Thursday, October 23, 2014

MFW Runway in Review

Everyone in fashion knows that if you want quality and craftsmanship you look to Italy. The same goes for print design, and no one does it like the Italians! With their love of bold color and print mixing, paired with their classic technique, Milan Fashion Week is always something to look forward to. 

Designers (left to right)- Roberto Cavalli, Alberta Ferretti, Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, Fendi,  Roberto Cavalli

Milan gave London a run for it its money this season with a wide array of print mixing that is sure to excite. The mix masters at Cavalli kept things bright and festive with solid stripes with everything from tropicals and animal print to lace, dots and florals. Alberta Feretti went with a softer more feminine approach, with stripes and pink orchids, while Fendi presented a more stylized orchid print mixed with stripes of abstract shapes. 

Designers (left to right)- Gorgio Armani, Salvador Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, Salvador Ferragamo

Unlike in London this season, the animal prints of MFW were very soft and neutral. Ferragamo and Armani showed movement in their skins with swooping lines and color that add to the elegance and sophistication of the beautiful flowing silks they were printed on. Cavalli and Gucci stuck to simplified color and motifs for a more classic look.

Designers (left to right) - Jil Sander, MSGM, Faisto Puglisi, Angelos Bratis, Faisto Puglisi

Milan took a little bit from all of this season's geometric trends. Faisto Puglisi mixed geos of different scale and color while Jil Sander kept to small and tonal shapes. MSGM and Angelos Bratis carried the oversized geo trend forward with large placed geometric motifs.

Designers (left to right) - MSGM, Marni, Max Mara, Bluemarine, Marni

Streamlined florals were all over the runways in Italy, giving the classic feminine print a stylized twist. Marni offered large flat florals with thick outlines in rich color combos while Bluemarine kept things clean with outline only floral motifs. Although they chose contrasting scales, MSGM and Max Mara both stuck to black and white.  

Finally, because we loved the collection so much, we have made a board to exclusively feature the beautiful Spring 2015 prints of Etro. Their perfect summer palettes and eccentric mix of ethnic, paisley and tribal prints made this collection one of our runway favorites.

Please check out our Spring 2015 Pinterest Board for more runway inspiration and check back soon for Paris!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall Prints in the Pages

 This week we are taking a short break from our Spring 2015 Runway in Review to share with you some of our favorite fall editorial prints from fashion magazines around the world! When it comes to trends, the glossy pages never lie and this fall season was full of the best. Here are some of the stand out paisley, decorative floral, texture, geo, and floral prints that inspired us the most.

Olga Maliouk in Etro by Signe Vilstrup for Glamour Italia October 2014

Lera Tribel in Burberry by Tom Allen for Harpers Bazaar UK November 2014

Lera Tribel in Hermes by Tom Allen for Harpers Bazaar UK November 2014
 Leaf Zhang in Kenzo by Mark Pillai for Elle UK November 2014
Sasha Luss & Irina Kravchenko in Giambattista Valli, Roland Mouret and Max Mara by Sølve Sundsbø for Vogue China October 2014
Sasha Luss in Prada by Sølve Sundsbø for Vogue China October 2014
Frankie Rayder in Prada by Terry Tsiolis for Allure Magazine September 2014
Vanessa Axente in Dries Van Noten by Mario Testino for US Vogue October 2014

Check back soon as we continue with our Spring Runway in Review and please check out our Prints in the Pages Pinterest board for more magazine inspiration!

Friday, October 3, 2014

LFW Runway in Review

Move over New York! It's time for our London Fashion Week in Review! Although it is one of the shorter fashion weeks, London didn't disappoint this season and was filled with lots of excitement and whimsy. Many parallels could be seen between the New York and London runways but a few adventurous new trends also emerged.

LFW took a slightly different approach to New York's Oversized Geometrics trend. Hunter, Peter Pilotto, and Preen focused on thick asymmetrically placed stripes in bright color combinations that give a clean sporty vibe while still retaining the fun youthful energy that London is known for. On the other hand, Jonathan Saunders and Toga stuck to large pieced shapes with soft edges and interesting placements. However you interpret it, these bold shapes are here to stay!

Designers (left to right)- Matthew Williamson, Holly Fulton, Julien Macdonald, Temperly London, Holly Fulton

NYFW's Geo Tribe trend also got a funky spin in London. The eccentric Holly Fulton used shiny triangles to create interesting tribal motifs and Matthew Williamson gave it his signature twist with lots of added texture. Julien Macdonald and Temperly London took a more sophisticated approach with dark tonal shapes for a polished look.

Designers (left to right) - Giles, Tom Ford, Emilio de la Morena, Felder Felder, Wayne

Stylish Londoners love their animal prints and this season brought some dramatic new takes on these classic skins. Giles and Emilio de la Morena updated their leopard prints by using geometric cut outs for an edgy graphic look.  Tom Ford and Felder Felder turned to texture and bright candy pastels to spice up their skins. Either way you render it, these prints are sure to bring out your wild side!

Designers (left to right) - Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Mulberry, Preen Line, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

No one mixes prints quite like the Brits! This season the print mix masters behind Preen showed off their skills in both of their collections by proving that putting everything but the kitchen sink in a print (if done properly) can be oh so effortlessly cool. Mulberry also showed us a softer side of this seasons never ending geo trend by weaving in a delicate floral print. 

