilio Pucci runway, appearing on thigh high boots and mini dresses. Nothing says optical illusions like the Byblos collection on the Milan Fashion Week, from the crop tops with the rounded appearance around the bust to the full length dresses that keep having one do a double take on each area looked at. Op-art prints also appeared a lot at the Jonathan Saunders and Tom Ford fashion shows, both of which brought a splash of color to the scene, while Karen Walker also offers a big portion of optical illusion patterns. Gorgeous graphic patterns in bright shades make an appearance in the Christian Dior fall collection as well.
Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #5: Leopard Prints
Animal prints are big for the fall/winter season in general, but it is the leopard that most designers opt to emulate on their coats and their dresses, but generally the outerwear. While Miu Miu prefers the white leopard as its inspiration, Louis Vuitton turns to darker coloring, where the spots appear to be water splatters on a dirty hood of a car. Though, even here we find a dress that matches the Miu Miu collection, despite being LV, a zip up mini dress that gives the model the right amount of feline attitude.
Saint Laurent offers a piece or two in the print as well, while yellow, white and black mark the pieces that include the leopard print with the smaller spots in the Kenzo line. The leopard prints appear heavily in the Roberto Cavalli collection, looking positively spectacular as the models saunter onto stage in midi skirts and mini dresses, while also appearing on pretty vests over flowing, billowing dresses. Just Cavalli brings a different touch to the classic look by using red, white and orange coloring against the black outlines of the spots.
Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #6: Plaid Pieces
Plaid is the American and Canadian name for the Scottish tartan patterns that literally dominated so many of the collections presented on the runway, this including the Paul & Joe label presented on the Paris Fashion Week. They are warm wool fabrics and Miu Miu also decided to capitalize on their pretty checked looks that literally have us thinking of Scots in the winter, wearing tartan garments to ward off the chill. Chloe brings long ankle length plaid coats to the runway, while Vivienne Westwood knows how to bring the pattern to a fairy tale world with her Grimm Brothers style line-up. Acne Studios used a whole lot of tweed with the same patterning, while Alexander Wang mixed black and red for those cozy pieces that seemed some of the only wearable pieces we saw on the runway.
Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #7: All Types of Stripes
Stripes are quite common among the fall 2015 collections presented on the different runways from Paris to Milan, New York to London. One of the biggest striped looks that we see on the runway is the use of pinstripes, a look that is especially intriguing on the Louis Vuitton peplum tops and skirts. Horizontal stripes with thicker stripes are also something we came to expect from all the different designer showcasing their pieces, seen on Miu Miu and Paul & Joe, Valentino’s black and white versions and Sonia Rykiel’s love for the metallic silver these days. Kenzo really took his stripes to another level when you put waves in them, combined dark blue hues with a bright yellow for maximum contrast and drew some of the lines in a sideways fashion.
Stripes went across and they went down in a vertical manner, they were cut off in the middle and continued a level below or they looked like sound waves from the radio. No matter how Kenzo did it, it looked spectacular. Salvatore Ferragamo of the Milan Fashion Week gives us beautiful horizontal and vertical stripes that take on contrasting colors, working perfectly with one another. Roberto Cavalli plays around with the waving stripes, while Oscar de la Renta brings broken lines to the stripy patterning on its cots, skirts, jackets, and suits
Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #8: Word Prints
Word prints are a common enough trend, often appearing here and there on the runways, but none showing so much attention to it as Marc by Marc Jacobs, with the focus on the revolutionary phrases and bold wording that remind us of the Suffragette days or the Rastafarian movement. “Choice” and “Solidarity” are among the many printed words that appear throughout the collection, on scarves and pants, sleeves and gloves.
It is quite interesting to see whole quotes appear on designer fashions, but that is literally exactly what Dolce & Gabbana did with their collection for the season, speaking words of love in different languages. Versace uses its name on its garments, with the letters of the word “Versace” strewn about in different colors, adorning dresses and sweaters, pantsuits and sheer tops. Philipp Plein brings in hashtags and sends out models with garments marked with #WARRIOR or #PLEIN.
Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #9: Gingham Patterns
Gingham patterning was all the rage during the spring/summer fashion shows, appearing on enticing and innovative design details that really had us thinking that those handkerchiefs and kitchen spreads can make for lovely garments. This time around, it was not Michael Kors that gave us these lovely samplings, but others like Marc Jacobs,Moncler Gamme Rouge, Fay and Paul & Joe that focused the attention on many an exciting feature.
Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #10: Crazy Checks
The checker board looks are a common enough ideal for the black and white combinations in particular. They appear on all forms of garments, but we fall for the Louis Vuitton look on the leather jacket every time. The checked looks were common enough, and when they were not in tartan patterning or gingham style, they were twill or just plain checker boards, kind of like those seen on the Moncler Gamme Rouge show in Paris. Since we’re talking about the crazy checked looks, let’s throw in the fact that Valentino loved combining the squared with the triangles, creating a whole new optical illusion with its skirts and dresses.
Acne Studios may not be as well-known as some of the other houses appearing on the Paris Fashion Week, but its fall/winter show is sure to grab a whole lot of attention, particularly when it comes to using rather intriguing checked prints. Emporio Armani utilizes perfect checks in a whole different manner, appearing to be in 3D as the skirts and jackets are presented to the captivated viewers who just cannot get enough of the brand’s collections. Furthermore, Roksanda Ilincic brings really warm looks to the runway, and among the swirls and the marble pieces, we find gems in the forms of checked patterns, almost like looking through square panes of glass. It is a beautiful look that we cannot help but love.
Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #11: Floral Prints
The floral designs that are printed or embroidered onto the garments presented on the fashion week are either in literal fashion or in more abstract designs, as seen on the Louis Vuitton runway show. Whether as a skirt or a jacket, the floral look always looks divine. The combinations with the floral patterns, albeit not as pronounced as with the spring/summer collections for 2015, are superb with impressive colors encompassing a wide range of shades.
Alexander McQueen’s rose prints in clearly contrasting colors are testament to this claim, looking delicious on the see-through dresses that cover everything but nothing at all. The Paul & Joe line features light blue and brown shades for its floral printed pieces, giving us lightweight dresses that look as lovely as they would feel against the skin. Here, we had both printed and embroidered versions of the floral pieces, from the more literal to the more abstract fields, on lacy tops and pretty cashmere pink skirt suits.
Psychedelic colors in floral prints are given to Valentino this season it appears as the label presents see-through dresses with lots and lots of interestingly designed flowers strewn across them in different patterns. However, no one does the floral prints better than Giambattista Valli this season, even if we do very much like Stella McCartney’s visions with it as well. Kenzo’s floral leggings really are quite pretty, while the rose prints all over the Dolce & Gabbana collection warm our hearts. John Richmond’s red and teal flowers look quite pretty, while Marni’s use of both flowers and leaves as prints adds a touch of wholesome sophistication.
Roberto Cavalli presents flowery embroidery and flower strewn dresses, abstract floral leaves on pants, as well as colorful designs on film strips. Others with almost entirely floral printed collections include Blugirl and Erdem, the latter literally having us fall in love with this type of print all over again. It certainly is nice to see flowering designs appear on the collections made for the seasons wherein every living plant begins to die out. There is a certain sense of hope that is inspired through it.
Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #12: Funky Animal Prints
While the garments may take on the skin of the animals, it is quite hilarious to see actual animal silhouettes appear on the runways, from Rahul Mishra’s birds of a feather to the butterflies that appeared on the Valentino and Elie Saab runways. We see Chinese dragons appear on Valentino’s runway, emblazoned across the chest and body of a sweater dress and a gauzy lace piece that falls to the floor, to the really sexy grey and black tiger print that takes form within the Saint Laurent fashion show.
