What the market wants: Spring Summer 2017



We are now seeing a pattern in the requests for Fast Fashion Spring Summer 2017. Designers have digested the catwalks, polished their looks and we are ready to share with you the print trends that we believe will be strong over the next few months. Enjoy our look book.

Flowers Galore











Gingham, Stripes & Ditsies


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Marble Smudge


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By Laura Newton – designandcolour@gmail.com

I visited the Decorex exhibition at the end of September and amongst the elaborate lighting and long established furnishing companies there were some fresh looks from contemporary businesses that are embracing the Digital Printing era.

Here are some of my favourites:



Blackpop is an independent British label specialising in creating elegantly distressed wallpapers, fabrics and upholstered furniture, which punk up the rich tapestry of the past to create opulent yet random anarchic patterns.

Their designs are manufactured in the UK using the latest in digital technology and are celebrated by both commercial and domestic clients worldwide. With an expert eye for detail, pattern and colour, Maxine Hall, Director and Designer for Blackpop excels in creating collections that are remarkable for their beauty, opulence and innovative style.




More Art, Less Decoration.

Feathr are a Scandinavian company who have a passion for the Arts. They work with a growing global community of independent artists by sourcing, curating, commissioning and making stunning, modern and unique designer wallpapers and fabrics.


Tom, Anne and Oli started FEATHR.com as they wanted to work with people who share our passions: art, big ideas, design, craft, interiors.

‘We want to unboring your home’

‘We give independent artists a new canvas and total freedom’




Established in 2011 by Jo Bound, Boeme set about creating a furnishing brand of beautiful fabrics and interior products. Created in the Boeme studio from Jo Bound’s original fine art paintings ; exploration into the natural world of plants, landscapes whilst experimenting with painting techniques keeps the Boeme aesthetic alive. These joyous, expressive works are translated with a wealth of experience in textile design.


The Boeme signature appeals to those, who are committed to sourcing statements pieces  from a bold non-conformist portfolio.



Oasis and The V&A: Tales of the East

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In July last year we blogged about the gorgeous botanical collection from Oasis and their collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum. It was a beautiful summer collection, and they have teamed up again to bring us Tales of the East.

This year, the collection is ‘inspired by the chinoiserie prints of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum’. The collection is the perfect stepping stone into English Autumn, with deep, exotic prints. At high street prices, the 25-piece collection is available for everyone, which makes it that more unique!


The Oasis design team have worked their magic once again; delving into the V&A’s archives and reworking wallpaper designs. Dresses drenched in floral prints (perfect for a September wedding), luxurious matching pyjama sets and bold bomber jackets caught our eye.

Amelia Calver, Researcher and Product Approval manager for the V&A, talked to the Oasis Blog about choosing the prints. The teams met with moodboards and ideas and, having worked together before and knowing ‘Oasis’ penchant for patterns’, prints were decided upon.

Chinoiserie is a decorative style in Western art…characterized by the use of Chinese motifs. Amelia talks about the ‘appeal of chinoiserie’ and how it draws ‘on an exotic and romantic notion of the East’. Read more here.


Click here to see the collection in action!

And shop online or find your nearest store here: Oasis Online

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Graduate Feature: Taking Shape



Over the next few weeks, we will be celebrating this year’s graduates’ work of all styles, giving a platform for new designers. We have been reviewing shows from colleges, universities and New Designers in London and have picked our top collections. Each collection is unique and shows a different set of skills by each of the designers.

In the third week of our feature, we are showcasing designers who create intricate, geometric prints with inspirations from architecture to space.

Shaneale Moore

I am a Printed Textile Designer in the making. My strengths are working with bold colours collaborated with images. I am a highly all round functional creative surface pattern and print designer. I can strongly use illustrator and Photoshop to develop and create innovative design ideas. Through attending De Montfort University, I have confidently gained this skill. My overall design style is adaptable with strong bold colours and pattern trends. I enjoy designing for different markets especially high end fashion and accessories market.

Collection: Geometric Clash

Through thorough research I have been inspired by cathedrals and architectural motifs on biblical buildings, thus leading me to design my own concept for my collection called GEOMETRIC CLASH. My collection is heavily influenced by juxtaposition, the idea of things that don’t work together. Op Art influences and Moroccan architectural motifs have helped me develop my ideas and put together my collection. My Colour pallete is inspired by the latest trend forecasts for Womenswear spring/summer 2017 and patterns for 2017 from WGSN and trend forecasters. Geometric Clash is a combination of screen print and digital print. My collection is high end fashion for women’s wear spring/summer 2017.

