Status Scarf Prints

They are back, the BCBG (bon chic, bon genre) look so popular in France in the 1990s and still going strong with the aspiring upper middle class. With a few choice items such as a touch of Hermes or Gucci mixed with Burberry, leather gloves, velvet Alice bands, Guerlain perfume and bauble jewelry, these combined are clear indicators of impeccable taste.

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Photo Daily Mail, Photo Getty Images

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We have had the tarty Versace, but now my friends we are moving upmarket to the more established looks of Gucci, Hermes, Burberry and the likes. Older fashion houses with better pedigree, simple but recognizable designs well suited to the country set, hunter wellies, ponies and the general whiff of damp labs and retrievers. Feast your eyes on the selection from Sublitex.

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Vintage Agatha Paris baubles

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Photo vintage Vanity Fair

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However this may be the origin of the look but the high street will may this trendy, adding new coloursand twists to move this firmly back into the city. One way is taking the more nautical twist that suggests cruises not just the local yachting club. The inclusion of soft flowers amongst the chains and bridles suggests pumps over stout shoes.

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Fashion Bloggers to Follow

In a world where everyone loves fashion and a selfie, anyone can become a fashion blogger with the help of some followers. Its hard to know who to follow for the best fashion content with the industry as oversaturated as it is. Here is a look at our favourite influencers filling our instagram feeds with colour and fashion and who love print almost as much as we do:

Pandora Sykes

Writer, fashion consultant and fashion guru Pandora Sykes is one of our favourite bloggers. As co-host to the No1 podcast show ‘The High Low’, Pandora shares her interest in popular culture and fashion through her blog and instagram. Her recent new born is already a style icon in herself

http://www.pandorasykes.com/category/fashion/

Instagram – @pandorasykes

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Style Bubble

One of the original fashion bloggers, Susie Bubble, has built a massive name for herself and is now a massive name in the fashion world for her unique, vibrant style.

http://www.stylebubble.co.uk

Instagram – @susiebubble

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Song Of Style

Interior designer Aimee Song takes gorgeous fashion shots in stunning locations. Her wardrobe relaxed and full of printed gowns.

http://www.songofstyle.com

Instagram: @songofstyle

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Advanced Style

Photographer and author, Ari Seth Cohen, is the creator of Advanced Style, a project devoted “to capturing the sartorial savvy of the senior set.” He says, “I feature people who live full creative lives. They live life to the fullest, age gracefully and continue to grow and challenge themselves.” It is one of the most vibrant, uplifting fashion blogs out there.

https://www.advanced.style

@advancedstyle

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The Frugality

London based fashion stylist, Alexandra Stedman, is a lover of high street fashion. Her blog is full of affordable but ever so stylish outfits and she is not afraid to wear bold prints.

@thefrugality

http://the-frugality.com

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Freddie Harrel

Her enchanting smile is enough of a reason to follow fashion blogger Freddie Harrel. Best known for mixing high street with high end and effortlessly owning her looks. We love the vibrancy Freddie brings to our feeds.

@freddieharrel

http://freddieharrel.com

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Robert Vernet at The London Print Design Fair

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Sarah Glyn-Woods of Design and Colour Ltd and Karl Grobelny from Creation Robert Vernet

Sometimes it is important to say things as they are….it is very quiet in the world of printed textiles, clothing manufacture and retail sales. It was therefore no surprise that the Fair was quieter than usual. There were some stunning designs on offer from our friends at Vernet as there were from other studios and sellers of vintage archives.

Just to be totally uncommercial for a moment, what would we do without the wonderful array of vintage garments when foot traffic is slow. There were things that I had worn in the past and even certain items that I have kept and are in suitcases in the loft. There were interesting characters posing in some outrageously wonderful outfits, so thanks for cheering us up and you know who you are!

Recently a friend borrowed a 1970s knitted kaftan to go to a party and my other half pointed her out to my son at the bus stop saying ”well that ‘s a throw back to the past”. He failed to notice it was our friend or that it was one of my many cherished garments that he thinks I should part with.

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Flowers were very much in evidence, as usual, but they were more painterly and some had a vintage cut out feel.Finally the photograph flowers appears to have faded away with the limited exception of some occasional wear seekers.

We had much interest in medium sized and smaller florals with a vintage feel but overall they needed to be very pretty.

