Introducing khaki, tabacco, teals and spice colours into prints with a more abstract approach to camouflage, skins, painterly effects, toiles and florals.
Lightness, fluidity and femininity – the story for Dior’s most recent collection. Muted tones bleeding into more saturated hues, the collection of beautifully executed tie dye prints has really put Dior back on the map as a leading originator of print trend.
Photos: Courtesy of Dior
Sublitex have an extensive library of tie dye prints that they have coloured to reflect the colour trend exploited by Dior.
Last year we were all fruity and this year we are re- visiting the British favourite flying insect. The look ranges from very realistic groups, diaphanous more abstract clouds, botanical to a more folkorique approach. Whatever your preference Sublitex have looks suitable for blouses through to the staple holiday maxi dress.
Founders 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
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.
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.
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
AW18 Studio 54
AW18 Disco Daze
Rixo separate their products on their website by print stories which is great if the print is the main focus of your garment.
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Pronounced “twall Der J’oui”
not Ju – eee or Joo
Toile meaning linen or cotton canvas
Jouy as in the place Jouy-en-Josasin France where they first started using gravure copper plates over wooden blocks to print fine line pastoral scenes in single colours onto off white ground fabrics for home furnishings including wall and drapery fabric.
This is a strong new trend where the original version is now open to a more modern interpretation. This includes the introduction of more coloursand less pastoral scenes including tropical foliage, birds and chinoiserie. Sublitex have a variety of styles and in some cases the same design in different sizes. The print can be simple and monochromatic or jazzed up with a bit of texture to look more antiquated and vintage or some bolder multi – colours introduced.
Try and pronounce this correctly as explained above as there are so many mis-understandings in our industry as to the correct name and pronunciation.
Re-posting and up dating due to popular demand, Pastels, Indigos, multi or monochrome.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
As many of us emerge from the annual holiday hibernation our minds leap frog over the prospect of Spring Summer 2019 and turn towards planning our collections for Pre Fall 2019. The Print Affair are here to offer you our favourite prints from the shows to quick start the process. Happy New Year to you all and welcome back!
Rusty ochres and earthy hues to compliment, the Ulla Johnson collection is a sophisticated colour palette with beautiful feminine prints. We love the wall covering chosen for the shoot as much as the fashion prints, complimenting the fresh vintage twist.
With a varied collection of prints, Carolina Herrera combines animal, illustrated blooms and ditsies all in one. Pinks and burgundies are constants throughout keeping the colourpalette pretty and great for transitional months.
Chloe have returned with a feminine winter BoHo look, typical of the French fashion house. The collection includes Sarasa and pretty florals entrenched with paisley, a great combination for the winter season.
La Double J
Featured earlier in the year on The Print Affair, Italian brand La Double J have now become a highlight in the fashion week schedule. Bold colours and psychedelic pattern, the fashion brand certainly inject fun into the pre fall 19 season. Sumptuous wall paper here again!
3.1 Phillip Lim
Phillip Lim is bringing back the art of the conversational print. Patterns feeling very loose and hand drawn, this is an exciting new trend to watch for the upcoming season.
Versace return with their inimitable bold style: Animal combinations of every kind, chains, baroque style; the collection is instantly recognizable. The dark runway show made the prints stand out even more
Oscar De La Renta
The Oscar De La Renta Spring collection which had Moroccan and Indian influences went down amazingly with critics and it is great to see that they have amplified the same mood in their autumn collection. Rich textures and colours make this show decedent with bold ornate print statements.
All images from Vogue.com