Pre-Fall 2016 Collections

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By Alannah Messett –

The pre fall 2016 collections took us from Japan to Florence, from old-school florals to dramatic snakeskin. The collections were full of prints and here is a review of our favourites.

Alberta Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti was full of rich, vibrant prints. Animal prints covered coats, boots and dresses, with elaborate designs for their formal evening dresses. This collection is dramatic with an animal twist.



Valentino’s 84-look collection took us travelling across the globe. The two designers, Chiuri and Piccioli, took us to Japan and across America – specifically New York.


Red Valentino

Valentino’s sister line’s signature girly look had a grown-up make over, with 70s vibes and floral prints. A mix of geometric and floral prints in feminine silhouettes kept things exciting.


Preen Line

Preen’s second line mixed romanticism with the tough for Pre Fall 2016. Florals were toughened up with grid patterns and soft, flowing dresses were paired with black boots and biker jackets or masculine overcoats.


Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg has a story for every collection and this was no exception. Pre Fall 2016 was titled Palazzo and was inspired by ‘the grand palazzos of Rome and Florence’, as well as the Italian patterned silk ties and scarves of E. Marinella. You can see this influence in the printed soft, weightless dresses and skirts.



Erdem, famous for their floral prints, have produced an elegant, feminine collection full of old-fashioned magic – the perfect inspiration for Valentine’s Day.


What’s to come in 2016


Happy New Year from The Print Affair! To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of things to look forward to in terms of print design this year, such as fairs, exhibitions and trends. Have anything to add? Write it in the comments section!

The London Textile Fair


This time Sublitex Miroglio will be exhibiting in the Main Textile hall rather than with the Print Studios, on Stand M10 Textile floor, at Islington Design Centre 13-14 January.

Sublitex Fast Fashion Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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We’re already looking forward to the warmer weather, as well as the trends of Spring Summer 2016. Here’s a reminder of what’s to come from Sublitex in their Fast Fashion Spring Summer 2016 Collection, as shown at their offices in Dock Leicester back in November. The sophisticated, feminine florals really caught our eye.

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear


A new exhibition at the V&A will be looking at what lies beneath our clothes, from corsets to Calvin Kleins!

Pre Fall 2016 Collections

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Alice + Olivia and Erdem Pre Fall 2016. (Images: Vogue)

As each Pre Fall 2016 show comes out, we get more excited for the season ahead. Some of our favourites include the embroidered ‘grandma chic’ of Alice + Olivia and the romantic elegance of Erdem. Keep an eye out for more on our favourite collections.

Opening Up The Pattern Books

The Silk Museum in Macclesfield is opening up their large collection of silk pattern books that haven’t been seen by the public before, collected as each silk mill went out of business. Starts Saturday 6th Feb and ends Saturday 14th May. Read more here.

Fashion and Textile Museum


And don’t forget…the Liberty show is still on at the Fashion & Textiles museum until February 28th, as well as The Art Of Pattern, with Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell for Liberty 1961–77.