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.


Mint Velvet




Jolie Moi and Hush

LK Bennett and French Connection



Skins, Spots and Mark Making


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


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


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.

Plaid and Tartan

Plaid is always a great go to in the autumn/winter. It can be a way of injecting colour and texture into an outfit. They don’t have to be woven. They can be recreated digitally as we showed you the other week with our Sublitex design.

Below is a colourful collection of plaids and tartans that we have found in the shops and on the runways. From high end to high street; the ultimate classic A/W trend.





A big trend on the New York Catwalk for spring/summer 2020.

Vivienne Westwood






Paul Smith


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Michael Kors

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Preppy plaids from Michael Kors New York runway show in classic, navy, red, black and white.


Rouland Mouret

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Ports 1961

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Marc Jacobs


Carolina Harerra

A more spring feel from Harerra. Bight colours with lots of white in the plaid makes it a great option for spring.


Printed trainers

The statement white trainer, seems to be the shoe of the moment. Teamed up with pretty printed skirts – its every girls go to trainer of choice. But what about when you fancy something a bit more out there? We scoured the high-street and designer brands. To bring you some of this season most exciting printed trainers…

Rogue Matilda


Its all about animal print for Superga.


Scamp and Dude x Superga

Scamp and Dude is a fabulous brand with a very special story, visit to read all about it and see their range of products with their bold graphic animal print. They have collaborated with superego on a range of kids and adults trainer.

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Vans have the urban street look covered with conversational graphic prints in bold colours. Also a brand new collaboration released with Vans x Vivienne Westwood.

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Ted Baker

If its something feminine and floral you are looking for; these Ted baker trainers are beautiful. Photographic prints looks amazing and liven up the classic white trainer.


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Animal prints galore with converse! You can even customise your designs on their website.

Nike x Sacai

A very exciting collaboration between Nike and Sacai across their apparel collection also features some trainers. Not printed but amazing colours! Who wants a pair?

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Print edit S/S 2020 runway Part 1

We have scoured the catwalks to bring you a selection of some of our favourite and most inspiring prints on the runway for the s/s 2020 season. There we so many we have created two fabulous edits for you. Look out for part 2 next week. All images from head over to check out the full collections, its definitely worth it.

Philip Lims’ Fabulous textural abstract print.

Carolina Hererra‘s absolutely stunning abstract florals. Boys bright colours as all over textures and also some spaces out blooms on solid bright base colours.crolina herrera1 s:s20

Anna Sui stays on brand with beautiful bold colours creating fabulous tonal prints.

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Coach 1941 went graphic with their colourful 1941

Marc Jacobs show was full of colour prints, a small selection below of the vibrant florals on show.

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Molly Goddard along with her statement colour blocking dresses, showcased some fabulous intricate floral designs.

Oscar de la Renta went soft with their colour palette to creat some really interesting and eye catching placement prints with patchwork like effect. combining multiple designs into their garments.

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Osman had a range of different style prints from the bold and graphic to more abstract tie dye effect prints. Great use of colour and really make a statement.


Ports 1961 did not hold back on colour. Mixing multiple prints within one outfit to create eye catching statement looks on the runway.

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Tory Burch was femanine and bright with beautiful florals as larger scale prints and more ditsy designs. tory burch7 s:s20

Preen showcased some fabulous prints including these bold floral designs.


Prozen Schouler kept it abstract with some moody sophisticated textural prints.

Second Hand September

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Oxfam are running a campaign asking people not to buy new clothes for the 30 days of September but to buy secondhand clothes instead.

See what we found and what we felt about this campaign.

Ella and I tried to source the same sort of trends that we found on the high street in our local charity shops. The current craze for skin prints was very easy to  find and most items were priced between  £4.00 – 7.50. The garments were from mid to better end high street stores and there were frankly only good quality items on offer.

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A fully lined playsuit, a jersey red long sleeved T shirt and a full sleeved feather print floaty top.

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A gold foiled snake print cardigan, a printed wool top and a multi skin Ombre patchwork top.

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We also found some Marvel licensed garments which were a bit more quirky and fun. Both appeared to have been barely worn.

