Antoinette Poisson


Gucci florals are always beautiful and can be recycled season after season, but this resort show felt even more special. Alessandro Michele, creative director of Gucci, came across the unassuming Parisian company Antoinette Poisson. Michele decided to teamed up with the wallpaper studio to create some of the enchanting prints we saw walk down the runway for the Resort 19 show.



It’s easy to see why Michele was in awe of the decadent designs of this French atelier. Striking geometrics combined with oriental, detailed florals feels new for the Italian fashion house and certainly adds a difference to their most recent collection.


Photo by Jason Lloyd-Evans for Wmagazine

About Antoinette Poisson

Founders Julie Stordiau, Jean-Baptiste Martin and Vincent Farelly were working as freelance wallpaper restorers when a project to work with 18th century ‘Domino’ wallpaper arose.

“The paper is made according to traditional 18th century techniques. Jacques Bréjoux who makes our paper collects old linen and hemp clothes from the 18th and 19th century which he shreds into small pieces which are then hammered, put into water and then sieved in order to create a pulp which is dried and pressed”. “It takes approximately one day to print 100 sheets and around one or two minutes per colourper sheet to paint.” Julie Stordiau


“Each hand-painted design is available in the original colourway, as well as a more restrained, modern palette,” Julie Stordiau


Photo: © À Paris chez Antoinette Poisson


“Hand–blocked and hand-painted, the prints are reproductions of the ‘dominos’ that were once employed to decorate smaller nooks and crannies – lining closets, corridors, boxes and books.” Julie Stordiau



Resort 2019 – Top 8

Resort SS19 has seen a plethora of print and we have bought you the a run down of our favourite printed pieces. Here, we take a look at some of the collections that we feel will set the colour and pattern trends for the summer months in terms of print.


Gucci treated us to more scarf prints as a continuation from many of their recent collections. Decadent flowers with borders of contrasting colour and cleverly placed motifs make the ever loved Gucci floral feel new and updated.



“The Daydreamer” by writer Ian McEwan was the imaginative inspiration behind Veronica Etro’s latest collection. The collection is full of mystical prints with a slightly psychedelic feel which mimics the novels idea of being swept away into otherworldly places. We love how the prints hark back to the 1960’s with the bright colours and free moving patterns.



Branding has continued to be a big print theme from AW18 and Valentino have gone all out to deliver it. Paired back with beautiful scarf prints and mix and match ditsies, the written word within a print is a great novelty update.



As we start to see ‘Toile de Jouy’ prints returning, Altuzarra took it one step further with large scale illustrated landscapes wrapping around silhouettes. This Italian landscape motif, inspired by the novel ‘Call Me by Your Name’, is used on everything from accessories to sequined cocktail dresses.



Print guru Erdem blew us away yet again with his whimsical floral fabrics. The resort collection showed prints on many different coloured grounds which is perfect for the lead up to spring summer. Florals are very feminine with pops of colourand exotic birds.

Johanna Ortiz


Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz is always a highly anticipated designer to watch in terms of print. A relative newcomer to the fashion world, the designer is not afraid to experiment with scale and colour. With a strong safari theme coming through in her collection, we feel like this show will influence a big trend going forward in the season.

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Designer Prabal Gurung gained inspiration for his latest collection on a trip home to Nepal. Blown up paisleys and a sea of tie dyes, Gurung explored the concept of cultures colliding and the idea of being a free spirit.

Diane von Furstenberg


Only featuring 8 looks, DVF is certainly more about quality than quantity. Prints are bold, graphic and vivid in colour; everything we expect from a DVF collection.

Emilia Wickstead X Bodyism


Catwalk favorite best known for her romantic, feminine prints, Emilia Wickstead, has combined forces with fitness brand Bodysim to create a collection of active wear. In true Wickstead style, the range is full of her trademark florals giving a feminine edge to sport items.



“It was a very natural and obvious ambition of mine to create my first
sportswear collection with Bodyism. I wanted to create something fun, directional, yet unexpected. This collection is about complimenting feminine personalities and giving them something exciting.
It is about the continuous awareness of the modern woman and her needs for any and every occasion. Exercising is one of them.

Emilia Wickstead


Emilia Wickstead,

Wicksteads previous two collections cemented her pretty floral style, here is a look at two of our favourite designs:

Emilia Wickstead A/W 18 Ready to Wear, S/S 18 Ready to Wear

With high end fashion designers such as Fendi, Stella McCartney and Giambattista Valli all previously designing ranges with sports brand Adidas, Wickstead certainly isn’t the first in the fashion world to branch out to active wear.

Her statement floral can be seen on not only all of the clothing, from hoodies, to sports bras and t shirts, but you can also bag yourself a stylish printed yoga mat

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Some are referring to this as pastels but we prefer the title sherbet. It can be bright, clean and fresh but also softer or more subdued. Next season is very feminine and this youthful palette is very new. Think soft sharp shades of blue, yellow, apricot, pink, lilac and green.

Naomi Harris in flowing shade of sherbet tulle from Gucci at the opening of the Cannes 2017 Film festival.

Photo Rex Daily Telegraph



Marie Clare UK

Jess Wood this week writes;

Delicate sugared almond shades have shaken off their Hyacinth Bucket connotations and turned themselves into a fashion statement.  Preen’s standout show, inspired by saris and womens’ rights movements, was a masterclass in how to do pretty and powerful – with one-shouldered dresses and draped shapes in delicate shades of palest pink and green.  The big news: lilac, that most Queen Mums-y of shades, is set for a major comeback. Buy a lilac bag now. Or have yourself a scoop of Neapolitan, like Celine’s cream and pink combo.



While Pantone are predicting a bright palette for Spring Summer 2018 for prints. Do look at their reviews and forecasts at

At The Print affair we advocate using as many spheres of influence as possible. You make go soft, brighter or dustier but which ever way you go these new colours are a welcome change.