 Access Shaneale’s online portfolios here:

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Molly Wharton

Molly Wharton has studied BA (Hons) Textile Design at De Montfort University and has created a beautiful geometric collection:

Architect Gordon Matta-Clarke and Artist Man Ray were both the main source of inspiration for the collection. I’d like to become a successful printed interior textile designer.

Contact Molly: mollywhartondesign@hotmail.com





Josey White

De Montfort University is where Josey White studied Textile Design:

This collection is about perception and how animals see colour and light. I came up with this concept when looking at an installation in America by Abandon the Normal. Their name also sums me up as a designer; not fitting within the normal boundaries. I like to push the boundaries of fashion and print in my designs which are aimed at menswear. They show my passion to create and incorporate bright, interesting patterns into menswear ranges.

My aspiration after university is to stay at De Montfort and do my Masters in Fashion and Textile Design. I will be taking a course in pattern cutting, so that I have a better understanding of fashion and how my prints apply to the body.

Check out more of Josey’s work here





Alice Hughes

Alice Hughes studied BA Honours in Textile Design specialising in print at De Montfort University:

The inspiration for this project was initially from the galaxy and space, such as the interesting textures from the planets and light reflections from stars. As the project moved on I looked at light reflections in water to make soft textures, and I translated these into patterns from my indigo dying samples. I also looked at star constellations for inspiration to design my geometric imagery. I also looked at designers such as Izzey Miyake and Christopher Kane to inspire my collection.
Alice wants to continue working with print:

I aspire to work within the printed textile industry designing for the fashion industry and working within a team to create collections, and seeing my prints on the high street. I would love to have my own business in the future working towards a high end fashion or interior business.


Contact Alice: almayhughes27@gmail.com






PLEASE NOTE: These designs are the intellectual property of the artists and as such may not be used or replicated but may be available for purchase direct from the artist.

July Celebrity Style



The past month saw engagements, the finals at Wimbledon and the Teen Choice Awards. Pippa Middleton showed us her best summer style and is our print queen for this summer month.

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The ‘Scream Queens’ actress stole the show at the Teen Choice Awards at the end of the month, in a matching top and skirt by Self Portrait.


Sarah Hyland

The Teen Choice Awards were full of fun prints this year, including Sarah Hyland’s bright J. Mendel dress paired with the shoe of the summer – lace up heels in pillar-box red.


Chloë Grace Moretz

Chloë scooped the award for Choice Movie Actress: Comedy in a striped Marc Jacobs dress. The bright pink colour with the contrasting black makes this otherwise simple dress eye-catching and bold.


Pippa Middleton

After announcing her engagement (with THAT ring) in July, Pippa stepped out in a series of beautifully printed dresses, showing us how to keep cool but stylish in the summer months. We love this floral dress by Danish brand Vila.


Pippa wore a colourful, geometric shift dress to Wimbledon by British designer Tabitha Webb. The bold, 60’s inspired dress made Pippa stand out of the crowd. Look out for more geometric prints by graduate students later this week.


Another day at Wimbledon, another chic dress by Tabitha Webb! Pippa really did steal the print style crown this month. This sweet, pink dress has a bright peacock feather print.


Sublitex Prints

Inspired by the summery style of July’s celebrities, we bring you prints from Sublitex. Visit Sublitex.com







Graduate Feature: In Bloom



Over the next few weeks, we will be celebrating this year’s graduates’ work of all styles, giving a platform for new designers. We have been reviewing shows from colleges, universities and New Designers in London and have picked our top collections. Each collection is unique and shows a different set of skills by each of the designers.

In the second week, we look at designers who have produced different interpretations of floral designs, from bright digital designs to softly painted prints.

Jessica Boynton


Jessica graduated from BA Hons Textile Design (print and surface pattern design) at Birmingham City University:

My inspiration for my project started from looking at Japanese flower arranging (ikebana) and looking at the flowers that are traditionally used in their arrangements and using this to produce bold and dramatic collection of ‘Japanese Bloom’ designs. My final major project was also about my personal development in illustrative skills and digital work, combining all this to produce commercially viable designs for interior fabrics and wallpapers. Jessica’s skills include hand drawing and painting techniques using a wide range of media and screen/ open screen printing using a range of processes.

In the future, Jessica wants to develop a career in print and surface pattern design:

I’m taking every opportunity given to me following new designers. I have a particular passion for trends, styling and print design.

Contact Jessica: jessicamary3003@gmail.com

See more of her work on her Instagram: @jessicamarytextiles Twitter: @jessicamary3003



Katie Punton


Katie studied Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design at Leeds College of Art:

My latest collection ‘The Digitally Surreal’ was inspired by my research into digital processes which led to the development of my own unique digital drawing techniques. My collection celebrates everything digital, combining intricate digitally drawn florals and digitised textures to create vibrant prints with a surreal aesthetic.

