Rixo

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2Founders Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey, have started one of the hottest print focused ready to wear brands in recent years. Rixo is everywhere and everyone is talking about it. Starting in 2015, the brand has rocketed to premium stockists such as Liberty, Selfridges and Net a Porter.

 

Taking influence from gorgeous, eccentric vintage clothes but making them accessible and wearable for the modern day customer.

Photo: Henrietta Rix and Orlagh at their South London studio, Rixo.com

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All of the Rixo prints are lovingly hand painted in their design studio and are all unique. Taking majority of their influence from bold vintage pattern, the brand manage to create very lively and creative prints from coloured animal, to clashing florals.

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Critics have noticed them for their clever use of colourand combination of prints in any one collection. They have now secured themselves a spot in the fashion week line up.

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With a healthy amount of celebrity endorsement from the likes of Emma Connolly, Freddie Harrel, Holly Wiloughbyand Dolly Alderton, Rixois now seen to be the must have brand in your wardrobe.

Here is a look at some of the most recent collections from Rixo:

Resort 19 – Romance in Rebellion

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AW18 Studio 54

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AW18 Disco Daze

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Rixo separate their products on their website by print stories which is great if the print is the main focus of your garment.1112

https://www.rixo.co.uk

Instagram- @rixo

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Yayoi Kasuma

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The highly anticipated, most instagramed exhibition of the year, ‘Yayoi Kasuma– The Moving Moment When I Went To The Universe’ has touched down in London this winter. With the free ticketed exhibition selling out within a day for a 3 month period, we were lucky enough to get our hands on some tickets and see some of her finest work.

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The highlight of the show was the infinity mirrored room “my heart is dancing to the universe”. The mirrored room is full of giant paper lanterns covered in polka dot patterns suspended from the ceiling. Conveying the illusion of being unmoored in endless space, this large-scale work, the latest example of Kusama’sfamed immersive environments, offers a sense of infinity through the interplay of the rhythmic patterns of colourfulspots covering the black spherical lamps and the surrounding mirrors.4

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Paintings from the artist’s celebrated, ongoing My Eternal Soul series are on view at Gallery II, Wharf Road. Joyfully improvisatory, fluid and highly instinctual, the My Eternal Soul paintings abound with imagery including eyes, faces in profile, and other more indeterminate forms, including the dots for which the artist is synonymous, to offer impressions of worlds at once microscopic and macroscopic.

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About Yayoi Kasuma

For almost seventy years Yayoi Kusama has developed a practice, which, though it shares affiliations with movements such as Surrealism, Minimalism and Pop Art, resists any singular classification. Born in Matsumoto City, Japan in 1929, she studied painting in Kyoto before moving to New York in the late 1950s, and by the mid-1960s had become well known in the avant-garde world for her provocative happenings and exhibitions.

Since this time, Kusama’s extraordinary artistic endeavours have spanned painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, performance, film, printmaking, installation and environmental art as well as literature, fashion (most notably in her 2012 collaboration with Louis Vuitton) and product design.

Image: avenuemontaigneguide.com

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Vuitton and Kasuma 2012 collection, Vogue.co.uk

In 2020 Kusamawill create her first permanent UK installation for the new Crossrailstation at Liverpool Street. Titled Infinite Accumulation, the site-specific work develops her instantly recognisablemotif – the polka dot – into a series of flowing, mirrored steel sculptures, each up to 12 metreswide and 10 metrestall. Below is a digitally rendered image of the installation:9

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https://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/louis-vuitton-unveils-yayoi-kusama-collection

https://www.victoria-miro.com/exhibitions/528/

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Fashion Bloggers to Follow

In a world where everyone loves fashion and a selfie, anyone can become a fashion blogger with the help of some followers. Its hard to know who to follow for the best fashion content with the industry as oversaturated as it is. Here is a look at our favourite influencers filling our instagram feeds with colour and fashion and who love print almost as much as we do:

Pandora Sykes

Writer, fashion consultant and fashion guru Pandora Sykes is one of our favourite bloggers. As co-host to the No1 podcast show ‘The High Low’, Pandora shares her interest in popular culture and fashion through her blog and instagram. Her recent new born is already a style icon in herself

http://www.pandorasykes.com/category/fashion/

Instagram – @pandorasykes

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Style Bubble

One of the original fashion bloggers, Susie Bubble, has built a massive name for herself and is now a massive name in the fashion world for her unique, vibrant style.

