Liberty London Collaborations 2016

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Alannah Messett –

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


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

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



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.


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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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.



Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram (@theprintaffair) for more print inspiration.

London Edge Show

London, September 2015.


The Edge show was full of quirky looks and Alice came along to see what was bubbling under in alternative fashion. The UK is known for eccentricities in design and a strong youth culture hungry to look different yet held together by fashion cults. Whether you were a Goth, Vamp, a Rock Chick or a 1950s Pin Up clone, here was a show to cover broader fashion tastes than that of the high street chains.

50’s Rock-a-billy conversationals

Cupcake Cult and Dolly & Dotty

Cupcake Cult and Dolly & Dotty


Vintage dress looks


Modern takes on old themes

Victory Parade

Victory Parade

Iron Fist

Iron Fist

Tattoos and Bikers



Jeffrey Campbell

Jeffrey Campbell

Hell Bunny and Iron Fist

Hell Bunny and Iron Fist

Sublitex is probably most well known in the UK fashion market recently as the originator of the Cartoon print. We sold over 250,000 metres of this design in 12 months and it is still active today.


This design was popular in so many markets but especially with the younger alternative fashion sector.

Introducing Rhianna Ellington

We love finding new talent at The Print Affair, and on a recent visit to All Bar One, we spotted the beautiful prints on their new menus.

These were by none other than textiles and surface pattern designer, Rhianna Ellington. We fell in love with the brightly contrasted fruity print.



Rhianna is based in the United Kingdom and is a Leeds College of Art graduate in printed textiles and surface pattern design. Her designs are fun and bright, in a range of mediums from menus and phone cases to bikinis and clothes.

Rhianna’s been busy since graduating in 2013, and has collaborated with many different brands.

This includes Motel, the vintage-inspired, quirky clothing brand, who also fell for Rhianna’s bold, tropical prints. In her first collaboration with Motel, they have produced different swimwear styles in one of her tropical leaf prints.



Rhianna experiments with contrast and colour. This shows in her work with Baggu, a company based in New York. Baggu make high quality bags and their collaboration with Rhianna produced printed leather pouches in two funky prints.

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See more of Rhianna’s work on her website, where her first in-house exclusive collection is available to buy. She is also available for one-off commissions.

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Sublitex exhibit at The London Textile Fair


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The Business Design Centre, Islington

July 15th & 16th 2015

Sublitex decided to exhibit at the London Textile Fair this July for the first time. This was held in the former Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington, a marvellous 1862 glass building formerly used to display the best in breed of farm animals. Coming up the escalators this wonderful window glints to reveal the former use of this building.


The Team


Sarah from Design and Colour Ltd, Alice, Chiara, Laura and Ettore from Sublitex Miroglio.

Sublitex were showing the Autumn Winter 2015 Fast Fashion Collection plus previewing the new Spring Summer 2016.



Alice as always is the living proof of exciting surface pattern design and manages the UK Fast Fashion collections for Sublitex.



Meeting and discussing with fellow studios

One of the great things about fairs is seeing what is happening outside your own focus area. At this show there was much interest in the studios showing Archive textile designs. There was broad interest from the Arts and Crafts looks that translate so well in to the Woodstock BoHo themes to 1970s Florals and Geometrics of the 1960s.


Frostdrop Vintage

Check out their instagram at @Frostdrop_Vintage.

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Vintage influences were also evident from the Studios.

Longina Phillips



Beyond The Skies: Heather Roberts:

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Blogs to Follow

We were so inspired by the creative people we met. We would recommend that you look at Pattern Bank’s blog, who teamed up with the fair to curate the Autumn/Winter 16/17 trend forum areas.

A new favourite blog of ours is from Longina Phillips – their ‘Friday Faves’ are always on trend.

These studios have trends online that are regularly being updated and are truly useful and inspiring.

All photographs from The London Textile Fair by Alannah Messett.

All things vintage: Alannah visits Jemporium


A few weeks ago, I visited my favourite vintage shop, Jemporium in Cambridge. It’s an absolute treasure trove of vintage delights. I talked to Jenny, the owner, about vintage trends, Mad Men, and her top tips for vintage shopping!




Prints are huge when it comes to vintage shopping. Aztec prints have been non-stop since last summer, Jenny tells me, as well as tie-dye and abstract, geometric colours (mostly found on 80s sportswear!). Animals and tropical prints are also in for summer.

Paisley, polka dots and Breton stripes are classic favourites, and who could forget about the lovely floral prints that fill the rails?!

The most popular brands are Levi’s (obviously), as well as sports brands such as Adidas and Nike. “Mostly, though, people focus mainly on colours, trends and prints for their vintage needs,” Jenny says.

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Seventies and Mad Men

Following our post from Mad Men, I asked Jenny about the popularity of the 60s/70s. Luckily, she’d just had a huge delivery come in full of amazing dresses and kimonos, as well as boho suede and fringing.





I actually ended up buying this dress, and received so many compliments!

Kimonos galore!





70s Boho



Jenny’s top tips for shopping vintage:

  • Try on EVERYTHING! As sizes always vary, and things look different on the hanger.
  • Use your imagination – mix and matching makes for the best outfits.
  • Mix high street staples with vintage prints.
  • Accessorize – small details make outfits complete.


A huge thank you to Jenny at Jemporium for letting me pick her brain on all things vintage.

Click here to check out Jemporium’s website.

Photos copyright Alannah Messett.