Swimsuit weather?

We know that holidays may still be up in the air at the moment but with this mini heatwave swimsuits in the garden are definitely an option! Let’s be hopeful that restrictions do lift soon and we can hit the beaches; home or abroad…

Animal print

Palm and tropical florals

Ikat and abstract

Images are all from simplybe.co.uk

T2 beautiful printed china for tea drinkers

Started in 1996 Melbourne, Australia this tea retailer has expanded worldwide. Adding to their magnificent range of fine teas they have now developed a range of china to take the traditional art of tea drinking to the modern tea table.

Using in-house designers and artists T2 has created print designs, drawing on inspiration from travel, art and fashion. Experimentation and exploration are two of their favourite things and is reflected in the diversity of the print styles.
Visit t2tea.com to see the full range

House Of Hackney: Hotel Trematonia

To celebrate 10 years of House of Hackney, this fabulous interiors company have taken staycation to the next level. Why not check-in to the hotel of your dreams – Hotel Trematonia in Cornwall. Feast your eyes on the below; gorgeously decorated rooms and caravans. In the House of Hackney signature prints and style- are you as tempted to book as we are?

Each bedroom in the Main House takes it name and theme from a beloved House of Hackney collection, from the painterly blooms of ARTEMIS to the pastoral romance of RAINBOW ROSE.

The Castle Caravans – all pitched within the grounds of the Castle of Trematon in Cornwall. ‌

Three beautiful 1970s-style, curved-shaped caravans. A restoration project that has ended in the most beautiful result. In homage to the original 1970s-style interiors, each Castle Caravan is furnished with clean-lined velvet upholstery and curtains, which beautifully offset the nature-inspired prints swathing the Caravans’ interiors and exteriors.

The Caravans are priced from £190 per night (3-night minimum stay), this includes the use of a courtesy Jeep Renegade 4xe. 

The ‘Plantasia’ Caravan

Cloaked in PLANTASIA, its “verdant green tones and tree landscape motif camouflage with the nature around it,” says Frieda. “Inside, a palette of blue and green creates a chic yet calming mood, while the contrasting teal blue velvet upholstery plays into that 70s vibe.”

The ‘Artemis’ Caravan

An incredibly rare 1959 Crampton caravan, it’s swathed in the iconic ARTEMIS print on both the exterior and the ceiling, with contrasting ochre velvet upholstery to match the warm tones in both the woodwork and the motif.

The ‘Hollyhocks’ Caravan

Cloaked in HOLLYHOCKS, the print of summer 2021, it enwraps the Caravan in a colourful riot of flowers while bringing all the beauty and joy of the surrounding gardens into its interior.

Graham and Brown

This year sees the interiors company ‘Graham and Brown’ celebrate its 75th anniversary. To mark this occasion a new limited-edition collection re-imagines eight archive designs, one for each decade since its launch in 1946, with all proceeds from sales going to a number of charities.

They also have a new designer partnership; this time with Sacha Walckhoff, the current creative director of French fashion house Christian Lacroix. The result of this collaboration is ‘Paper Games’, a collection of four designs and is a love letter to the material itself – the Paper.

Graphic motifs from the natural world feature throughout the designs of the new collection. Prices at £65; 10m roll.

Hide and Seek‘ features floral silhouettes layered over a coloured stripe.

‘Magical Forest’ looks like an entire paper-cut woodland scene.

‘Secret Mountain’ has angular triangles arranged loosely to form the impression of a mountainous landscape.

‘Party Land Magic’ sees trees floating on differently coloured dots.

Images from http://www.grahambrown.com

Bags bags bags

Handbag, clutch, bucket bag, backpack, shoulder bag, cross-body bag and even tote bags are on the menu today. Bags are incredibly important – we can’t leave the house without one. They can finish off and even make an outfit!

But first the tote – environmentally friendly, incredibly useful but also fashionable… well they are once you discover this amazing brand… Lolly Kiks.

