Steele Her Style

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By Alannah Messett – designandcolour@gmail.com

In Bello Mag’s 118th issue, their cover story was YouTube sensation and model Amanda Steele, shot by the amazing photography duo Sosa & Art. The print inspired story features fashion by Gucci, Zimmerman and Mary Katrantzou. See more photographs and read the interview HERE.

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April Celebrity Style

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By Alannah Messett – designandcolour@gmail.com

With Coachella, MTV’s Music Awards, the Game of Thrones premiere and many more red carpet events, we bring you our favourite prints from April’s celebrities.

Kate Middleton

The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant on her tour of India with William, with a range of stunning dresses. As the couple arrived in Mumbai, Kate wowed in a red Alexander McQueen printed paisley dress.

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Another of our favourites has to be this light, flowing tunic dress by popular Indian designer Anita Dongre, which Kate wore while playing cricket in Mumbai. The dress is a beautiful balance of classic and contemporary.

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Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams wore a floral mini dress by Dolce and Gabbana as she promoted Spotlight in Tokyo. The bold colours against the black background make this the perfect party dress inspiration for warmer nights.

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Kiernan Shipka

American actress Kiernan Shipka attended Revolve’s ‘Desert House’ event at Coachella with a pretty ‘Tapestry Garden’ dress from Rebecca Taylor’s Spring 2016 Collection. Pairing the girly dress with trainers gives an edgier vibe. Look out for more Coachella and festival inspiration on the blog soon.

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Emilia Clarke

Oversized florals are a new trend and Emilia Clarke shows us how it’s done in a stunning strapless Erdem dress, at the Game of Thrones L.A. premiere.

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Natalie Portman

At the opening ceremony of the Beijing International Film Festival, Natalie Portman glowed in a printed Dior floor-length dress. The speckled print of the dress ensured Natalie stood out on the red carpet.

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Summer Prints

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As we come into the warmer months, everybody is looking for that perfect outfit for their balls, proms and summer events. Here are some of our top picks out there right now with beautiful Sublitex prints.

Jessica Wright for Lipsy

This dress is a pastel dream, and is perfect for Spring events. The peek of the shoulder is bang on trend.

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Quiz have a lovely selection of floral designs to stand out from the crowd.

Pink Clove

Pink Clove have a great range of designs for sizes 16-28. This classic floral print can be worn day and night!

Love at Topshop

This stylish printed dress by Love is perfect for a day out at the races or a wedding. Pair with nude heels and a khaki green bag to bring out the deeper colours of the dress. Find this green and gold clutch also at Topshop, and patent nude heels at Office.

Cameo Rose at New Look

For a pretty, girly look, this simple floral Cameo Rose dress is your go to outfit. Perfect for a BBQ in the sun (if you’re lucky!).

Boohoo

For a more casual, boho look, Boohoo have many choices. Our favourites are this bright shift dress, the perfect base for layering up on colder evenings. Pair with tan heeled sandals from Office for an instant style update.

A strappy, floral playsuit is a must for your summer wardrobe, especially one with a ditsy print as adorable as this!

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This playsuit is perfect to dress down for a casual day in the sun, or to dress up for a Spring wedding or event.

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All pictures from sellers’ websites.

Little House of Hackney

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By Alannah Messett – designandcolour@gmail.com

“Inspire your little ones with interiors and childrenswear reminiscent of nature, exotic travels and storybook narratives.”

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House of Hackney London, a British brand championing inspiring prints, has finally released a children’s collection. The collection includes fabric, wallpaper, clothing and home accessories. Prints include work from the brand’s own studio as well as from Charles Voysey’s archives, an English architect and textile designer. HoH has also teamed up with London-based childrenswear brand La Coqueta to create the clothing range.

Collections: Voysey’s Garden

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Voysey’s Garden is a floral, whimsical print, reworked from the V&A’s archives to include a Victorian stripe. The designers had a contemporary children’s nursery in mind. Voysey first created the print in 1926, with British plants, insects and birds.

Alice in Wonderland

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In Wonderland is another print adapted from C.F.A. Voysey’s V&A archives. The fun, colourful print, first made in the 1920s, depicts well-loved Alice In Wonderland characters. The pattern has been reworked with a gingham background for a more contemporary feel.

Palmeral

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One of HoH’s most well-known prints, Palmeral, ‘pays homage to Loddiges, one of the world’s largest palm houses based in Hackney during the Georgian period.’ It’s been used in many of their collections, and now is ready for children to be stylish in summer.

Animal Prints

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Little HoH also uses sweet animal prints, evoking childlike wonder for the natural world. Most of these are available across the interiors collection.

 

All pictures from House of Hackney London website. See the full range here.

Autumn/Winter Collections 2016/17

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By Alannah Messett – designandcolour@gmail.com

We are throwing it back to a few weeks ago to when Fashion Month was dominating our social medias. We have put together our favourite prints from the shows in the fashion capitals, including flirty florals, tapestries and bold graphics.

New York

Alice + Olivia

Alice + Olivia, as usual, was all about the 70s vibes. We were ready for the disco lights, with psychedelic shapes and flared silhouettes. Bold, colourful prints are always a winner in our eyes!

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Diane Von Furstenberg

Another designer influenced by the 70s, DVF used pretty floral prints and subtly flattering shapes and lines.

