All types of animal prints are very popular right now, but there is one that really stands out. The snakeskin print is the one you’ll be seeing all over runways and Instagram. This fierce design made a comeback in the best possible way. If you still have doubts on how to rock it, here are some super-fashionable outfits to inspire you.
Get ready to bring some statement prints in your spring 2019 closet. The New York Fashion Week is officially done, so we have plenty of new trends to swoon over. If you love prints as much as we do, all we can say is that the upcoming season will be very exciting. You will recognize some of the patterns from previous seasons but they are now upgraded with the coolest colors ever. Spring is such a vibrant season when you should choose fun hues to brighten up your outfits. Polka dots will still be huge, while tie-dye is making a fierce comeback. Check out the top prints everyone will be wearing in spring 2019.
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.
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