Fashion has always been a great inspiration for my work. Therefore I would love to be able to work with a well established brand to create beautiful prints. Being able to see my designs in a store is certainly an aspiration.

Contact Katie on: katie_punton@hotmail.co.uk

See more work on her Instagram: @katiepunton_design



Kate Hardy


At Bath Spa University, Kate studied Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors and created a beautiful floral collection for interiors:

I am inspired by seasonal flowers I find. Always researching and working to current trends. I work with contrast, for example the palm house at Kew Gardens intertwined with British garden flowers.

I would like to join a design team creating unique prints for textiles to gain experience in the textile industry.

Contact email: khardy567@live.com

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Amy Harris


Amy’s current collection is based on florals, completing her Art Foundation Course at Strode College:

After researching into traditional floral designs, such as William Morris and Liberty, I decided I wanted to focus on ‘modern’ florals. Using my self-taught Photoshop skills, I created print designs which were inspired by a visit to the Eden project in Cornwall.

This contemporary collection explores the exciting results of transforming and manipulating colour and pattern. A big influence for me is Peter Pilotto and also Mary Katrantzou and Basso & Brooke. I have been inspired by their clashing colours and patterns with a vibrant fresh colour palette. I have created a range of floral prints that can be applied to a wide range of surfaces.

I will be moving to MMU in September to study a Textiles and Surface Design degree. My future plans are to work as a designer within the textiles industry and I am open to where the next few years might take me.

Contact Amy: amylouiseharris397@gmail.com


PLEASE NOTE: These designs are the intellectual property of the artists and as such may not be used or replicated but may be available for purchase direct from the artist.



Graduate Feature: Making Their Mark



Over the next few weeks, we will be celebrating this year’s graduates’ work of all styles, giving a platform for new designers. We have been reviewing shows from colleges, universities and New Designers in London and have picked our top collections. Each collection is unique and shows a different set of skills by each of the designers.

For our first week, we’ve put together designers who are making their mark, inspired by technology and the urban scene, and different styles and eras of architecture.

Pindi Kaur


Pindi Kaur studied BA (Hons) Textile Design at De Montfort University:

I am textiles designer, specialising in printed textiles. I created a collection called ‘Transmit’ where the concept was based on technology and focusing on intricate details of computer chips, broken electronic devices, and the strong mark marking of sound waves and electrical currents. In terms of my design direction, I am attracted to strong structures, crisp lines and abstract shapes with fine detail, which overlap onto textures. I enjoy layering medias together by combining digital printing with layers of screen printing on top, as well as being able to experiment, by altering the scale of patterns and manipulating the surface of fabrics with pigments and the technique of foiling. Pindi wants to continue on designing, to create collections, as well as focusing on pursing a career in merchandising.

Contact Pindi: pindikaur_@hotmail.com


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Sophie Wade


Sophie’s final collection was inspired by the Barbican estate in London. She studied Textile Design (BA Hons) at Nottingham Trent University:

I wanted to challenge the aesthetic of this brutal, concrete utopia and make it contemporary and wearable for fashion fabrics. I loved building a strong concept for my final project and building a particular look and style. Although my work is predominately digital, I am very hands on in the first stages of design. I like to use many different types of media in my sketchbook work and create quite textural, collaged pieces of work before scanning in and developing the designs.

Sophie is starting at the Next head office in a few weeks in Leicester as a Trainee Buyer for Home:

Slightly different to my final project as I was taken down the fashion route, but I have always seen myself working for homewares and I’m really excited to work for a company like Next who are so involved with design and fashion to keep me in the loop!

Contact Sophie: sophiewade26@gmail.com

See more of her work on her Instagram: @sewtextiles



Charlotte Gibson


Charlotte Gibson was also inspired by architecture for her final project on Textile Design at De Montfort University:

Architecture is hugely influencing my approach right now, the idea of symmetry and balance in grid like forms, teamed with light and shadow. This concept is based around the Bauhaus style and its influence in modern design. As a designer my style automatically veers towards Art Deco style and I wanted to give my collection a contemporary twist by carefully selecting the right colour ways and scale without it looking too retro.

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‘Beauty is the harmony of purpose and form’

I have always been interested in how I inhabit spaces and how I can change them to feel more aesthetic. I want to design what I love. If I can indulge myself into a creative process and spread this emotion and beauty through interior textile design alone then I have done something right. This is where I want to be. This is where I will be.

Contact Charlotte: charlottemaydesign1@gmail.com




Jessica Ellwood


Jessica Ellwood studied Textile Design BA (Hons) at Nottingham Trent University and has also been inspired by the urban world:

My inspiration comes from materials which make up the urban environment, responding to how metal warps and rusts over time, or how concrete weathers and decays. Likewise, I love to explore fabric, and its potentials in line with print. I like to ask questions about print – what would happen if I pleat this? How can I create this texture on a flat surface?

