There is no denying the prints revolution, so pick your favourite and wear it with utmost confidence.
Amidst all the solid brights, head-to-toe white and fashion’s ongoing love affair with neutrals is this season’s prints explosion. Fruits, leopard, bold stripes, dots, floral – no pattern was too much. Dress, trousers, blouses, bikinis – no item of clothing was left unprinted. The earliest surviving examples of printed cloth date back to 220 AD China, but with the development of screen-printing and digital printing, we are living in a truly fashionably modern age where anything is possible.
Look no further than the S/S 2011 runway shows, which gave us one of the widest ranges of prints in years. Leopard, python and polka dots prevailed at Givenchy, Roberto Cavalli and Moschino. Alexander McQueen captivated with butterflies. Gareth Pugh went optic. Even über-minimalist Akris paraded large florals to stunning effect. But the most talked-about prints of the season have to be those most often associated with Carmen Miranda. Stella McCartney opted for a grove of citrus fruits on loosely structured separates and thigh-high slit dresses. And the fashion pack literally went bananas for Prada’s banana prints. Everyone from over-the-top Anna Dello Russo to under-the-radar Anna Wintour has already donned the bold designs.
If all of the above seems too obvious, Mary Katrantzou is quickly becoming the queen of quirky prints – this season it was house interiors on dresses and coming this autumn, objects d’art prove the major inspiration. Meanwhile, Marco Zanini put Françoise Sagan quotes and paintings by a Swedish artist on his gowns at S/S 2011 Rochas. But whatever you choose, the key to prints this season is to either clash them with confidence or let one daring print dominate the look. So break out of the monotone cycle and embrace prints with panache!