Givenchy knows how to incorporate peacock feathers into the garments created, while John Galliano appears to have been inspired by fish and their scales these days. This includes having full-fledged fish swimming around on the dresses as if in an aquarium, while in other places they have swarmed together to create a more abstract design in a kaleidoscope of colors. Celine takes things up another notch and adds owls and foxes onto its shirts while also offering a white tiger print coat that falls to the knees.
Tiger prints could not look better than on the models John Richmond sends onto the catwalk, sashaying in skirt suits and coatdresses, pencil skirts and all. There is a goat that stares out from a sweater dress in the Emilio Pucci collection on the Milan Fashion Week runway, before a lion and a scorpion also appear, showing off parts of the constellation.
Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #13: Polka Dots
While this may not be the biggest print trend for the fall and winter seasons, we did end up seeing a whole lot of polka dots, including within the Saint Laurent collection’s line-up. Red and black tulle mini dresses were interesting pieces to behold, while the polka dotted see-through top towards the end offered more than a glimpse of skin. Kolor uses polka dots that are both big and small, on dresses and tops, in blue hues and grey and black. Maison Rabih Kairouz loves the use of white in its collection, bringing purplish pink polka dots to its shirts while they also appear here and there within the Emanuel Ungaro collection.
Polka dot prints were a major part of the spring and summer collection trends as well, taking on both the classy and the neo-modern combinations. We can say the same for the fall/winter 2015-2016 collections as well. At the end of the day, though, the king of polka dots is Bottega Veneta, with the colorful polka dotted trousers and tunics, vest and skirts, jackets and blouses, as well as pantsuits to finish it all off; the whole collection almost being made up of colorful or blue hued and white dotted prints.
Fall/Winter Print Trend #14: Tribal Prints
For those with a love for tribal prints, Dsquared2 offered a wide selection, particularly in the legging business. Ethnic prints were very much in during the spring/summer collection as well, a trend that has carried over quite nicely, even if it does not manifest in the same manner. While Dsquared2 used a whole lot of the tribal prints, nothing beats Etro on this ground, wherein every piece offers an ethnic feel to it, particularly from the Mesopotamian area, a place, which few designers explore for inspirations.
While looking at the Just Cavalli collection you would not particularly say that they are tribal garments, there is a hint of something aboriginal going on here, from the prints to the accessories, the crazy colors and the uneven drawings. Anna Sui, on the other hand, brings Mongolian patterning to the modern woman’s wardrobe, using tribal prints to create a seamless transition between traditional and new age. Ethnic patterns make their way also into the new Burberry fall 2015 fashion line, making those pieces so busy and cool!
Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #15: Fun and Bizarre Alternative Prints
While it may not be a big trend on the runway, Laura Biagiotti seemed to have been wholly inspired by Greek and Roman architecture, particularly the intricately carved pillars with their perfect designs and Godly effects. One of the craziest looks though is the human bodies entangling and the face silhouettes looking to the skies that have been the brainchild of Christopher Kane, utilized on all forms of dresses.
Perhaps the most notable user of the stars and constellations in the house’s collection for the fall and winter seasons is Emilio Pucci, with half the line-up appearing in either one horoscope sign or another, or even just as the stars and the moon and the planets from the night sky. It appears in dresses and cape coats, oversized sweater style long garments, as well as velvet shorts and thigh high boots, looking as beautiful as expected from an Emilio Pucci creation.
While it might not seem like these two prints match on another, Moschino seems to think they do and brings them to the catwalk in subsequent ordering, from the world of graffiti and hip hop to the world of the coolest cartoon characters around, featuring Sylvester and Taz, Porky the Pig and Tweety Bird. Of course, no Looney Toons collection would be complete without Elmer and Bugs Bunny himself!
We also love Karen Walker’s psychedelic clockface print appearing on a lovely mini dress, as well as those M.C. Escher-esque artistic prints that add so much spice to the entire collection.
