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

Sex and the City

I couldn’t help but wonder…could it really be true? More than 20 years after the hit series made it’s debut Sex and the City is heading back to the small screen!

The original HBO show followed the lives of four New York women negotiating work and relationships in the late 90s and early 2000s. Lets face it through, it was all about the fashion!

Let’s take a look back at some of the most fabulous outfits worn by out 4 favourite New York girls. Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte.

The 4 all had their own look and pushed the boundaries on style, trend and what it meant to be ‘fashionable’ taking risks, making mistakes and looking fabulous. Everyone could relate to different aspects of their characters style and all of us envied Carries’ shoe collection.

All images from google.

Staying In

We asked our family which prints they would wear to cheer themselves up while being lockdown. Here are a collection of happy zappy prints and those that your colleagues would not think you might be wearing with your PJ bottoms and daft Christmas slippers.

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GUCCI X THE NORTH FACE

A collaboration which connects two brands with similar history and values, The North Face x Gucci celebrates the spirit of exploration.

The full The North Face x Gucci collection isn’t on sale until January 22. But worry not; Gucci have released a sneak peak at the collection and it’s enough to make the most avid of city-dweller want to book a camping trip and escape to the great outdoor – while looking totally fabulous of course.

There are the classic goose-feather down padded coats; as well as skirts, shirts and jumpsuits in the same fabric. The outerwear silhouettes are based on original The North Face designs from the 1970s. It is clear to see a 70’s inspiration in the images from the new campaign.

This collection comes at a perfect time as currently ‘The Great Outdoors’ is, for many of us, our only source of exercise and freedom.

Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s creative director, has long championed fashion as ‘a powerful instrument of freedom,’ as the brand said in a statement.

While a full price list is yet to be revealed, prices will start at £135.

Images copyright of Gucci.com.

Images from Grazia.co.uk

Erdem – Pre Spring 2021

For a little escapism and inspiration take a look at this beautiful Pre Spring 2021 collection from Erdem. Beautiful floral prints have a luxurious feel on bold and varying solid grounds; from black to bright yellow. These striking florals are incredibly classic but also have an exciting and refreshing feel. Aren’t we all longing for the spring months and some colour back in our lives – and wardrobes.

Images from erdem.com and matches.com

Bags: Inside Out Exhibition

With Lockdowns coming and going and this year ending in ‘tiers’ we at ‘The Print Affair’ wanted to bring you something lovely to enjoy. An exhibition just opened and on until the 12th September 2021 ‘Bags: Inside out’ is a must see for anyone with a slight interest in fashion, textiles and an appreciation for craftmanship! Until we are able to see it in the flesh; here are some gorgeous images from the new V and A exhibition.

Bags: Inside Out is the UK’s most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the ultimate accessory. With an exclusive look inside the world of the factory and atelier, this exhibition explores our longstanding fascination with the bag, from designer handbags to despatch boxes, vanity cases to military rucksacks.

Featuring around 300 objects, varying in scale from tiny purses held on a fingertip to luxurious travel trunks, the exhibition explores the function, status and craftsmanship of these highly covetable objects from the 16th century to today.

Function and practicality; objects designed to hold our belongings. From holiday outfits to confidential documents.

Sketches, samples and prototypes from international fashion houses and the UK luxury brand Mulberry show the innovative early stages of the design process.

Surrealism; Thom Browne’s handbag in the form of his dog Hector and a Chanel bag transformed into a milk carton will explore the surrealism and humour evoked through accessories.

Left to right: Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union wear Thom Browne outside the Thom Browne show on June 25, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Melodie Jeng, Getty Images); Model with Lait de Coco Evening Bag, Karl Lagerfeld, 2014 © Jason Lloyd Evans

Identity and celebrity culture; the role of the bag amongst the political and societal elite. Featuring a Hermès ‘Kelly’ named in honour of Grace Kelly and a ‘Lady Dior’ handbag named after Princess Diana. 

Left to right: Grace Kelly’s departure from Hollywood (Photo by Allan Grant The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images); Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian with Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton ‘Monogram Miroir’ gold speedy handbags in Sydney, Australia 2006. Photo by PhotoNews International Inc, Getty Images

Fendi Baguette bag worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City, 2000, Italy. Image courtesy of Fendi

Messages; The use of bags as a blank canvas for slogans, personal statements and political messages and their role as a public platform to share beliefs and convictions.

1.’I’m NOT a Plastic bag’ tote bag, Anya Hindmarch and We Are What We Do, 2007, London, England. Museum no. T.176-2019. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 2.Tracy Emin

Sponsored by Mulberry

Mulberry is very pleased to be the sponsor of Bags: Inside Out. This wonderful exhibition from the V&A celebrates the unique status of bags in our lives, diving into the history of these objects as both cultural phenomena and iconic pieces of design.

The vibrant floral print was inspired by the opulence of chinoiserie and a 20th century furnishing fabric from the V&A’s archive. Our creative team used this motif to animate some of our most iconic silhouettes, creating a timeless accessories collection that is steeped in design history.

Take a look behind-the-scenes at Mulberry with Development Team Leader, Alice Gouldbourne to discover more about the precision and technical skill required to produce each one of their iconic bags.

Images and information all from: Mulberry V&A · Making Bags V&A · Bags: Inside Out (vam.ac.uk)

Moody Interior Florals

Embrace your dark side with opulent prints in luxe fabrics and antique shades. From Gorgeous rugs at The Rug company in collaboration with Mary Katrantzou to statement lampshades from a fabulous brand called Mind the Gap; feast your eyes on the below inspiration.

Botanical Paradise; Mary Katrantzou for The Rug Company

Bluebell Daydeam; Mary Katrantzou for The rug Company.

“I chose to collaborate with The Rug Company as there was an authentic synergy between the two brands – a genuine appreciation for craftsmanship and a passion for bold patterns and unique beauty, values which we share at Mary Katrantzou.”

1.CARNABY GREEN SOFA with a classic floral velvet cover. 2.MERCIER REGENCY ARMCHAIR Part of the Francesco Elli Collection, this piece is finished with water-based, natural dyes and is also available in other colours. http://www.artemest.com

FLOWERS OF THE LADY REGENCY Floor Lamp. Mind The Gap. http://www.mindtheg.com

1.DECORATIVE PANEL Lampshade 2.BEOCADE LAMPSHADE. Mind The Gap. http://www.mindtheg.com

Secret Oasis Heritage Prestigious Wallpapers http://www.wallpaperdirect.com

Golden Lily Runner. HouseofHackney.com

‘Tilia’ lampshade in dramatic ‘Onyx’. Painted with large sprigs of tulips, primroses, daffodils and ferns – evocative of the ingredients typically gathered for spell casting – this bewitching velvet design is handcrafted in Britain to a traditional, fringed silhouette. houseofhackney.com