Day of the Dead

Please do not confuse this with the over commercialized celebration of Halloween which has spread from the USA over much of the Western World. This is a Mexican festival to honor and celebrate the lives of those who have departed.

Día de Muertos was traditionally a three-day festival from October 31 to November 2 in which the living communed with the spirits of the dead and families remembered their loved ones. This involved graveyard vigils, decorating graves and altars with offerings of food, drink and flowers.

3People take part in the Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City.  Photograph: Victor Cruz/AFP/Getty Images

2People dressed as skeletons and the Mexican popular character Catrina join in the Day of the Dead. Photograph: Mario Guzman/EPA

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Since 2016 this festival grown much bigger nationwide but perhaps the most famous event is the Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City. This parade is said to have been inspired by a scene from the James Bond movie Spectre.
In 2018 the Mexico City Parade was held in memory of all those who had died attempting to transit into the USA.

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Paraders paint their faces with the boney features of La Calavera Catrina, the elegant female skeleton once used to mock the rich Mexicans who aspired to be Europeans but is increasingly seen as the personification of the Day of the Dead. La Catrina and the essence of her story goes deep into Mexican traditions and roots but has been restyled only in the last century. She proves that ”Death is Democratic” and comes to us all whatever our background, skin colour or wealth. In the end we will all be just bones and our fancy clothes and material wealth of little significance.

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The Aztecs worshiped a  goddess of dead who they believed protected their departed loved ones, helping them into the after life. Mexicans historically have always had a culture which honors and celebrates the dead and the contribution that they have made while they have been alive. Familiar symbols of the event are skeletons, sugar skulls, altars, and the colourful cut-paper streamers.

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All images and information taken with thanks from The Guardian Newspaper reviews of the Mexico City Day of the Dead parade in 2017 and 2018.

Printed Bags

If you aren’t feeling bold enough to wear an all over print. Do it with accessories!

What do your accessories say about you? Below are a collection of High end designer Handbags, all printed;The ultimate arm candy. Who wants to be practical when you can be bold, fun, colourful and make the ultimate statement about your personality. A feast for the eyes… enjoy.

Of course, you cant go wrong with some animal print.

Alexander McQueen

Manu Atelier

Calvin Klein

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Wandler

Paul Smith

Not forgetting Florals. Some really gorgeous colourful prints to brighten up any outfit.

Dolce and Gabanna

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These conversational prints are so Fun, colourful and playful!

Chanel

Moschino

Prada

Pucci

Dolce and Gabanna

Miu Miu

Saint Laurent

Vivienne Westwood

 

All images from http://www.farfetch.com

Rixo

A fabulous collection full of fun, colour and AMAZING prints…

We have featured this amazing brand before, but when we saw what they were doing for their s/s 20 collection we just had to share!

‘FESTIVE FUN 🧡🌾☮️✨🚌!! 50 years on from the most iconic festival of all time, Woodstock, Rixo went Back To The Garden for London Fashion Week! Taking inspiration from Joni Mitchell, their Back to the Garden collection (which you can shop now!🌼) is an ode to the spirit and style of the sixties ✨Retro Woodstock prints’

There is no waiting for this new collection, Rixo offered customers the chance to ‘shop while they showed’.

https://www.instagram.com/rixo/

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Further inspiration was taken from Mary Quant as Rixo had their own bus present on the Kings Row for their collection preview.

All images from https://www.instagram.com/rixo/

Sublitex designs inspired by the S/S 20 runway

Below we have some beautiful sublitex prints for you. Inspired by the s/s 20 runway edit we did last week.

There is a mixture of bold, colourful florals. From Hand drawn, painterly and  photographic to more graphic styles as well as Ikat and more textural designs.

Runway images are from vogue.com, print designs are Sublitex.

Richard Quinn

Richard Quinn

Alberta Faretti

Versace

Etro

Michael Kors

MSGM

Etro

Marni

Victoria Beckham

Fendi

Richard Allen x H&M : Wearable art

Abstract, avant-garde design in high octane colour. H&M’s latest collaboration celebrates the legacy of iconic scarf designer Richard Allan with a contemporary new collection.

Beautiful prints in colours that fit with the current fashion palette, but also resonate from the sixties. Through the collaboration with H&M, Richard Allan’s signature prints and colours make the leap beyond the square to a whole new collection and generation.

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Above are own photos taken in H & M.

The Richard Allen x H&M collection is available in stores and online from 22 August.

Print edit s/s 2020 runway part 2

Another edit for you from this years spring/summer 2020 runway. From oversided, bold florals at Richard Quinn to beautiful scarf prints at Erdem. Marni and Moschino had some amazing colourful, painterly prints to offer. Of course not forgetting how J Lo stole the show at Versace to celebrate 20 years since ‘the dress’.

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Animal Prints from runway to highstreet

S/S 2020 shows in New York and London were filled with more animal print designs. Always a go to for designers; lets see how they have updated and moved on from last season.

Ports 1961

House of Holland

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Richard Quinn

Dries Van Noten

The highstreet is also full of animal print. Its a trend that does not seem to be going away. Whether it be leopard/zebra/snake – this season they seem to be on the natural/neutral side. Easy to wear with a pattern and style to suit everyone.

Topshop

Mint Velvet

Oasis

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Zara

Jolie Moi and Hush

LK Bennett and French Connection

 

 

Skins, Spots and Mark Making

Question:

When is a skin not a skin, or an animal a non animal or a spot a mark?

Answer:

Frankly, heavens knows but when in doubt it is probably a non print print.

Conclusion:

A print that is not a true skin, spot nor flower, as she has so many of these already. The design must go with everything in her wardrobe and require minimal consideration before purchase.

Vague, we know but here are our takes on this conundrum.