Marble designs

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Trends continually morph and from the tie dye and splatter prints to the wooly description of a “non print print” we have now arrived at “marble prints”. Not the dastardly glass balls on which to break your ankles in the playground but the Noble stone type.

Some requests are for something as near a possible to the real thing with veins in natural muted shades and others are looser representations.

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Running alongside the natural marble trend is that for Venetian or Japanese Suminagashi crafted marbling where the artist floats oily pigments on water, swirling the colours and them laying paper or fabric on top to transfer the pattern onto the substrate.


Lastly there is interpretation that is less realistic from soft pastel shades through to something brighter and bolder. Ultimately these fall into the infamous non print print category..

Maximalist: Liberty London window

“Our Maximalist campaign is a celebration of eccentricity, inviting you to tear up the rulebook and stake your claim to eclectic layering, riotous colour and the art of clashing. In the windows, this comes to life as so-called style faux pas, twisted and turned on the head in true liberty fashion…”

There is a huge trend at the moment for mixing animal prints; this runs through both fashion and homewares. Liberty of London’s’ window display showcases and embraces eclecticism adding a modern twist by layering fabulous brands like last Tuesdays feature ‘House of Hackney’ with other incredibly quirky elements.



Breaking all the rules with:

‘Don’t be caught dead in red and pink’

2-200129-beind-the-windows-maximal‘Denim on the double us asking for trouble’ ‘Blue and Green should never be seen’

Who makes the rules that blue is for boys and pink is for girls?

A feast for the eyes with fabulous clashing florals in bright yellow.floral-200129-beind-the-windows-maximal

Below are some of the eclectic products on display…

Ganni leather zabra cross body bag. Avenida Home Wildlife tea towel.

Velvet Liberty fabric cushion and Liberty fabric ‘Carline Rose’ silk satin fabric.

Tree of life fringed cushion and Liberty print scarf.



Head down to Liberty London on Regent Street to see the window for yourself. A master class in Visual merchandising. With lots of Pattern and Print!

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House of Hackney

Introducing ‘The Magic of Nature, Part 2: Serpentine’s Spell.’ Split into 3 complementing ranges; House Of Hackney really have weaved their Magic and created something that is incredibly stunning. Available in wallpaper, fabric, soft accessories and furniture. These beautiful prints would be the talking point in anyone’s home.


Inspired by an original 19th century design found in the vaults of legendary French wallpaper house Zuber, Majorelle unfurls with psychedelic flowers in contemporary colour palettes.


majorelle_moss_green_45cm.1579023099The ‘Majorelle’ wallpaper featured a floral print inspired by Jacobean designs and has been created in collaboration with French wallpaper house, Zuber. Look closely and you’ll see the original block-printing marks.



House of Hackneys symbol of transformation – the serpent – weaves its way into Anaconda. On tactile cut-velvet, this alluring designs is adorned with raised snakes, evoking the Garden of Eden.

anaconda_eucalyptus_2.1579022588Wallpaper traditionally printed in England. The design combines a green shade ‘Eucalyptus’ with a beautiful metallic bronze finish.



Christened after the paradise island of Arthurian legend, Alavon is populated with a wild array of sunflowers, poppies, daisies and lilies – capturing the untamed beauty of the natural world.




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50 years of fashion: Dame Zandra Rhodes

One of the most iconic and recognisable UK fashion designers Dame Zandra Rhodes has been designing fashion for an astonishing five decades. The Fashion and Textile Museum in London celebrated her achievements with a fabulous retrospective exhibition.

Dame Zandra Rhodes. Photograph by Simon EmmettDame Zandra Rhodes. Photograph by Simon Emmett.

Her early education in fashion set the foundation for a career in the industry creating textile prints.  In addition to designing garments, she designed textiles for interiors, featuring her prints on furniture and homeware. In 2003 Rhodes founded the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. Over her fifty year career Rhodes has won numerous awards recognising her amazing contribution within the fashion industry.

Zandra Rhodes, 1977. Photograph by John Swannell. Z with Pink Hair Pink Nails. Archived by ‘Zandra With A Zee’ – Documentary about Zandra.

Zandra Rhodes and models at Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall, 29 July 2017. Image Louise RobertsZandra Rhodes and models at Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall, 29 July 2017. Image: Louise Roberts.

Models wearing garments from Zandra Rhdoes A/W 1976/78 ‘Mexican’ collection.Zandra Rhodes ‘Cactus Highway’ print, 1976.

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Zandra Rhodes Top Brass Print, C.1964Zandra Rhodes Top Brass Print, C.1964

Photograph by Bridie O’Sullivan.Zandra Rhodes photo for the poster for the S/S 1986 ‘Spanish Impressions’ collection. Photograph by Robyn Beeche. Zandra Rhodes SS19 Lookbook.

Below are some images of the exhibition, showcasing Zandras’ fabulous use of colour and pattern in her fashion collections through the years. Always staying true to her iconic and individual style.Zandra Rhodes 50 Years of Fabulous. Photo by Bridie O'Sullivan. Copyright Fashion and Textile Museum (1)Zandra Rhodes 50 Years of Fabulous. Photo by Bridie O’Sullivan.