Patchworks were popular; squared, diagonal or scarf prints from monochromatic to fresh multi coloured. The most popular flower for me was the poppy which appeared to have sneaked into most floral bouquets or be standing boldly in the forefront. The mixing of the poppy with other flowers and the looser shapes and variegated colour and texture moved the bloom safely away from the flower of remembrance day.

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Laura Newton from Blueye Design and Kate Lerigoleur from CRV13

Tie dyes a la Dior muted palette or in these playful bright colours were also very popular.

These were WGSN’s picks from Robert Vernet:

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Shrimps X Habitat

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Pretty yet cool, Shrimps stand alone in the fashion world with a distinctive handwriting. Celebrated for their expressive prints, the brand have decided to collaborated with homeware brand Habitat to showcase their illustrative hand on home products.

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With a colour pallet of baby pinks, cornflower blues and contrasting monos, this collection feels stylish and contemporary. Fabrics reflect the quality of both brands with short pile velvets and rich cottons and elaborate coloured fur.

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“Breton stripe faux fur throws are draped on painterly print bedding, layered alongside embroidered cushions and hand crafted rugs.” Hannah Weiland; Creative Director of Shrimps

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Crazy creatures and twisted fairytales, the collection is certainly out of the ordinary. We love the contrast of a pretty, feminine colour palette with bold and some what ugly designs, a really exciting new take on interiors for Habitat.

https://www.habitat.co.uk/shrimps

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Lisbon

Lisbon, the charming capital city of Portugal, is full of vibrancy and art on every corner. On a recent trip, I was captivated by all of the patterned buildings created out of tiles. Tiles have been the inspiration for many fashion prints such as the Dolce and Gabanna collection ‘I Love Maiolica’.

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Dolce and Gabanna– I love Maiolica

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Here is a look at some of the lovely pattern I saw around the city

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Milan Fashion Week SS19

With major fashion houses such as Gucci, Versace and Dolce and Gabanna gracing the catwalks in Milan, it is becoming the city to watch during the catwalk period. Many of the major designers have changed their approach to design, certainly in terms of print, which has made this event even more exciting.

Gucci

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Known for their beautifully illustrated, all over florals, Gucci have stunned critics by only featuring 4 prints in the whole collection which were animal skins and a very kitsch strawberry print. Is this Gucci’s print identity changing for good?

Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini

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Myan inspired patterns were at the heart of this collection alongside some classic snake print. Patterns were mono in colour but placed in interesting ways to add complexity to designs.

Versace

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Versace have had a step change this season with fresh new florals. Pretty disties in brave colourways act as patchworks across garments. Colours are primary and fun.

Etro

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Etro has to be one of the highlights of the season. Traditionally the design house offers a selection of ornate paisleys from head to toe and this season was no different. However, this season included some beautiful florals and mix and match prints which are still in keeping with Etro’s style.

Dolce and Gabanna

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Dolce and Gabanna wowed us again with big digital florals on chiffon and georgette bases. Colours were vibrant and the show was clearly influenced by Frida Khalo with bright floral head dresses and bold colour.

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The safari trend still looms over the catwalks for Spring Summer 19. Salvatore Ferragamo delivers this though tropical prints in soft khakis and browns.

All images from vogue.com

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New York Fashion Week SS19

Here we take a look at the best of New York fashion week in terms of print. From Oscar de la Renta to Zimmerman, the runway was full of pattern and colour.

Tory Burch

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Tory Burch hit the runway with more scarf prints but this time they had more of an indian influence with paisleys and rich orange tones running through them. Paired back with stripes and ditsies, the collection offered many different print styles.

Self Portrait

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With disties being one of the biggest trends for SS19, Self portrait have delivered a collection of nearly all ditsies. Cut about, varying scales and brave colour combinations make them feel new.

Diane Von Furstenberg

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DVF is always a highly anticipated designer in terms of print and she certainly delivered for SS19. With only 9 looks in total, animal, florals, ditsiesand tile prints were all mix and matched.

Oscar de la Renta

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Moroccan inspired prints are decorated with opulent fringing and intricate conversational create a tapestry across the body. The Oscar de la Renta show for SS19 was a stand out show for us for clever use of colour and print styles.

Carolina Herrera

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Carolina Herrera was a massive injection of colour to the New York runway. Bright coloured grounds with varying scaled floralsis the key message from this show.

Zimmerman

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Decadent paisleys and worn out patchwork prints, Zimmerman was like an indian tapestry pulled apart and redesigned. Slick fashion design acts as a canvas to beautifully intricate prints.

All images from Vogue.com

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