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Printed Matter: Spring’s Top Prints

trends, prints, spring/summer 2012

Looks from (left to right): Pucci, Christopher Kane, Prada and Chloe

Every spring/summer prints make a comeback, whether it’s florals or something more quirky. This season is no exception although designers have taken our favourites to a whole new level with clever styling tricks (printed trousers are the latest must-have) or new fabrications and colours. So without further adieu, here are my top picks.

1) Tropical

While florals are a perennial favourite, this seasons’ renditions bring to mind  tropical getaways (although thankfully without the kitsch).  Go for exotic blooms or palm trees printed on loose dresses or funky orchids on shirts as spotted at Chloe. Christopher Kane took gorgeous floral appliques and layered them with organza. Just don’t accessorize with flowers in your hair!

2) Paisley

Although dodgy 1960s prints may come to mind, it’s more about a modern interpretation as exemplified by Stella McCartney and Jil Sander. Stella’s paisleys were worn head-to-toe to create a cool look (especially on her pajama sets) while Raf Simons experimented with summer colours, outlines or black and white, giving them an urban edge.

3) Digital

The Brits started the whole digital print craze, and although others have followed, names like Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou still lead the pack. Digital prints are super modern so take them to the next level by choosing 3D versions that come to life on sharply tailored silhouettes.  Or opt for styles that combine more than one print for a fun look.

4) Baroque

If you are thinking 1980s Versace, stop right there. It’s more about a gypsy look, so although there are still decadent prints evoking 18th century architecture and art, they are never in-your-face. They work best on styles such as loose maxi dresses and voluminous blouses in earthy colours to recreate that boho vibe.

5) Quirky

There’s always a wild card in fashion and this season it ranges from shells and starfish (at Versace) and vegetables (at Dolce & Gabbana) to fast cars (at Prada), geckos (Loewe) and urban landscapes (Dries Van Noten). Anything goes, just be willing to have fun!

trends, prints, spring/summer 2012

Prints by (from left to right): Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney, Dolce & Gabbana and Dries Van Noten.

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