This weeks trend has been skin and flowers for those planning for AW 2019. The look is rich and the skins more abstract as we have been predicting.
Brazil has inspired many this summer with the Olympics, but it has also inspired many Interior Decorations, particularly when we think of the Amazon Rainforest.
Here are just a few tantalizingly-tropic designs I have found:
‘Tropicana’ – Matthew Williamson: Osborne & Little
Dorothy Drapers 1940’s Brazilian Palm Print
‘Rainette Velvet’ by Designers Guild
‘Abel’ by House of Holland for HABITAT
‘Liana fabric’ by John Lewis
Last week I was in London and decided to pop into Liberty and see the latest designer fashion ranges. This store is not only beautiful but manned by the most helpful and informed staff.
So often nowadays one battles through the crackling static of over lit, overfilled aisles to even find a sales assistant. Here there is space, subtle lighting and the most pleasant and discrete offers of help. The music is pretty interesting too and quite a contrast to the quirky gentility of sales floor.
Marco de Vincenzo
This display was sumptuously framed by the polished parquet and heavy beams. The printed fabric cut to make a feathery fringe was a fascinating and tactile use of a richly random mixture of colour. I just had to touch and run my fingers through this mane.
The Japanese inspired prints from MK with fluid clouds of colour broken by the use of softer tones then enlivened with pops of colour were beautiful.
This collection seemed to have been made to compliment the interior of Liberty being elegantly sumptuous. The embroidery had an Eastern European folkloric feel that seemed fitting in this arts and crafts building.
A cool eclectic collection of tattoo prints, vintage florals and embroidery – this was a younger edgier look.
Isabel Marant Etoile
Popping dark based florals and wonderful primary coloured ikats prints.
Alice and Olivia
This rail of sophisticated dresses appears to be a fantasy wardrobe; elaborate brocades and jacquards, satin devoré and bold prints. There is something vintage in the look which makes one dream of cocktail parties.
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.
And shop online or find your nearest store here: Oasis Online
Pictures from oasis-stores.com
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Inspired by the summery style of July’s celebrities, we bring you prints from Sublitex. Visit Sublitex.com
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
See more of her work on her Instagram: @jessicamarytextiles Twitter: @jessicamary3003
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.
See more work on her Instagram: @katiepunton_design
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who said redheads can’t wear red? Jessica was chic and girly at the Prada menswear show in Milan in a mixed floral print.
Miranda looked ladylike in Sydney in a floral Gucci dress, the perfect evening dress for Australia’s colder months.
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.
Baby Spice looked radiant at the flamboyant premiere for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie premiere in Leicester Square in an Alice + Olivia floral dress.
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.
The most recent catwalks have been filled with print – here we bring you a brief introduction to our favourites from Moschino, Gucci and more.
Valentino is going to be our main summer inspiration – pineapples, palm trees and bright florals covered full skirts and summer dresses. The collection was inspired by Cuba – spot the white ginger lilies, Cuba’s national flower.
Jeremy Scott’s new collection did not disappoint. Both the Spring ‘17 Menswear and Resort ‘17 collections were bright and fun. Psychedelic, kaleidoscope and animal prints filled the catwalk and the whole show was a feast for the eyes.
Dolce & Gabbana’s collection was called “DG Musica”. You can see the musical hints through the collection, with instruments and piano players printed onto suits and bomber jackets. Pineapples were also featured; a hot print for summer which is clearly here to stay!
The Gucci Resort 2017 Show was held at Westminster Abbey. Alessandro Michele, creative director of Gucci, was extremely inspired by the gothic building. We loved the Victorian-esque floral dresses and co-ords.
Images from Vogue.