I would like to technically develop my screen printing skills – my dream would be to work in a small, creative studio where I can work alongside other like-minded people. Running my own studio is something I would love to do!

Contact Jessica at : jessicaellwood@live.com

And see more of her work on her Instagram: @jessellwoodprints



PLEASE NOTE: These designs are the intellectual property of the artists and as such may not be used or replicated but may be available for purchase direct from the artist.


Riviera Style




This week we are bringing you a swimwear special, thanks to the warm weather. We are throwing it back to last summer, with the Riviera Style: Resort & Swimwear Since 1900 exhibition which was shown at The Fashion & Textile Museum, London. So if you need some swimwear inspiration for next week in Ibiza, you have come to the right place!

“From the English seaside to the Côte d’Azur and California, Riviera Style celebrates fashion at its most fun.”

Covering everything for the beach from swimsuits, cover-ups, sarongs and even beach pyjamas, Riviera Style takes us through a timeline of 100 years of swimwear.



The exhibition first takes us time travelling back to Edwardian bathing dresses, designed to keep the wearer covered up and modest.

The 1920s and 30s saw a more relaxed attitude for swimwear, with more skin on show. As rules, such as the law that required men to cover their torsos, were relaxed, we saw two pieces become available for women and detachable torso pieces for men. Elastic based threads in the 1930s were introduced, replacing knitted wool based pieces.


In the late 1930s and 40s, beach pyjamas were loose and bright, keeping women stylish at the end of a long day on the sand.


Partnership with King & McGaw

“King & McGaw, the online art print store, has curated a display of Riviera-inspired prints to accompany the Riviera Style exhibition. Selected from the archives of British Vogue, P&O Heritage and National Railway Museum, the prints celebrate fashion and travel from the 1930s to 1960s.”

These photographs are by famous photographers for Vogue such as Henry Clarke, Don Honeyman and Laurence Le Guay in the 1950s and 60s.

You can see more amazing vintage posters with the book ‘Vintage Travel Posters: Going Places In Style’ by Patience Coster.



Thanks to the use of elastane in the 1960s, pieces became more structured and wide range of styles became available, suiting a wide range of sizes, in bright colours and vibrant prints.



“During the 1960s and 70s, pattern predominated with psychedelic prints in acid colours. Palazzo pants and other resort wear with designs by Emilio Pucci are particularly noteworthy.” – F&T Museum


Dress by Emilio Pucci and Samuel Sherman


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The fabrics on show were beautiful, ranging from older, specially knitted pieces to more modern printed designs.





June Celebrity Style

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By Alannah Messett – designandcolour@gmail.com

More fashion shows and movie premieres this June meant more gorgeous prints on the red carpet. Jessica Chastain takes over as our queen of print this month in Michael Kors and Prada.

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The blonde bombshell wore a summery Coach dress to the Coach party in New York, sharing a fun picture on her Instagram, showing off the vintage style print.


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Another month, another style queen! At the new Michael Kors flagship store opening on Regent Street in London, Jessica showed us how to wear monochrome in Michael Kors Collection.

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(Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Michael Kors)

Who said redheads can’t wear red? Jessica was chic and girly at the Prada menswear show in Milan in a mixed floral print.

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Miranda Kerr

Miranda looked ladylike in Sydney in a floral Gucci dress, the perfect evening dress for Australia’s colder months.

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Naomie Harris

At the Rimowa store launch party in London, the actress wowed in a bright blue and red J. Mendel dress, with a subtle pattern. The matching Christian Louboutin heels brought the stylish look together.


Emma Bunton

Baby Spice looked radiant at the flamboyant premiere for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie premiere in Leicester Square in an Alice + Olivia floral dress.

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Here we have Sublitex prints inspired by our June celebrity style icons:

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European Quiz



As we hit the mid week hump, The Print Affair are here to cheer you up. Grab a coffee and entertain yourself on your break by matching these famous fashion houses to the correct designers or founders. Can you also remember which European country these designers are from?

Pictures are from the designers’ Autumn Winter 2016/2017 shows from Vogue.




























1. = F. Jean Paul Gaultier, who is French

2. = D. Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana, who are Italian

3. = B. Dries Van Noten, who is Belgian

4. = E. Mary Katrantzou is Greek

5. = C. Cristóbal Balenciaga is Spanish

6. = A. Peter Pilotto was a slight trick – they are London based but owned by two designers. Pilotto is Austrian/Italian and his partner Christopher de Vos is Peruvian and Belgian.