Karen Mabon

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Designer and illustrator Karen Mabon enchantesus with her beguiling collection of printed accessories and home wares. After studying at London’s Royal College of Art, she set up her own label to showcase her illustrative skills in 2013. “Each illustration tells its own story, whether that be curious creatures, nostalgia-filled memories or characters acting out scenes from and old, forgotten film.” Her prints can be seen on cashmere scarves, silk sleepwear, home accessories and other decorative pieces and her label has been linked with Anthropologieand Nordstrom to name a few.

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Karen has collaborated with all sorts of companies and worked on some unusual projects which is what makes her label fresh and unique. Unsurprisingly, print magpies Anthropologiehave teamed up with the vibrant designer. Other companies include Radley, The National Portrait Gallery, Universal, The V&A and even Heathrow Airport. Here is a look at some of the collaborations:

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Alongside her signature scarves, Karen has also delved into designing for interiors. These cushions covers are jammed packed full of motifs and are a feast for the eye. We love the print clashing of all of her designs thrown together in this photo shoot.

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Karen captures her products in her enchanted photography, each collection illustrating a different story

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For SS18 Karen has created a range of printed swimwear and in her own unique style, each print as random as the next. From vegetables to star signs, what makes her work so interesting is the fact that the product and the print do not need to necessarily work together, resulting in fresh new pieces.

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https://www.karenmabon.com

 

Emilia Wickstead X Bodyism

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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.

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“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.

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Emilia Wickstead, vogue.co.uk

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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http://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/emilia-wickstead-bodyism-activewear

https://bodyism.com/uk/product-category/emilia-wickstead-collection/

Botanical Tropicals

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A wonderful feminine feel is coming through for Spring Summer 2018 with prints that appear to have been taken straight from the archives of the Royal Horticultural Society.

There are palettes of sweet bright pastel florals and exotic birds that then move into the green, blue and khaki more leafy designs. Then, as usual, there is the opposing palette with predominately black, navy and some khaki grounds to add drama to the trend.

Here are our top picks from the Sublitex collection.

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The London Textile Fair

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Last week we exhibited at the London Textile Fair in the Business Design Centre, Islington, which was a roaring success. A big “hello” to all our new contacts and also to our lovely existing friends and clients who came along to see us.

We were so busy that at times we were showing designs to 3 groups of clients at one time. Overall everyone felt that this year there is a strong and renewed interest in prints. In particular designers were looking for vintage beautiful florals, botanicals and over sized flowers. The Boho patchworks, horizontals and scarf looks are still hot but these need to be complexed and have lots of surface interest.

Our blog is one year old this week and goes from strength to strength and many more followers joined up after the fair. This post is a celebration of all our blogging friends, old and new, so let the pictures from the show talk for themselves!

 

Life should be fun and colourful and that’s just what we are all about.

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