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


Dark Base




Marble Smudge


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September Celebrity Style



Fashion Weeks have started and our style idols are showing us how to transition our wardrobes into Autumn weather. Emily Blunt is our print queen this month as she promotes her new film, The Girl on the Train.

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Sarah Jessica Parker has perfect Autumnal style in an Emilia Wickstead dress at a launch for her new fragrance.


Lupita Nyong’o

While promoting her new film Queen of Katwe, Lupita has been ruling the style stakes. She stayed powerful and stylish in Mary Katrantzou at the Vanity Fair and Tiffany & Co. Private Dinner in Toronto.


Kristen Bell

The star wowed in a plunging embroidered floral Zuhair Murad gown from the Fall 2016 Couture Collection. We love this girly, whimsical look.


Taylor Swift

Taylor supported one of her best friends as she stepped out in New York in a nautical jumpsuit from Gigi Hadid’s new collection with Tommy Hilfiger, Tommy x Gigi.


Emily Blunt

The British actress is everywhere promoting her new film, The Girl on the Train, yet always manages to look chic. For a BBC Radio 1 Studios appearance in London, Emily wore a Burberry sheer blouse and a floral midi skirt from Sachin & Babi’s Resort 2017 Collection.

London Celebrity Sightings - September 21, 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 21: Emily Blunt seen at BBC Radio One on September 21, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)

For the movie’s premiere in London, Emily Blunt wore an intricate, bright Alexander Mcqueen evening dress.


Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu



Installation view of Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu at Camden Arts Centre, 2016. Photo: Mark Blower


Installation view of Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu at Camden Arts Centre, 2016. Photo: Mark Blower.

Making & Unmaking is a show at the Camden Arts Centre, curated by Duro Olowu, and is the latest in the centre’s series of artist-selected shows. The Nigerian fashion designer is famous for his work with bold patterns and shapes.

Throughout the three galleries, the exhibition features over 70 artists from all over the globe:

“Individually, each work has a story to tell; collectively, they begin a conversation in which visual, narrative and thematic relationships unfold. This eclectic collage of works, some of which have strong political undercurrents, addresses issues surrounding cultural identity, sexuality and the representation of the body. Olowu’s exhibition invites a multifaceted journey of encounters with the intuition, skill and vision of the artists represented within it.” – camdenartscentre.org

We visited the show in August and have put together a selection of works that really stood out to us to inspire our readers:

Musclemen Series, 2012, by Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou:

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Anni Albers Red Lines on Blue, 1979, wool:


Wardell Milan, The Flower No. 6, graphite, charcoal, oil on canvas:


Photograph: Five Moroccan Women by Irving Penn, 1971:


Duro Olowu Spring Summer 15:


Watch the fashion film by Portuguese fashion photographer Luis Monteiro.


Images and work all belong to their rightful owners/artists.

Liberty London’s Window Wonder



Liberty London’s entry in this year’s RIBA window competition coincided with London Fashion Week. The store collaborated with The Architectural Social Club for the bright, bold window display and was inspired by its founder Arthur Liberty as well as Liberty’s architecture. The windows told the story of Arthur finding a ‘depraved couture-landscape’ (without the Liberty store) and how he saves it. The windows ran until 25th September 2016.






Picture credit: Liam Clarke

Premiere Vision Preview

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By Sarah Glyn-Woods – designandcolour@gmail.com


September 7 – 8th 2016

Once again the week before Premiere Vision in Paris we previewed our new collection in our Leicester facility. This has become a regular bi-annual event and we thank everyone who made the effort to come along.


Having an appointment system means that clients have the privacy to review the designs at their leisure but also the chance to discuss their individual needs. Ettore Formento, the new Managing Director of the Textiles division of Sublitex, joined us, as did our Head of Fashion Design Alice Grosso.


Laura, who is based in our Leicester design studio, welcomed us all. For the event we use this bright sunny conference room. Laura develops designs, manages all UK custom work and colour for both Home Furnishing and Fashion in a large office on the ground floor.


Here Laura and Alice review the colour placement for a bulk print run in the office with Farid from Printaprint. Our Leicester facility is directly linked to our studio in Alba, Italy as well as housing an extensive library of both digital and gravure designs.septshow03

Laura reviews all digital information from clients looking at the quality, repeat, layout, etc. We can all thank Laura for spotting some absolute howlers before sampling.

She also creates and buys artwork on top of modifying repeats for placement designs. Alice oversees our Fashion Collection while Laura is on hand to tailor design requirements for the UK market.

The Leicester office is a unique environment and please contact us if you would like an appointment to discover more about how we can help you.



As you can see I cannot resist dressing up in the fabric and behaving most regally for our clients. Alannah came along and made a video of the event, so do have a peek!



Photos and video by Alannah Messett.

Aspirational Amazon

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By Laura Newton – designandcolour@gmail.com

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


Graduate Feature: Networking



Over the last six weeks of summer, we have been 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 has been unique and showed a different set of skills by each of the designers.

In our last week, we look at many different styles of print and texture. An overall theme is networks – networks of the brain, of urban buildings and of people that surround the designer.

Thank you to everybody who has been involved with our first graduate feature, and good luck to all of our graduates with their future endeavors.