Please check out our Spring 2015 Pinterest Board for all of this seasons best runway prints and check back soon when move on to Milan!

Monday, September 29, 2014

NYFW Runway in Review- Ethnic, Tribal & Damask

 For our final installment of our NYFW Runway in Review before we move on to London (and then Milan and Paris!) we examined some of this seasons fresh new takes on ethnic, tribal, and damask prints.

Designers (left to right)- Baja East, Custo Barcelona, M Missoni, Herve Leger, Rachel Zoe 

The summer season is all about travel and escaping the monotony of the everyday. Whether you are jet setting around the world or just exploring your own backyard this New Nomad trend will transport any wardrobe to worldly new heights! These exotic summer prints took on a softer, more playful approach this season by incorporating ikat and painterly techniques. Linear layouts and print mixing also contribute to this global bohemian vibe that will cause all urban gypsies to rejoice. 

Designers (left to right) - DKNY, Oswald Helgason, Custo Barcelona, Custo Barcelona, Marissa Web

Geometrics are taking over the New York runways and these Geo Tribe prints are no exception. Unlike New Nomad, these multicultural designs focus on clean shapes and bold layouts. Whether you stick to black and white like DKNY or use this graphic combination to platform pops of fun, bright color like Custo Barcelona this trend is destined to be a festival favorite!

Designers (left to right) - ZAC Zac Posen, M. Patmos, Naeem Khan, Alice + Olivia, Tadashi Shoji

Not everyone has the budget to embroider garments like Naeem Khan or source expensive laces like Tadashi Shoji but who says these one of a kind embellishments can't be interpreted into beautiful prints just as elegant and special as their inspiration? We love looking at embroidered evening gowns and reinterpreting them into sophisticated prints worthy of elevating your favorite t-shirt. This seasons luxurious laces and embellished damask placements were the most inspiring.

  Stay tuned later this week for LFW Runway in Review and be sure to checkout our Spring 2015 Pinterest Board for all of the best prints on the runways (so far)

Friday, September 19, 2014

NYFW Runway in Review - Geos and Textures

Next up in our NYFW edition of our Runway in Review series are geometric and texture prints! 

Designers (left to right) - Ostwald, Thakoon, Sass & Bide, Tory Burch, DKNY, Lela Rose

Geos are officially back and in a BIG way. Many of our favorite New York designers showcased Oversized Geometric prints this runway season. DKNY and Ostwald focused on clean and symmetrically arranged shapes while Tory Burch and Lela Rose paid more attention to bold lines and asymmetry. No matter which way you interpret this graphic trend it is sure to turn some heads!

Designers (left to right) - Lela Rose, ADEAM, ZAC Zac Posen, Suno, Trina Turk, Boss

While Oversized Geometrics made a bold statement on the runways, Shrunken Geos also played a huge role. To add more interest to these simple shapes and tiny repeats many designers pieced two different color ways or scales together for a very sleek look. You can't go wrong with this chic showstopper. 

Designers (left to right) - ADEAM, Tibi, Zoe Jordan, Jason Wu, Donna Karan, Jason Wu

Abstract texture prints have been huge these last few seasons and Spring 2015 will be no exception. Many designers stuck to white grounds and muted palettes but these Bold Strokes are anything but boring! Tibi and Donna Karan used large textured brush stroke placements to add an edge to their feminine dresses while Jason Wu and Zoe Jordan opted for smaller all over texture to complement their more structured garments.

Designers (left to right) J. Mendal, Milly, Donna Karan, Dion Lee, Marissa Web, Sachin & Babi

Unlike the neutral coloring of Bold Strokes, Refined Graffiti turns the volume up a few notches with bright and beautiful hues. These loud urban prints elevate your typical street graffiti; making it fun while still keeping a level of sophistication. Colorful paint splatters and smudges were popular at Marissa Web and Sachin & Babi where Donna Karan and Dion Lee took a more mixed media approach with torn shapes, mixed textures, and prints.  

Stay tuned next week for our next installment of Runway in Review and be sure to check out our Spring 2015 Pinterest Board for all of the best prints on the runways (so far)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NYFW Runway In Review - Floral and Tropical

Today is our first installment of our Runway in Review series where we will be recapping some of our favorite fashion week prints and trends from each city!

New York Fashion Week kicked off the Spring/Summer 2015 runway collections and as always, florals and tropicals were well represented but interpreted in fresh and inspiring ways.

Designers (left to right) - Lela Rose, Naeem Khan, Tracy Reese, Zimmerman, Bibhu Mohapatra, Carmen Marc Valvo

Transitioning from the Fall and Resort shows, vintage inspired painterly florals continued to be very popular on the runways.  These soft watercolor blooms add a romantic touch to springs feminine frocks.

Designers (left to right) Elizabeth & James, Peter Som, Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, Suno, Rag & Bone

In contrast to the soft Watercolor Blooms mentioned above, graphic interpretations were also seen all over the runways. Whether it was the cut out silhouettes at Peter Som and Rag & Bone or the floral dot mix as seen at Vera Wang and Suno, these modernized florals add a bit of edge and complement more structured garments beautifully.

Designers (left to right) - Rag & Bone, