Every wardrobe needs a bold printed piece, whether it's a flirty Ikat skirt or an animal-print accessory. Here’s our pick of printed must-haves.
Prints and patterns make a smashing comeback for the spring-summer season this year, playing centre stage on tailored trousers, slim-fit pants, maxidresses and shirts. Flirty and feminine, yet packing a punch of fun, prints can lift a look from drab to fab in an instant.
Floral prints are a definite mainstay this season. The newest sensations are spotted adorning handbags, jackets and trousers. All-time favourite and spring's popular symbol, the flower, is displayed in a variety of unique and creative ways. Floral motifs were showcased with a ruffly bonanza in Stella McCartney's shows, while mixed floral prints were highlighted at those of Michael Kors, Luca Luca and Richard Chai Love. Spotted, too, on A-line maxidresses and skirts, floral prints are the perfect way to celebrate summer in style.
Primal and tribal prints
Making a bold and fresh new entry for spring/summer fashion, these prints are everywhere! Almost every designer includes some exotic influences in their collection nowadays. From tribal earrings and statement necklaces to ruffled blouses, maxidresses and trousers, tribal fashion is a hit sensation this summer. Bold ethnic patterns are also popping up everywhere in the form of jazzy Ikat prints. Ikat, being of Asian origin, means to tie or bind, and provides the inspiration for some traditional woven prints in everything from scarves to dresses.
This season, graphic prints and patterns were also re-invented. Bold graphic prints made their way down the catwalk not only on shirts, but also on dramatic full-length dresses. The shift dress and printed trench-coat dress replicate one of the hottest trends of upcoming season. We’ll see prints with incredible detail and luxurious textures and in bright, rich colours.
Whether you’re rocking vivid florals on your maxidress, fierce animal prints on your handbag or gaudy geometrics and bold digitally manipulated prints on your jacket – you can’t go wrong with printed fashion.