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After a steaming week of heat it seems appropriate to look at trends for next year.

There is a definite 1980’s feel going on here and we look forward to wearing unfeasible large metal or colourful plastic earrings with this look. Will big hair and heated rollers be back, as I do not think I have the time these days. Oh for the odour of Ambre Solaire mingled with Elnett Hairspray.

To contrast there are some really elegant florals prints, some with lovely vibrant birds, laid out as all overs, placements or borders. These require a big brimmed finely woven straw hat, mysteriously large sun glasses and made up in loose garments in which one can waft nonchalantly around Antibes.

May Celebrity Style

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By Alannah Messett – designandcolour@gmail.com

Fashionistas wowed at the Met Gala and Rihanna is our style icon in this month of print.

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The pop star was spotted shopping in NYC in a beautiful Moroccan inspired kaftan by Dolce & Gabbana. We also love that colourful bag!

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Rihanna is our print-queen this month as she steps out a few days later in New York in a floral dress by Adam Selman. The light colours make this the perfect dress to shop in for summer.

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Taylor Swift

The blonde bombshell rocked a checked Louis Vuitton dress and boots while staying in New York pre-Met Gala.

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Dakota Johnson

Dakota was out of this world in a starry, lace dress by Gucci. Her dress was just one take on this year’s theme of the Gala: Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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Willow Smith

The 15-year-old was stunning in a bespeckled coat, with a matching top and black high waisted trousers. The whole look was Chanel, whom Willow is an ambassador for. The look was simple but effective, ensuring Willow stood out from the crowds of gowns.

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Blake Lively

The Gossip Girl star arrived in a soft pink chiffon gown by Burberry. Burberry have said the dress was custom-designed and was made of “blush pink silk organza, accented with hand-dyed and sewn perspex petals.”

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NEW YORK, NY – MAY 02: Blake Lively arrives for the “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Elizabeth Olsen

At a special screening of Captain America: Civil War in New York, Elizabeth wore a stunning floral Dolce & Gabbana gown. The bold, bright dress is perfect for a Summer night.

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Summer Home Furnishing Design by Sublitex

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Inspired by 5 key themes, this summer SUBLITEX present a NEW collection of Prints for Interiors. Designs to suit any scheme from the ‘NATURAL’ to the ‘BOLD & DECORATIVE’. Visit Sublitex.com.

Here is a taster…

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Soft and Earthy Textures

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Bold and Contemporary Geometrics

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Colourful & Artistic designs celebrating Traditional craft

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Fresh Summer-time, Botanical forms

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Rich, Modern Elegance

February Celebrity Style

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February was a busy month for fashion, with big events like the BRITs and the Oscars filling our screens, as well as New York and London Fashion Weeks. Here are our favourite looks from the past month.

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Lana Del Rey wore a Spring inspired floral dress from Monique Lhuillier’s Resort collection.

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Model Tali Lennox looked gorgeous in a Dolce and Gabbana co-ord set with the classic daisy print.

Fashion Week

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Fashionista Olivia Palermo was bohemian chic in a Burberry printed dress, outside their A/W16 show in Kensington Gardens.

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Dianna Agron exuded sophistication in a delicate Erdem number at the label’s AW16 show. The soft background colours enhance the floral drama of the dress.

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We love Jourdan Dunn in this printed floral playsuit outside the Topshop Unique AW16 – perfect Spring wardrobe inspiration.

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Lottie Moss, Kate’s not-so-little sister, wowed at the Temperley London AW16 Show in Lindley Hall in a printed jumpsuit and scarf.

Fast Fashion Spring Summer 2016

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Last week Sublitex launched a fabulous new collection of print designs for Fast Fashion Spring Summer 2016 in their offices at Dock Leicester.
The collection was diverse including gigantic digital placement prints of realistic and beautifully drawn flowers, vintage themes including Arts and Craft designs, catwalk inspired looks, and much, much more. There was an overall impression of femininity and optimism.

 

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The colours were to die for, whether sophisticated grounds of french navy, deep teals and silver greys to the prettiest pinks, mints, lavenders and soft blues. Customers were delighted to see a new direction that was exciting and fresh.

 

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Catwalk inspired looks

The print market in 2015 has been, for the most part, boring and stagnant. Many High Street retailers have shown rather cheap and nasty imported prints poorly conceived and executed. There has been little delicacy or subtleties in design, just piles of the same old aztec geometrics and blotchy florals with the occasional digital print to cheer us up.

The new Sublitex collection became even more exciting as everyone could see a way to break free from this mould. We cannot wait to see these prints in the stores next Spring.

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SS16 Review: Our favourite prints

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Mary Katrantzou

In SS16, the designer’s collection was as enchanting as ever. Jewel tones on light, sparkling party dresses glistened on the catwalk. Sweet floral prints linked the different designs together, with complicated blends of embellishment, print and embroidered pieces. Even the shoes had beautiful prints!

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Stripes and tropical floral prints were our favourites at this show. Colour was also prominent as always with Saunders – vivid reds sat alongside blush pinks and nudes. Silhouettes were inspired by the oriental – kimonos, wraps and off the shoulder dresses.

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Peter Pilotto

The pair behind the brand, Christopher de Vos and Peter Pilotto, are known for their quirky digital prints. Pastel dreams walked the runway with geometric yet feminine prints.

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Photo credit: Daisy Walker, dazeddigital.com

Etro

One of our new favourites, Etro’s show was a bohemian dream. Their luxurious prints are paired with soft shapes and layers in this collection, titled ‘Nomadic Garden’ – a fairytale fit for the FROW. It appears this romantic, boho style is sticking around for the next few seasons, and we are very happy about that!

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And we love these incredible backstage photographs of Etro by Sonny Vandevelde, showing the movement of the collection. See more of his work here.

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Predictions for Spring/Summer 2016

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For Spring/Summer 2016 florals are very feminine and romantic. The prints have a vintage feel with dusty shades of nude, blush, buttery yellow, corn flower and lilacs on soft ivory, cream and silver grey grounds.

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The flowers, whether spaced blooms, mixed sizes or bobbin sized heads, appear to have been lovingly laundered and worn. Whether painterly or a botanical rendition the edges are soft and have the feeling of having been well loved.

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Leafy tropicals with an urban twist are less obvious and coloured in a more muted palette as camouflages, sometimes with a pop of colour.

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A move on from the tile print theme is the geometric wood block print whose imperfections and soft edges compliment the universal feeling of a more delicate and less obvious print. There is a predominance of blues with pastel highlights.

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Spring/Summer Floral Trends 2015

Here are some of our Spring/Summer floral trends for this year.

Please click on an image to enlarge it, and enjoy scrolling through!