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Paris

Miu Miu

Miu Miu was full of rich floral tapestry designs in heavier fabrics – a big trend to come in the colder months.

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London

Duro Olowu

Duro Olowu has created another print-filled collection. He has remained an expert at clashing prints and bright colours.

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Milan

Emilio Pucci

Bold graphic prints filled Pucci’s catwalk with geometric shapes and hints of camouflage. Bright reds and blues seemed to be the favourite colour match.

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Salvatore Ferragamo

More bold prints from Salvatore Ferragamo – sharp zig-zags and stripes are paired with monochrome and sweet candy colours.

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Imprints of Culture: Block Printed Textiles of India

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By Alannah Messett – designandcolour@gmail.com

At Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University.

The recent exhibition at Bonington Gallery explored the production and use of Indian block prints, and how they differ in different areas of India. The exhibition was fascinating and the textiles were a marvel to look at. Textiles, clothes, printing blocks and even the dyeing process was on display.

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Western India: Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh

The exhibition talked about one of the most important areas for block printing. There are a few groups of artisans still active, including a small enclave of Rangrez at Astodia Darwarja, who are roghan printers. Chitaras are another group, who live and work in Vasna. ‘They combine painting and block printing to create ritual cloths known as mata-ni-pachedi (cloth of the mother goddess) and mata-no-chandarvo (canopy of the mother goddess)’. These are used to create improvised shrines for goddess worship, ‘especially during the Hindu festival of Navratri’.

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Mata-ni-pachedi (cloth of the mother goddess) painted and block printed with natural colours, by Jayantibhai Chitara, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

 

In Western Gujarat where India borders Pakistan there is a desert area called Kachchh district. Here, block printing and dyeing is dominated by Khatris (hereditary artisans). One of the best known textiles made by Khatris is ajrakh. ‘Dyed with natural colours, ajrakh features complex geometric and floral patterns – figurative imagery being proscribed in the Quran’. Here are two examples:

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Ajrakh mihrab block printed and dyed with natural colours by Irfan Anwar Khatri, Ajrakhpur, Kachchh, Gujarat

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Ajrakh gajji (satin) length block printed and dyed with natural colours by Abduljabbar M. Khatri, Dhamadka, Kachchh, Gujarat

Ajrakh Dyeing Process

The exhibition included a detailed description of the ajkrah dyeing process, including printing the outlines of the design in an iron paste and dyeing the cloth in different baths, using indigo (known as Bodaw) or in red (known as Rang). There are extra steps taken after the Ajrakh process for Minakari, to achieve the depth of colour, and Green Ajrakh.

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Example of the dyeing process

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Floral design batik print, cotton, block printed and dyed with chemical colours by Shakil Khatri, Rainbow Textiles, Mundra, Kachchh, Gajarat.

North West India: Rajasthan

Block printing in Rajasthan had declined until it was revived in the 1970s. Anokhi, John and Faith Singh’s company, helped with this and is known around the world. ‘Anokhi has continued to sustain production of traditional regional styles while also producing modern prints for fashion and soft furnishings’.

Sanganer ‘was known for highly refined syahi begar textiles that were favoured by the royal court’. Now, they are better known for screen printing. Bagru, a city near Jaipur, is known for dabu prints, using dabu mud as ‘a printed resist and build up multi-coloured designs by repeatedly resist-printing and dyeing’.

Med Resist

A recent innovation, med resist is made from tar mixed with edible oil (peanut, soya etc) and gum from the berja plant, and is unique to the village of Akola in southern Rajasthan.

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Med (tar) resist print from Akola, Rajasthan

Blocks used for printing Buti designs, typical of Jaipur, Sanganer and Bagru in Rajasthan. The designs are engraved on hard wood by specialist block makers in Sanganer. The wood shown here is sisam (rosewood).

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Photos by Alannah Messett. All quotes and information from the exhibition.

February Celebrity Style

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By Alannah Messett – designandcolour@gmail.com

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.

The Brits

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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.

Liberty London Collaborations 2016

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Liberty always collaborates with the most creative brands and so far 2016 has been no exception.

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Liberty have teamed up with the innovative fashion brand Uniqlo to create approximately a 30 piece collection, full of floral wonders. The collection includes menswear, womenswear and childrenswear. The design team at Uniqlo delved deep into Liberty’s archives for prints, looking for patterns to suit their modern designs – bringing past and future together. The bold, bright photographs were shot by none other than Nick Knight.

“We have selected highly popular, vibrant floral patterns from among the Liberty prints” – Yukihiro Katsuta, head of research and design at Uniqlo (from Vogue.co.uk)

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The collection will be available from Friday March 18th in both stores and online.

Nike

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Liberty have had a long standing collaboration with Nike and have recently dropped their second lot of this season’s #NikeXLiberty collection. The collection has recoloured and rescaled Liberty London’s Cameo print (which first appeared in 1933!) onto trainers and different athletics wear.

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Meri Meri Party

Inject some fun into any occasion with the new party collection from Meri Meri and Liberty. The collection includes paper plates, cupcake kits and party hats in classic Liberty floral prints such as the Betsy and Poppy & Daisy prints.

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Photos from liberty.co.uk

Grenson

Liberty and Grenson, two iconic British companies, have collaborated to create classic Grenson style shoes with a Liberty twist, using the Tana Lawn print in two colour ways.

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