Preen Home



We couldn’t help but fall in love with this print explosion Preen have created in their brand new home collection. Vibrant florals, clashing prints and reversible fabrics, this range is all about the layering effect of prints and creating drama within your home through furnishings.

Alongside 6 ready to wear collections a year, Preen have now expanded to include Preen Home. This is a really exciting direction for Preen and a great way to showcase those beautiful prints.




Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton are the design masterminds behind Preen. Based in London, the brand has gone from strength to strength each season, with their audiences eagerly anticipating what statement prints will be in their collections that season.

Known for their craftsmanship and their confidence with print, Preen is ‘darkly romantic and effortlessly modern, juxtaposing the masculine with feminine’.

Preen has a loyal (and royal) fan base of famous faces. Stars such as The Duchess of Cambridge, Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyonce have all been seen dressed in their designs.


Preen Home is a “straight from the runway” collection featuring prints from their fashion collection, updating the range with a new design every season.

The first of their designs is a decoupage floral taken from their resort collection.

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Eiderdown Coat – Preen Fall 2017 collection

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Eiderdown Coat – Preen Fall 2017 collection

Luxurious fabrics like silk satin and velvets act as a base to the busy, rich prints. Ruffles, the idea of layering, clashing prints all encourage the idea of ‘more is more’ which is continuing to be a massive trend within home wares from Gucci to House of Hackney.


“With Preen Home, I don’t see it as the new seasonal thing—of course we’ll add a new print in—but then we’ll just keep running them,” explains Justin Thornton.

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From Catwalk to Cushion – House of Holland + Habitat

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Bold, daring and colourful; the new House of Holland range of home products for Habitat is the perfect collaboration. Everything we would expect from the top fashion house, House of Holland is present in the range with a ‘riot of colour’ and clashes of ginghams and botanical prints.

Images from and Habitat Instagram @Habitatuk

This year marks the tenth year in business for the fashion house which is a great time for Henry Holland to launch their second interior collection for Habitat. Taking inspiration from his SS17 catwalk collection, ‘Free To Roam’, the collection is full of fun and confidence. Inspired by Josef Koudelka’s photography of gypsy communities, each look is rustic and celebrates a thrown together aesthetic, embracing clashes of prints and textures.

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The collection has now been translated into home products which all run with the same ideas as the bold fashion collection. Henry Holland believes that “wearing colour makes you feel different; it can make you feel mischievous and happy and you have to be carrying a certain attitude underneath if you’re wearing a lot of colour. Colour plays a massive part in injecting a sense of fun” which can now be injected throughout our home surroundings which will evoke this same confidence and attitude.

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To mark the launch of the new collection, Henry decked out a beautiful room at The Hoxton, Holborn, head to toe in the SS17 Habitat collection. An absolute explosion of colour and print, “the Boho bedding combining folkloric florals and patchwork on a super high thread count cotton; graphic ginghams juxtaposed against classic floral embroideries…we’ve combined all of these for the bedroom collection” says Holland, excited to exhibit his collection in such a bold way.


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As well as all of the elements of the collection, they decided to decorate one of the walls in a bespoke, floral wallpaper to fully embrace the over the top, gypsy style that Holland was inspired by at the beginning.

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Those of you excited by this great collection but not sure how to incorporate the sweet shop of colour in your own home, have a read of this article – Henrys guide to using pattern in your home:

Find the new collection here at Habitat –

Graduate Fashion Week 2015

Graduate Fashion Week was full of the weird and wonderful. From electric brights to gothic lace, every collection wowed the crowd. Here are some more of our top picks.

Manchester School of Art

Hannah Wallace won the coveted Creative Catwalk Award and the George Gold Award for Collection of the Year for the technical skill shown in her innovative collection.

“One of her gigantic padded and quilted ‘astronaut coats’, that appeared to have been inflated like a helium balloon, looked perfect for immediate launch” – Hilary Alexander, The Telegraph.

Wallace used classic sportswear shapes such as leggings and pushed them into the future. The abstract photography prints with the different fabrics and graphic patterns created a collection ready for space.

Photo: Lucy Young

Photo: Lucy Young

Edinburgh College of Art

Melissa Villevieille was named the winner of the Womenswear and the Catwallk Textiles Awards for her “embellished eveningwear, featuring intricately beaded bodysuits and floor-sweeping skirts” – Emma McCarthy, The Evening Standard.

Villevieille took the classic Breton stripe and gave it a modern twist, with shimmering jewels and ruffles. Each new outfit brought a new shape – from oversized sleeves and skirts to jacket panels that touch the floor. Another designer creating fantastic, new ways to look at the silhouette.


Photo: Lucy Young

Photo: Lucy Young

Photo: Lucy Young

University of Northampton

Rebekka Johnson put together a lovely silk collection. The gentle layers of waistcoats and scarves draped over shoulders add to the soft, whimsical effect. The dreamy purple hues and circle patterns create a collection fit for a modern princess.

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The bold accessories in Martha Adams’ collection stood out – the geometric shapes and different materials used make an adventurous design, and the soft hues of blues, teals and pinks come together for an eye catching collection.

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The University of Northampton Catwalk - Graduate Fashion Week 2015 - Martha Adams

The amazing, bright colours of Ashleigh Wise‘s collection really captured the imagination. Her mosaic effect was a different way to celebrate colour. The quirky shoes were the perfect finishing touch to the outfits.

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The University of Northampton Catwalk - Graduate Fashion Week 2015 - Ashleigh Wise

Winchester School of Art

Amy Carlin’s collection really caught the eye with the unusual colour combinations, as well as the face print on her unique designs.


Photo: Simon Armstrong/Vogue