Among the bizarre alternative prints for fall 2015 we should also mention those flirty lip patterns of Diane von Furstenberg, the lipstick motifs from Saint Laurent, as well as the vibrant mishmash of all sorts of creative patterns from the Stella Jean fall 2015 collection.
Like the fall 2015 trendy colors, the fall/ winter 2015-2016 print and pattern trends are also extremely diverse and cool trying to target a big army of fashion-forward women, giving them fresh ideas for making a big statement in the new season. We simply can’t wait to see these prints hit the fashion stores come the fall months!
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Going on discussing the spring 2015 fashion trend reports we come to the following array of the trend-setting factors and accents introducing the top spring/ summer 2015 print trends we encountered during the recent fashion shows. Prints and patterns for the new season manage to surprise us with the wide variety of gorgeous accents, innovative solutions and really appealing designs capable of transforming your looks into uber fresh and stylish interpretations. Thus, in order to single out every trend and to introduce the basic examples that acted as trendsetters this time, we should again have a look at the suggestions from the most popular fashion designers and houses, introducing the following list of trendy prints for spring/ summer 2015!
Spring/ Summer 2015 Print Trend #1: Gingham Patterns
These spectacular and beautiful patterns make up one of the most frequently met print trends for the coming spring/ summer 2015 season, coming up with the most enticing and innovative design details and combinations thus also involving a quite big variety of color solutions and creative silhouettes. Michael Kors had a separate and unique interpretation of the gingham prints, coming up with the classic combination of black, white, and gray shades for the classic tea length skirts. The macro patterns of the duo of cropped tops and elongated pencil skirts are what Oscar de la Renta came up with this time. The weightless light blue micro patterns are also here combined with the white background and design details like V-curves for the pieces of Altuzarra.
We may also discuss the perfectly laid and minimalistic combination of gingham patterns picked with some peachy accents for the pure white background suggested by Bottega Veneta. The sporty with classy combo also contributed to the creation of the unique and really noteworthy looks. For more sophisticated variants we may also have a look at the suggestion from Ashish, where the micro checkered patterns come in a synthesis with glittery textures. The brownish patterns are the following variants of gingham prints we encountered this time put as the key design by Karen Walker.
Other interesting designs may also be found in the collections of Lela Rose, where the classic with modern was the main clue, Diane von Furstenberg, where the light fabrics and just as light silhouettes dominate, Ralph Lauren with the weightless blue and white miniskirts, Yves Salomon with the classic outerwear pieces, and many others.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Print Trend #2: Unusual Animal Prints
When we say animal prints and patterns we mean a really eternal and popular fashion trend that can be found for any fashion show and any season. However, spring/ summer 2015 animal patters are quite unique and interesting in this respect, as the interpretations that animal motifs come up with are really unusual and modern. Such were the looks for outerwear garments by Burberry Prorsum, where the bright orange shades entered into a really catchy combo with yellow and black designs.
The design combination of transparency plays with animal patterns is the key of Julien MacDonald, where the basic shades are those belonging to the shimmery silver overtones. No less creative are the super abstracted animal patterns by Giles, resembling deconstructed patterns of leopard image for floor length gorgeous silhouettes. The ancient-looking option by Gyunel is especially noteworthy, where the white background comes as the base for the orange and black color play of the pattern.
For more contrasted color combinations we may also have a look at the bright combo of symmetrical flamingo images used as a key pattern of Delpozo. Other impressive combinations may also include the suggestions of Mary Katrantzou, in case of which we again had the synthesis of animal patterns and transparency plays, the gorgeous looks from Valentino adorned with shimmery orange images of animals, and the flabbergasting design patterns from Louis Vuitton also coming with bright and spectacular color combos. The combinations we noted during the show of Vivienne Tam can also be included in this list.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Print Trend #3: All Forms of Stripes
Stripes are the following versatile and catchy trend of the season again coming with an array of diverse interpretations thus combining a variety of shades, design patterns and colors. The gray with white vertical stripes designed by Tibi are one of the best combinations of two major trends being the wide-leg silhouettes with the stripes. As for Preen, here we had an array of brighter and catchier versions of stripes put with red and white and used for pieces like long-sleeved turtlenecks.
For even more abstracted striped patterns and design solutions we may also have a look at the wonderful and modern interpretations of Giambattista Valli in case of which the asymmetrically designed wide-leg pants came with really memorable looks.
Optical stripy effects are also here coming as the key design pattern for the asymmetrical skirts by Peter Som. Further we may also note the classic combinations of Michael Kors, the macro patterns by Victoria Beckham, the creamy soothing looks from Chanel, the classy shirt-dresses by Altuzarra made up with black and white, the super energizing and colorful looks from Balmain, and the classy with neo-modern stripes from Givenchy.
In addition, we may also speak about the wonderful stripy patterns by Fisico, Stella Jean, Sportmax, Sibling RTW, Richard Nicoll, Houghton, and the iconic masculine inspired pinstripe patterns of Emporio Armani and Jean Paul Gaultier. The cool looks from Sonia Rykiel can’t be missed out of the list, either. Neither can the impressive patterns from Naeem Khan and DKNY, which came adorned with a specific combo of femininity and charm.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Print Trend #4: Graphic and Geometric Effects
Graphic and geometric patterns are the following noteworthy spring 2015 print trends that we would like to speak about, mentioning the optical effects that most often accompany the patterns, also matching that with the bold silhouettes and quite memorable design combinations. Thus we may speak about the visual effects attached to the cute mini dresses of Byblos Milano designed with black and white and certain tones of gray, the colorful and energized voluminous pieces from DSquared2, and the curious interpretations like the circles and squares from Fausto Puglisi covering the whole of the textures of the pieces we noted. The blinding effects used for pieces of collections like those of Bibhu Mohapatra, Hermes, Boss Women, Peter Pilotto, Junya Watanabe and Derek Lam are no less striking. What makes these looks so special is probably the visual effect that the patterns managed to create.
In line with those uber-trendy ginghams, we should also mention all sorts of checkered patterns among the hottest print trends of spring 2015, including tartan and plaid, illustrated by Temperley London, Issey Miyake, Miu Miu and Tory Burch.
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Spring/ Summer 2015 Print Trend #5: Floral and Nature Patterns
Floral patterns are the following impressive and quite eternal design interpretations that again came up as one of the most noteworthy fashion trends for the coming season. What makes these patterns so unique this time is probably the range of catchy combinations that the pieces came up with. The colors were also quite impressive, encompassing a wide range of shades. For instance, we may speak about the catchy synthesis of semi-transparent black and shimmery golden patterns by Erdem, adorning the whole silhouette of gorgeous floor length gowns. In addition, we may also note the shimmery textures used for the creation of purple and silver color plays by Peter Pilotto, as well as the stunning colorful with sheer combinations by Marchesa.
Marni also managed to come up with some specific floral prints, picking catchy macro patterns for some outerwear garments. Celine didn’t lag behind, either, presenting the catchiest red and black florals, combining that with the minimalistic touches. Saying minimalistic we can’t miss the maxi florals for straight skirts by Miu Miu, either.
Finally, we may also include the mosaic floral patterns from Carolina Herrera, the lovely floral prints of Maison Martin Margiela, Max Mara, Simone Rocha, and Burberry Prorsum.