http://www.stylebubble.co.uk

Instagram – @susiebubble

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Song Of Style

Interior designer Aimee Song takes gorgeous fashion shots in stunning locations. Her wardrobe relaxed and full of printed gowns.

http://www.songofstyle.com

Instagram: @songofstyle

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Advanced Style

Photographer and author, Ari Seth Cohen, is the creator of Advanced Style, a project devoted “to capturing the sartorial savvy of the senior set.” He says, “I feature people who live full creative lives. They live life to the fullest, age gracefully and continue to grow and challenge themselves.” It is one of the most vibrant, uplifting fashion blogs out there.

https://www.advanced.style

@advancedstyle

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The Frugality

London based fashion stylist, Alexandra Stedman, is a lover of high street fashion. Her blog is full of affordable but ever so stylish outfits and she is not afraid to wear bold prints.

@thefrugality

http://the-frugality.com

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Freddie Harrel

Her enchanting smile is enough of a reason to follow fashion blogger Freddie Harrel. Best known for mixing high street with high end and effortlessly owning her looks. We love the vibrancy Freddie brings to our feeds.

@freddieharrel

http://freddieharrel.com

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Robert Vernet at The London Print Design Fair

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Sarah Glyn-Woods of Design and Colour Ltd and Karl Grobelny from Creation Robert Vernet

Sometimes it is important to say things as they are….it is very quiet in the world of printed textiles, clothing manufacture and retail sales. It was therefore no surprise that the Fair was quieter than usual. There were some stunning designs on offer from our friends at Vernet as there were from other studios and sellers of vintage archives.

Just to be totally uncommercial for a moment, what would we do without the wonderful array of vintage garments when foot traffic is slow. There were things that I had worn in the past and even certain items that I have kept and are in suitcases in the loft. There were interesting characters posing in some outrageously wonderful outfits, so thanks for cheering us up and you know who you are!

Recently a friend borrowed a 1970s knitted kaftan to go to a party and my other half pointed her out to my son at the bus stop saying ”well that ‘s a throw back to the past”. He failed to notice it was our friend or that it was one of my many cherished garments that he thinks I should part with.

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Flowers were very much in evidence, as usual, but they were more painterly and some had a vintage cut out feel.Finally the photograph flowers appears to have faded away with the limited exception of some occasional wear seekers.

We had much interest in medium sized and smaller florals with a vintage feel but overall they needed to be very pretty.

Patchworks were popular; squared, diagonal or scarf prints from monochromatic to fresh multi coloured. The most popular flower for me was the poppy which appeared to have sneaked into most floral bouquets or be standing boldly in the forefront. The mixing of the poppy with other flowers and the looser shapes and variegated colour and texture moved the bloom safely away from the flower of remembrance day.

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Laura Newton from Blueye Design and Kate Lerigoleur from CRV13

Tie dyes a la Dior muted palette or in these playful bright colours were also very popular.

These were WGSN’s picks from Robert Vernet:

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Robert Vernet

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Design and Colour are pleased to announce that they have taken on the agency of Creations Robert Vernet in the UK and will be launching their new collection at The London Print Design Fair in Islington.

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The company was founded in 1957 and is based in Lyon, the French city renowned for silk weaving and being the historical centre of textiles in France. With a team of over 20 designers using both the latest digital technology yet still drawing on the importance of hand painted designs, Robert Vernet is recognized as a master of this craft. The company has been awarded the “Living Heritage Company ” label by the Ministry of Commerce for their excellence and expertise.