All images Copyright of the Fashion and textile museum.

Jubilee Collection

The House of Zandra Rhodes is thrilled to release Zandra’s Jubilee Collection for SS20.
Head over to the website to look at more fabulous images of the new collection.

Tutankhamun exhibition

Screen Shot 2020-01-25 at 18.23.21Commemorating the centenary of the discovery that captivated the world, the largest collection of King Tutankhamun’s treasures ever to travel out of Egypt is at the Saatchi Gallery until 3rd May 2020. This exhibition has been produced by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

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The legend of Tutankhamun captured imaginations globally when, in 1922 his tomb was unearthed by British explorer Howard Carter and financier Lord Carnarvon. An instant worldwide sensation, public fascination surrounding the boy king – and the only Ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found intact – has continued for decades, with exhibitions in 1972 and 2007 drawing record crowds of well over one million visitors in London.


Screen Shot 2020-01-25 at 18.24.21The exhibition has timed visits so there is the opportunity to view each item at you leisure. When we think of Tutankhamun treasures it is the death mask and sarcophagus that springs to mind and these are not in the exhibition. However there are plenty of other just as interesting items, some small and delicate with astonishing detail.

Do listen to the audio guide which steers you through the rooms giving both background knowledge of the discovery, the history of ancient Egypt, Tutankhamun’s life and the exhibits.

For fascinating background information and surprising insights into the world in which Tutankhamen lived follow this link:

Tutankhamun’s Death Mask







Fabulous Gym Gear

The new year come around and so do those resolutions. One a lot of people make is to get fit and make more time for exercise. With that in mind here at The Print Affair we though we would compile a selection of beautiful (printed) leggings. Incase you are heading out on a run or going to a gym class; you should look and feel good!

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Sweaty Betty

Each pair of the Super Sculpt Leggings are made from 17 post-consumer PET plastic bottles. Sportswear meets science with their famous bum-sculpting technology; with a high waist and new extra comfortable waistband keeping you super supported. With a side pocket too, we love these for yoga and Pilates, though they can be worn for any workout.

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Lulu Lemon

Leading the way in the print department lulu lemon never disappoint when it come to colourful and patterned good quality sportswear. Worth the investment when they look this good!


For a more affordable range primark have some on trend camo and marble prints on their sportswear.

The Upside

Beautiful abstract animal, graphic floral and camo. If you want to stand out and make a statement these are the leggings for you, but at £100 a pair you need to really love them to invest. Leggings are in a lightweight stretch jersey and most come as a printed set with matching sports bra-let.


Stig Lindberg

1916 – 1982

One of Sweden’s most important postwar designers, Stin Lindberg was a ceramic designer, glass designer, textile designer, industrial designer, painter, and illustrator.

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He later succeeded Kage as Art Director of the company. During this period and until 1980, he designed individual ceramic items, as well as factory produced ranges and lines of dinnerware. Lindberg branched out taking his designsinto other areas such as wallpaper, fabric and illustrating books. He achieved fame for his eccentric forms and whimsical decoration and returned to teach as a senior design lecturer at his former college.

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Screen Shot 2020-01-19 at 11.39.50Stig Lindberg : Tusenkonstnären by Gisels Eronn Photo : Thomas Svensson

Lindberg was part of the golden age of the Swedish creative art industry last century; being most remembered for his work in the 1950’s and the 1960’s. He was one of the most prominent designers showing wide creative aesthetics with quirky, colourful and illustrative ideas all having a great impact on the Swedish Interior decorative style.

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Screen Shot 2020-01-19 at 11.40.06Bulbous was drawn by Stig Lindberg in 1947 and is a typical example of the innovative, ingenious and billowing bulb shapes that are found on his ceramics from the same period.

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Screen Shot 2020-01-19 at 11.40.30Pottery fabric and Lustgården fabric.

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The Golden Globes 2020

Its that time of year again, awards season. The Golden Globes was Sunday night and the A-listers were out in all their finery to celebrate all things Film and Television.

Below are just a few of out favorite looks, there was not that much print but it was made up for in colour. Bold, Bright dresses… and a few suits.

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charliz theron in diorCharlize Theron in Dior

Jodie Comber in Mary Katrantzou and Renee Zellweger in Armani Prive.

sacha baron cohen and isla fisher in monique lhuillierSasha Baron Cohan and Isla Fisher were a bright and bold couple in Monique L’hullier.

The prints and patterns that were on show were impactful and of course… floral.

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kaitlyn dever in valentinoKaitlyn Dever in Valentino

joey king in iris van herpenJoey King in makes a bold statement in this classic Iris Van Herpen dress.

zoe kravits in saint laurentZoe Kravits somehow manages to look incredibly cool and elegent in this spotted dress by Saint Laurent. Maybe it’s the Rockstar in her genes.

One of the key trends was Red! Talk about looking at home on the red carpet.

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Olivia Coleman in Emilia Wickstead and Helen Mirren in Dior. Its not just playing the Queen that these two have in common. They both look amazing in red!

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