As for nature motifs, we may also speak about the dramatic prints and patterns presented by Valentino, Fendi, John Galliano and Nina Ricci. Tracy Reese also had some significant looks to show here. We also loved the tree patterns of Chalayan and the big variety of palm tree patterns spotted at Nicole Miller.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Print Trend #6: Abstract and Artistic Patterns
Artistic and abstract interpretations are the following catchy print variations that we may note discussing the basic spring/ summer 2015 print trends. Thus, what come first in parallel with the artistic themes here are the abstracted motifs that accompany the looks in almost all the cases. We may point out the black and white abstracted patterns of Isabel Marant, the catchy texture plays by Kenzo, and the iridescent patterns by Leonard Paris making the brightest looks for the range.
Speaking about watercolor prints we may also include Chanel, Cacharel, Emilio Pucci, Badgley Mischka, and Victoria Beckham in the list of the top trendsetters. The combinations suggested by Mary Katrantzou, Tsumori Chisato and Christopher Kane are the next trendsetters for the creation of this important print.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Print Trend #7: Ethnic Patterns
Ethnic inspired looks form the following impressive fashion trend for spring 2015 that we would like to note especially having in mind the super cute and curious design solutions suggested by Tracy Reese, in case of which the ethnic inspiration came in combo with inky blur patterns thus also combining the blurry prints with the ethnic inspired silhouettes. Vivienne Tam also introduced a special version of ethnic inspired prints, focusing on Chinese landscape images primarily.
The ethnic inspired hints found in the collection of Thom Browne can also be included in this list. Osklen introduced another interpretation of Brazilian motifs this time combining that with the tropical inspired design details. African inspired looks lead us to the show of Erdem, in case of which we could also discover some cool looks. Ancient Greece proved to be the inspiration for the show of KTZ, while the most spectacular ethnic patterns were surely spotted at Etro.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Print Trend #8: Exotic Images
Exotic prints and images come right after, introduced with the following impressive and great fashion trend again having its modern and cool interpretations for the coming season. Some cool interpretations of this print were presented by Tracy Reese where we saw the tropical images of forests. More simplified options were demonstrated by from Vivienne Tam, while the modernized exotic prints from Nichole Miller and the classic and super realistic prints from Osklen did charm instantly.
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Spring/ Summer 2015 Print Trend #9: Pop Culture Prints
Pop Art inspiration is another quite new and curious fashion trend appearing quite frequently for a range of fashion shows. For instance, we may discuss the looks from Thom Browne, where the experimental features are formed to match the youthful and colorful patterns and the fresh and creative silhouettes. Au Jour Le Jour also created some cool pop culture interpretations encompassing such design patterns as fruits, ice-cream, “smoking” lips, and much more. As for Japanese inspired prints and patterns we may also turn to the collection of Maison Martin Margiela.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Print Trend #10: Star Prints
Playful star patterns form the next cool spring 2015 print trend, giving you the opportunity to look and feel like a true star in the coming bright season. We especially adored the circus-inspired star patterns of Tommy Hilfiger, and the mystique interpretations of the trend by Diesel Black Gold. Valentino’s version of star patterns bears some sea motifs, looking especially playful and beautiful.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Print Trend #11: Polka Dots
Finally, the last but not least significant pattern trend we would like to note belongs to the category of timeless options, again including some classy with neo-modern interpretations. Thus, we may start with the pieces of spring/summer 2015 collection of Dolce & Gabbana, coming with the combos of dots and floral patterns, the classic black and white interpretations of Philipp Plein, the micro patterns of Max Mara, the designs of black patterns on creamy background, the combos of pink and green shades by Orla Kiely, the modernized looks from Marc by Marc Jacobs, the white on black patterns of Thakoon, the colorful combos of Trina Turk, and the classic macro polka dot patterns of RED Valentino. In addition, we may also speak about the abstracted polka dot patterns from Roksanda Ilincic, and the bright and energizing looks from Stella Jean.
These were the basic spring/ summer 2015 print trends that we would like to note, providing you with the most noteworthy details and elements using which you may create the freshest and the brightest looks ever! So just keep following our trend reports and learn everything and anything about the stylish looks and nuances you may make use of in order to refresh your wardrobe and add a breath of fresh air to your looks!
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