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As many of us know in this industry our products have to be valued and it is through attention to detail in both manufacture and styling that this can be achieved. We all compete on a global stage and keeping ahead of colour trends and delivering fresh and exciting patterns are crucial to us all.  Working world wide across the fashion and home furnishing markets the design team are motivated by the diversity of their client’s demands.5

As a print maven it cheers me no end to work with a studio that understands separations and has the wider experience essential to understand production processes. The advantages of digital print are phenomenal yet there are many other print processes and between us we can work to satisfy all our client’s expectations.67

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Instagram – @theprintaffair

Henry Holland X Papier

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Cheeky slogans and quirky prints, this new collaboration is a match made in heaven. Fashion designer Henry Holland has, over the last 10 years, built a portfolio of brightly coloured ready to wear clothing with experimental, playful pattern and fun slogans through his fashion brand House of Holland. With this signature style in mind, Papier seemed like the perfect collaboration to put his playful, spirited twist on.

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“Boundlessly energetic, playful and funny” Papier describe him and this is certainly the handwriting he went for in his designs.

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“I think what I wanted to do with the collection as a whole was to reflect the brand in its entirety – where it’s come from and its history, as well as where we are currently. We’ve had a lot of fun picking through the archive for prints to pull out but also we’ve added in a very heavy dose of humour and fun in some of the slogans.” Henry Holland

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Henry’s dog Peggy is always a fan of his eccentric work

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https://www.papier.com/thefold/articles/getting-the-party-started-with-Henry-Holland-interview

Instagram – @theprintaffair

London Fashion Week SS19

Here is a run down of our favourite designers from London Fashion Week SS19 in terms of print and pattern

Erdem

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Erdem stayed true to their brand identity with moody, dramatic florals taking center stage even in their high summer collection. Ditsies accompanied larger scale, photographic florals to give the collection some calm.

Burberry

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Burberry have moved on their classic check and have evolved it to a stripe that sculpts around the body. To sit alongside this, they have gone animal crazy with cow, tiger and leopard print.

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

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Preen have experimented with all types of florals for SS19. Traditional wallpaper patterns to scattered ditsies, the collection celebrates the combination of them all.

House of Holland

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Bold colour combinations sit upon snake skin designs in the newest drop for Henry Holland. Type is also used as another angle, continuing the trend from resort collections.

Temperley London

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Clever placement and interesting shapes, each printed outfit in the Temperley London collection is a piece of art in its own right. A beautiful soft colour pallet to match, this collection feels fresh and new.

Marcus Lupfer

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The Marcus Lupfer show just illustrates the importance of disties this season. From bright coloured grounds to pretty pastel arrangements, we love all of the above and think its going to be a massive trend for the season ahead.

Richard Quinn

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Mixing vintage roses with hibiscus filled tropicals, Richard Quinn has taken a more commercial approach to his work for this collection. Known for his recycling of liberty prints, Quinn offers more contemporary prints and large, impressive scales.

 

All Images from Vogue.com

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Frida Khalo Inspires

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A collection of prints inspired by the embroideries and weaves of Central America and the warmth of colour often accented with cool blues and greens.

 

 

Frida Kahlo in blue satin blouse, 1939, photograph by Nickolas Muray. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archive

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Richard Quinn X Liberty

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Known for his bold use of colour and saturated bloomed fabrics, Richard Quinn returns to work with Liberty of London for a fun and fabulous accessories line. Back in 2016 Quinn unknowingly used a print from the Liberty archive for his MA collection. He manipulated the print in an ultra modern, digital way and since then, he has used many other prints from the archive to achieve his signature look.

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Richard Quinn’s SS18 collection was showcased in Liberty of London in front of a floral backdrop. He used five of their prints to achieve the clashing printed looks he achieved and almost made them unrecognisable.

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Since the success of his SS18 show, Quinn has gone on to win the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design and has had a collection with H&M so this collaboration is another great stepping stone for the young designer from Peckham.

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Richard Quinn receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design at his AW18 Ready to Wear show. Getty Images

In true Richard Quinn style, the new range of accessories for Liberty are full of giant blown up ditsies, bold primary colours and clashing pattern. The prints range across 30 different pieces and across varying products from scarves, to handbags to purses.

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We love how Quinn has updated the well loved ‘Iphis’ Liberty print, which is iconic across liberty accessories, and injected his own floral mayhem on top.

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The incredible store fronts (images above) were aimed to be ‘instaready’ for the customer. He wanted the figure to be completely covered in the print designed for the collection and the accessories to be an extension of this.

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Quinn is also known for clashing opposing prints which works so well with these vibrant, bold blooms.

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Images from Liberty.co.uk