Lolly Kiks

African Wax print bags and accessories. Every item is handmade-to-order in a London home studio. We originally found a few of thier bags on Selfridges website but the full collection is on http://www.lollykiks.com and well worth a browse!

In other printed bag news…

The Brits 2021

Have you missed red carpet, we have – and it looks like these guys sure have… pulling out all the stops this year! Which is your favourite?

Boy Georges’ suit is a tribute to the NHS as he styled a superhero print coat.

Simon Neil from Biffy Clyro and Arlo Parks look striking in bold suits.

Dior x Kenny Scharf’s

Amazing colour, print and pattern used in a fun and engaging way to brighten up our world… and our wardrobes! We just had to share this fabulous collection with you.

The inspiration behind Dior’s Pre-Fall 2021 collection, legendary surrealist pop artist Kenny Scharf is the latest in a long string of collaborations with contemporary artists including Daniel Arsham and KAWS. Designed to bring a sense of joy and hope, the Dior Homme collection features Kenny’s poppy prints (a mix of his archives and more recent work) sprawled across everything from shirts with kaleidoscopic prints and monogrammed bags. 

WHEN POP ART AND HIGH FASHION COLLIDE

Dior Homme Pre-Fall 21 in collaboration with Kenny Scharf. Photographed by Rafael Pavarotti.

The Artist: Kenny Scharf

Kenny Scharf is an American painter known for his participation in New York City’s interdisciplinary East Village art scene during the 1980s, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, Scharf’s do-it-yourself practice spanned painting, sculpture, fashion, video, performance art, and street art. 

 His works often includes pop culture icons, such as the Flintstones and the Jetsons, or caricatures of middle-class Americans in an apocalyptic science fiction setting.

 Scharf’s large-scale murals of anthropomorphic animals and imagined creatures still adorn New York streets to this day.

To discover more of the collection watch the below video of the fall 2021 Dior men’s show.

Images from http://www.selfridges.com

Ghost for M & S

Another collection drops at Marks and Spencer, designed by fashion brand Ghost. Limited edition – there vintage inspired dresses are just beautiful.

Gorgeously flattering with super wearable silhouettes and beautiful vintage inspired prints. From a pretty meadow floral puff sleeved dress to chic polka dot midi dress; this collection is beautiful and exquisite and most importantly for us here at the print affair filled with fabulous prints. Move over lounge wear – we are ready to grab out summer dresses and head out of lockdown.

All images are from http://www.marksandspencer.com

Embassy London

This company combines two of our obsessions, good print and fancy shoes. See a range of their footwear and maybe you will be inspired  to enter their shoe designing competition next year.

https://embassylondon.co.uk

Embassy London was established in 2011 and specialises in both Ladies and Men’s footwear that are exclusively made in Europe from the most beautiful European leather.

“It’s simple; we create authentic shoes that are charismatic, each with their own exquisite charm while keeping that all-important comfort and high quality. We wish you a never-ending leather-clad love affair with Embassy London.”

Last year Embassy London  launched the first ever Design #MyHatter Competition, where anyone could submit their own design of their classic Hatter style boot, and the best 3 would be made. After hundreds of submissions, they caste an online vote, where the top 3 designs were chosen. These styles are very excited to say they are now part of their collection. This year’s competition has just closed but look out for next year’s.

What she wants

As we journey through the roadmap out of lockdown we asked: ‘What do you want to wear now that we are unlocking?’ The answers are below in the form of feminine, pretty, flattering prints. Enjoy and happy Wednesday!

‘Something soft and not too garish’

‘Good looks for a staycation as I will not be on a tropical beach this year’

‘Happy and sunny’

‘Nothing too serious as I have grown to like simple dressing’

‘Pretty and feminine, I want to dress prettily again’

Specific design requests from our 16,000 + design library or custom printing of your own digital designs can be sent to Sarah at;

designandcolour@gmail.com

07985 467997