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A fabulous cobalt suede skirt, casual monochrome gathered pants and last year’s striped trousers will do just fine for another season.

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There were some good prints which would be very easy to wear with jeans and a gorgeous horizontal ombre ditsy floral from French Connection.

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I wanted Ella to look also at the quality of the garments and we found a great red jacket for quality but the styling was a bit old fashioned. However there was a brand new Hollister jacket for ÂŁ28.

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We found two great quality knits. Nylon is added to the blend to help garments keep their shape and add strength to the fabric. We found a pretty fuchsia cardigan from Boden. The merino wool V neck jumper from Jasper Conran was superb.

Screen Shot 2019-09-15 at 16.29.35I am not sure about this campaign as I see the problem as far more complexed than being presented. The reality is that as a nation we consume and discard way too much in all areas. 

Since time in memorial the textile industry has been a major pollutant of the world, along with many others, transport, construction, mining, agriculture, metallurgy, etc. It is definitely time for all to clean up their act.

In the last few decades the UK has seen a trend for cheap throw away fashion. Cheap always means a reduction in the quality of the products, both in terms of fabrics and garments. In reality few of these garments are likely to make it to the Charity Shops.

Currently the high street is suffering, thousands of people are losing their jobs and this is not what the British fashion industry needs. Also remember behind the very worthy message of “Secondhand September” is marketing goal to sell more clothes from Oxfam’s high street outlets.

Charity shops are exempt from paying business rates, staff are mainly volunteers, and so they have minimal operating costs. You can be pretty sure that one will be coming soon to that empty shop on your high street.

My advise is to shop wisely, be prepared to pay more and demand better quality. Finally, I believe that there is room to support both the high street stores and your local charity shop by making a conscious decision to avoid throw away fashion.


Ella goes to College

This is Ella and she is about to start college so we decided to go shopping together to find her suitable clothes to wear.

We began by visiting all the high street stores and in this blog we will cover the prints that we found. I was guided by Ella and we tried to steer away from animal prints as she, like me, is rather fed up with them. As she said, if you bought them last year why would you buy more this season.

Ella is also very practical and wanted clothes that were interesting but not too flamboyant as this was daywear. The garments also needed to be comfortable and easily mixed and matched.



Although it has been done before, Ella liked the spotty printed tops to wear with trousers from Miss Selfridge


Red Herring, Hollister, Miss Selfridge and Topshop all had very similar colour palettes and ditsy florals.


Topshop was more colourful in two floral prints and had an interesting holey fabric which was a welcome variation.


Ella liked the more abstract take on skins and the warmth of orange in these prints in DP.


These more inky spot abstract skins were different, the first in DP and the second in Topshop. This was a skin print but she liked the warm colouration in New Look.


H&M had some interesting geos but the fabric was thin. This last one from Topshop was different.

gA diagonal plaid skirt in Miss S and a khaki tropical in H&M  were very wearable. Again khaki camo and chain prints but a less flamboyant chain more suitable for daywear, both in River Island.


Topshop and New Look have very similar leopard and zebra patchworks and this H&M nude and brown ground is a pretty colour.


Ella liked the baroque print in Wallis only the scrolls and not the  jewels. We liked this print in H&M until we saw this on the mannequin.


The overall winners were the navy and orange flame animal from TS, the autumnal tie and dye to wear as a flash of colour and a very pretty fine line floral from H&M.

Taking a 16 year old girl around clothes shops should be an exciting affair but frankly it was not. I have been getting rather despondent by what is out there and did this exercise in order to see whether I was just becoming old and cynical.

Frankly high street you need to up your game. Too much looked the same or rehashed ideas from last year. Colours were drab, in store choice was limited and there was very little difference in the offering from shop to shop. I let Ella choose where to go and do remember that this was to source daywear for college. Some shops we entered do not even feature as there was nothing for her.

Oxfam has launch “Secondhand September” as a campaign to primarily raise funds for the charity, however this is addressing the amount of clothing that goes into landfill each year.  If the quality of garments does not improve then they will not make it as far a charity shop. Also note that this marketing drive is not going to help the downturn in high street sales and the job loss implications that this entails.

Next we will be taking up the “Secondhand September” challenge. Watch this space.