Bridgerton

This fabulously visual and sometimes racy series has helped some of us through Lockdown. Set in Regency London but filmed for the main in Bath, the sumptuous interiors, delightfully floral gardens, lavish balls and somewhat quirky takes on the fashions of the day are a veritable feast for the eyes.

The Bridgerton family are elegant from old money, a father who has passed away and a mother set on moving her brood through the top echelons of society with the utmost discretion. Their clothes reflect this stayed respectability in agreeable pretty pastel shades and snappy suits.

Bridgerton; Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte in episode 102. NETFLIX c. 2020

Archibald and Portia Featherington. Image Source: Everett Collection

The Featherington family are a brash contrast to the rather demure Bridgertons’ both in character and dress. Above you can see Archibald a feisty gambler and Portia who is set on social climbing. Their attire is bold with brocades, which sometimes verge on the lurid. A penchant for chandelier ear-rings, bold necklaces and lavish hair ornamentation make them an extravagant contrast to the Bridgerton brigade.

The fabulously talented Nicola Coughlan plays Penelope Featherington. (L to R) Bessie Carter as Prudence Featherington and Harriet Cains as Phillipa Featherington. NETFLIX. c.2020.

The sets are dripping in floral displays with a strong preference for wisteria.

It also helps that the leading man, Rege-Jean Page, the Duke of Hastings is rather divine and caused quite a stir with hoards of women worldwide. The relationship between Penelope Featherington, who wears lemon so well and Eloise Bridgerton, the non-conformist, was utterly charming and a highlight for me.

Images Copyright of NETFLIX.

Retro Interiors

Following on from the ‘Mid Century’ blog post where we were looking at some lovely retro inspired interiors; we wanted to show you some of the fabulous prints from our Sublitex archive. Burnt orange, mustard yellow and dusty pinks are the classic colours in this retro range – but other colours are available on request.

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

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07985 467997

1970s prints

Set to be an influence on fast fashion this summer we have been pulling from the Sublitex library 1970s prints, some of which are originals from this era. If you are old enough to have been there, see if anything in our mood board looks familiar as a teaser at the end.

BBC / Mammoth Screen

My Memories of the 1970s

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

Mid Century Interiors inspiration

Tuesday night saw the start of a new series ‘ Interior Design Masters’. “Ten talented designers. One life changing contract. Alan Carr and interiors guru Michelle Ogundehin are on the hunt for talent, passion and dazzling designs.” It’s a nice bit of escapism and also inspiring. It got me thinking about interior style and the current trends that are emerging. As a bit of a follow on from ‘The Serpent’ blog post I have decided to look at ‘Mid Century’ style and take inspiration from the 50s and 60s.

A lot of us are working from home at the moment and spending a lot of time staring at the same four walls – why not make those four fabulous walls. Our surroundings are so important for our mental wellbeing; it can effect our mood and how we feel so much.

Mid Century Style

Inspired by the cool, industrial style of the 1950s and 60s. This period was defined by its clean lines and uncomplicated, highly functional design, the furniture typically takes on a utilitarian edge with metal and wood finishes. This is beautifully offset by a vibrant colour palette; the likes of burnt oranges, mustard yellows and teal blue.

Habitat

Habitat Curve Geo Reversible Bedding Set

Habitat Retro Trees Reversible Bedding Set

Habitat Industrial Geo Reversible Bedding Set

Habitat Kissing Birds Reversible Bedding Set

Habitat Esme Pink on White Bedding Set

Habitat | Sofas, furniture, lighting & home accessories.

Graham and Brown

Graham and Browns new limited edition collection entitled ‘ Through the decades’ spans from the 40’s to the 70’s. This wallpaper ‘Coronation Craze’ represents the 1950’s.

Rounded geos are the star of the show in this teardrop design, boasting shots of primary colours against a crisp backdrop. As well as being sleek and polished, this fabulous wallpaper design has a cosiness and warmth to it, a great addition to any wall.

Through the Decades Collection (grahambrown.com)

I love Wallpaper

Horden Geometric Triangle Wallpaper Grey, Silver, Mustard#

Retro Geometric 3D Effect Wallpaper Mustard, Grey

Bella Wallpaper Pink

http://www.ilovewallpaper.co.uk

Sublitex Elegance range

Sometimes it is good to see how our prints look on the final garments. A print should add value to a fabric and the article. Those who do not appreciate this and see prints as a vehicle to shift fabric are not true printers. A good print flows with the fabric and fully uses space, colour and form to create harmony, beauty, surprise and add value to a product. We need to see clothing not as a throw away fleet of fancy but something to treasure, launder and wear over and over again. This is where and why print and pattern play an essential role in the world textiles.

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

The Serpent

Has anyone else been watching ‘The Serpent’ on BBC. The story is gripping enough – a true story about a manipulative serial killer, but it is also the fashion that has re turning in. I want to see what Jenna Colemans’ character ‘Monique’ is wearing in each episode. This series is styled by Costume designer Rachel Walsh.

