Introducing khaki, tabacco, teals and spice colours into prints with a more abstract approach to camouflage, skins, painterly effects, toiles and florals.
Authentic fine art replicas from Allyson McDermott’s archive.
The concept of ‘Chinese’ wallpapers originally came not from the East but from 18th Century Europe, with its passion for all things Oriental. Whether printed or hand painted, they brought an explosion of jewel-rich colour and naturalistic design to the smartest 18th Century walls. Chinoiserie hit yet another fashion peak in the 19th Century, inspired by The Royal Pavilion in Brighton and some of most opulent wall decorations ever seen.
Allyson McDermott has restored many important examples of 18th and 19th Century hand painted Chinoiserie papers in locations including The Royal Pavilion and Belvoir Castle… Inspired by these, she has now launched her own collection of authentic fine art replicas, recreated from her studio archive.
The Kings Suite, Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire / Tim Stephen
Printed to order in Allyson’s Gloucestershire studio, they use water based pigment inks and the highest quality acid free ‘Kozo’, a specialist traditional oriental paper. Capturing all the charm and subtlety of the hand painted originals, her Chinoiserie wallpapers and panels are individually produced to order, in bespoke sizes and colours. The finish too is bespoke, ranging from ‘as new’ to gently faded and distressed, giving an authentically antique look.
Allyson has restored many important examples of 18th and 19th Century hand painted Chinoiserie papers in locations including The Royal Pavilion and Belvoir Castle, etc. Inspired by these, she has now launched her own collection of authentic fine art replicas, recreated from her studio archive. Gingko Garden available to order.
Chinese Garden – Available to Order
All images and content provided by Allyson McDermott
Please visit for further information and greater fascination: http://www.allysonmcdermott.com/chinoiserie
Forget colour blocking, now it’s all about the pattern blocking!
Why choose one print when you can have two? Kitri Studio have combined bold naive florals with statement polka dots to bring a fresh take on this season’s hottest trend: patchwork prints!
Rixo collection mixing florals and polka dots. Weather it’s a dress or styled with a skirt and top the trend for ‘pre-clashing clothes’ and pattern blocking is building up force.
Mixing Polka dots and florals from high end designers to high street. Above are some examples from ASOS and Richard Quinn.
On the A/W 2018 catwalk the half and half print was popular with Marni and in their Spring/Summer 2019 collection Sacai combined different clashing prints within garments.
Marni a/w 2018 on Vogue.co.uk
Richard Quinn Spring 2019 Ready To Wear on Vogue.co.uk
Sacai s/s 2019 on Vogue.co.uk
Wanting to bring some energy into your interior spaces?
Well, here are some trend-led Print suggestions from SUBLITEX.
‘In an era of uncertainty, political instability and environmental problems, we satisfy our need for optimism, escapism and creativity with playful activities. Playing helps us find meaning in the midst of chaos’
‘People escape everyday life by creating futuristic worlds. They engage with a technology that enables them to have deeper, more sustainable experiences in daily life. The result is digital tactility’
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.
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
Lost for a gift this festive season? Here are some of the best printed cushions we could find on the web to suit everyone’s budget. With retail struggling there are some real bargains to be had.
Left to right – Ikea, FÖREMÅL Cushion cover plus inner, Ikea.com, Dunelm, Blue Watercolour Stripe Cushion, dunelm.com
Left to right – M&S, Velvet Statement Floral Square Cushion, marksandspencer.com, Habitat, Topsy Yellow Cushion, habitat.com
Left to right – Ted Baker, Orchid Wonderland Piped Feather, houseoffraser.co.uk
Left to right – Marimekko, Veljekset cushion cover marimekko.com, Voyage Maison Galatea Heather Cushion, turnbullandthomas.co.uk/
Left to right – John Lewis & Partners, Java Cushion, Johnlewis.com, Graham and Brown, Chelsea Pink Floral Cushion, Houseoffraser.co.uk
Left to right – Anthropologie, Ollie Rabbit Cushion, Johnlewis.com, Timorous Beasties, Eastern Smudge Damask Cushion
Left to right – Designers Guild, Arjuna Leaf Cushion, johnlewis.com, Heal’s, Colour Block by Susi Bellamy’s vibrant block design, Heals.com
£100.00 or more
Left to right – Timorous Beasties, Honey Bee Cushion, timorousbeasties.com, Timorous Beasties, Marble Damask Cushion, timorousbeasties.com
Left to right – Hampton Hex Velvet Cushion, Blackpop.co.uk, Fresco – Velvet Cushion
Left to right – Christian Lacroix, Birds Sinfonia Crepuscule Cushion, Amara.com, Le Curieux Cushion
Left to right – Designers Guild, Kashmiri Cushion, Cobalt, Johnlewis.com, Tema e Variazioni Cushion, Amara.com
Prairie perfection, playful pattern and total floral overload. Let us introduce to you New York based ready to wear brand Batsheva. We stumbled across this gorgeous brand from various bloggers, it seems to be the must have maxi this season.
Former lawyer Batsheva Hay started playing around designing matching clothes for her and her daughter back in 2016. Gaining lots of attention from the fashion industry, she soon decided to start a business from this. Laura Ashley inspired, her collections celebrate femininity in the boldest way. Ditsy florals, lace trims and ruffles, the styles hark back to the 60’s and 70’s but injected with modern and updated finishes and prints.
Not only do the brand cater for all your feminine needs, but they also create beautiful dresses for girls. We love the way they have been shot with the oversized shoes and the funny wigs, straight out of the dressing up box.
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