Rhiannon Wright

Rhiannon Wright spent the past three years studying Textile Design BA (Hons) at Nottingham Trent University:

Most of my recent projects have been inspired by urban areas within cities and the architecture surrounding it. Layering up unorthodox materials and fabrics, such as perspex and neoprene –  to create a contemporary feel. Artists and designers such as Charlotte Love and Bridget Riley (to name a few) have inspired me throughout my journey and have shown me that simplistic patterns can be effective and dynamic.

I would love to just keep working creatively, maybe within a small screen printing company as its an area I have really loved throughout my time at NTU.

Contact: rhiannonwrightdesigns@outlook.com

See more of her work: @rhiannonwrightdesigns or on her website.



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Chandni Chohan

Chandni Chohan studied Printed Textiles Design at Demontfort University Leicester. Her project is called ‘Beneath the Surface’ and is a collection designed for A/W 2017:

‘Beneath the Surface,’ initially explores the human brain, its organic structures and connections as well as translating the minds emotions into strong marks using gouache paint and a dry brush. Thinking less literally had lead me to look at other connections such as train networks, drawn with fine liner pen, to create a contrast with the organic nature of the brain. This idea then developed into looking at those connections, which are in flocking algorithms and swarm intelligence patterns, which created diversity and depth in my designs.

As a printed textiles designer, I aim to create prints, which are unique yet, contemporary and those, which are in line with the current trends. I use surface techniques such as foiling and flocking sensitively to accent areas of my design and also to give my pieces a finishing touch. I enjoy layering textures and linear drawing, creating contrast between two elements aids my design and ‘Beneath the Surface’ captures the principles of print, scale and placement being considered to create interesting pieces, which fit the market they are designed for.

Beneath the surface being a collection designed for A/W 2017, I was influenced by the designer Jenny Packham, her A/W 2016 collection using sophisticated grey tones with hints of purple and yellow became the basis for my colour palette hence I chose rich grey tones with accents of purple and yellow to create dimension and variety in the collection.

I would love to have a career in designing fashion prints and maybe one day having my own establishment where my designs are made into actual prints on various fashion garments. A long term goal would to be a teacher, teaching the subject of fashion and textiles, supporting future designers and helping their development of creativity and design.

Contact email: chandnichohan1@gmail.com




Daniela Girgenti

Daniela Girgenti also studied BA Textile design specialising in print at Nottingham Trent University:

My graduate collection originated from my experience working in New York; being emerged with the culture, exploring unseen urban surroundings. I find Inspiration in materials and the interaction between surfaces. My prints depict bold combination of colour with a minimal sporty aesthetic.

Incorporating engraved perspex and digitally printed fabric created a collaboration for bag designs, which were seen down the graduate NTU fashion catwalk and my personal degree show, this inspired my love for contemporary materials and working with accessories.

My year in the industry has shown me that i want to keep gaining more skills and develop my design style with in the fashion industry and the end goal to have my own studio also emerging myself into different cultural experiences from other countries.

Daniela enjoys designing prints and wants to keep doing just that.

Contact Daniela: dgirgenti@hotmail.co.uk

And see more of her work on Instagram: @daniela.designs and her website here.


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Ila Burton

I have just completed A-level Textiles at Strode College, Somerset and will be moving on to the Art Foundation Course in September.

My inspirations come from people, places and things around me, I like to translate my designs into print and then construct the fabric into actual garments using my own fabric as a personal response. The first design below, for example, was inspired by my photographs of light reflections and shadows through a chandelier.

I will be taking a pattern-cutting course during the summer holidays. My intentions are to apply to university next year to study fashion. My aspirations are to carry on creating garments for myself and others, whilst honing my textiles skills and learning new ones.

Contact email: burtonila53@gmail.com

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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.

Liberty London: Autumn Winter Wonderland

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By Sarah Glyn-Woods – designandcolour@gmail.com



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.


Mary Katranzou

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.

Graduate Feature: Animal Instinct



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 our second last week of our graduate summer special, we take a look at three students who use animals and nature in their collections.

Erika Ophelia

Erika Ophelia studied BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Print at University for the Creative Arts (UCA Rochester):

My concept ‘Urban Jungle’ is a statement looking at the controversial issues surrounding animals and the way that some human activities can have a negative effect on the natural world. I touched on different topics including nature pollution and deforestation. I have illustrated the relationship between humans and wildlife by using images of both man-made structures and portraits of animals. The goal of my collection was to ultimately create an osmosis between my photography and drawings similar to that between the animal and human world.

Aspirations: Drawing has always been a passion of mine and I hope to build a career in print design and illustration. Ideally I would love to have my own company that creates prints that can be used across a variety of surfaces including fashion and also interior.

Contact Erika: erikaopheliadesigns@gmail.com

And see more of her work on Instagram: @eopheliadesign

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Kirsten Inglis

Kirsten Inglis, from Leeds College of Art, has a fascination for natural history:

I created a range of wallpapers that explore how the philosophies of scientific illustration can be translated into home interiors. The collection seeks to represent animal behaviours through my illustrations and the uses of special binders and inks. My aim is to inspire and encourage an appreciation of the beauty of nature through innovative uses of surface design.

I would like to work towards becoming a senior designer, creating innovative prints and patterns for wallpaper.

Contact email: kirsteninglis@gmail.com

Instagram @: kirsteninglis


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Catriona Kitching

Catriona Kitching studied BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design and Cleveland College of Art and Design:

Her inspirations include summer colours, animals and their texture and detail markings. Catriona aspires to be a freelance designer for fashion print.

Contact: catriona1993@hotmail.co.uk

Instagram: catrionalouisedesigns

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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.