Set in the 70s – the fashion is incredibly glamorous and bohemian. Take a look at the inspiration behind Monique’s wardrobe, and the key SS21 pieces to buy now… Flares are back!

All images from ‘The serpant’ are copyright of the BBC.

Patchwork Heaven

This is a great look that bridges seasons and is a gentle move from Lockdown relaxed casual to being a bit more dressed up. Patchworks can be super feminine to boho, bright or subtle, have a festival vibe or more cocktail sipping by the pool. Whether you are floating in a kaftan or returning to the office, there is a patchwork for every occasion.

Patchwork Prints

An emerging trend on the high-street and catwalk has been patchwork prints. Whether its subtle tonal mixes of the same print or clashing colour blocking there is something here for everyone. Why wear one print when you can wear more! We have collated together some of our favourites from multiple designer.

Keep an eye out next week as well as we showcase some of our fabulous Sublitex patchwork prints to make sure you are all up to date and on trend.

Preen

Preens collection has a very random feel to the patchwork pattern, creating a very striking effect. Mixing geometrics, animal print, florals and also having solid areas. What blends and moulds all these patterns to work together is the colour level – it is the red running through the prints that brings them all together.

Rixo

One of our favourite brands here at The Print Affair ‘Rixo’; has some absolutely stunning print combinations for their dresses. The mix of ground colours within the prints really make for a striking statement. Mixing Animal prints with plaids and florals – there are no rules… in this case, more is more.

Prada

Clashing prints combined in classic silhouettes of shirt dresses. Different scales of prints combined togetehr in a chevron pattern is especially striking and bold.

Rianna + Nina

Rianna + Nina’s printed dresses ars constructed from a patchwork of vintage silks in their Berlin studio; where the duo handcraft every piece in the collection, making them truly one-of-a-kind. Found on matches.com

LoveShackFancy

This gorgeous feminine brand has some gorgeous dresses, showcasing their classic colourways of pinks and pretty florals. Check out the website for further collections. http://www.loveshackfancy.com

JW Anderson

JW Anderson draws on the beauty of handmade clothing to create this multicoloured shirt, which is crafted from a patchwork of floral-print poplin. 

Versace

The patchwork baroque print that patterns Versace’s yellow shirt showcases designs inspired by Greek artwork that Gianni Versace and his siblings found on the floors of Roman buildings during their childhood. 

Our friends on the telly

Since many of us are house bound it is easy for us to feel that the people we see the most are the on the telly, especially the presenters. Some are great ambassadors for print so we thought we might take a look at what they are wearing. When you look at social media there are umpteen requests to know where these dresses come from.

BBC Sophie Raworth has a fine wardrobe of printed dresses and wears much from a company wyselondon.co.uk.

Holly Willoughby on ITV’s This Morning show is such an influencer that ITV.com posts  “What Holly’s wearing this week”.

Alex from the BBC One Show is particularly partial to a pretty floral.

Suzanna Reid puts up with Piers Morgan probably helped by her cheery prints.

Suzanna (phase eight dress ) and Kate Garaway ( Karen Millen) are often dressed by stylist Debbie Harper as shown on her Instagram @debbiedresses.com

ITV’s Debbie also styles Ranvir, here in an Issa Crest Kate Tie Dress from HoF.

Ranvir Singh first greeted us in smashing prints as a news reader on ITV but then wowed the country with her dancing on Strictly come dancing.

This is Naga Munchetty from BBC 1’s Breakfast show, who is always stylish and was absolutely correct to call out Trump as a Racist. We need more well-dressed strong women in this world. I wonder whether Kamala Harris powerful trouser suits will change when she becomes vice President of the USA, an event which I am so excited about.

All photos from BBC, ITV or posted on Instagram.

Bowie: Fashion Icon

Its been 5 years this week since David Bowie passed away. We wanted to take a look back through some of his most infamous outfits. Regarded as one of the most influencial musicians of the 21st century, David Bowie was also a trailblazer in the fashion world and a style icon with his outlandish and daring outfits.

His evolving style, from the alien-red hair of Ziggy Stardust, to the suited blind man of 2002 album Heathen, is just as much of a definitive statement as his music, creating a loose template for what would be expected of future celebrities.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Below are a few different designers that have taken inspiration from David Bowies’ style for their fashion collections.

Dries Van Noten SS16. Jean paul gaultier 2013: spiky ginger Ziggy in a bold one-legged wonder. Jonathan Saunders AW14.

Givenchy Spring 2010; Riccardo Tisci’s graphic black and white jackets recall the famous one crafted for Bowie by pal Freddie Burretti.

Balmain Fall 2011; The spangles, glitter and attitude of Christophe Decarnin’s runway all screamed rock, but it was the lightning bolt jumpsuit that was pure Ziggy Stardust.

Dior Couture Spring 2015; Seventies swirls via one of the Starman’s fans, Raf Simons.

Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2013: Other designers can be inspired, but Diane von Furstenberg actually partied with the man himself in the 70s (of course when Mick Jagger brought him by her apartment). So when she taps into a Seventies glam rock vibe, it’s first-hand experience.

Images are from google.com / esquire.com / harpersbazaar.com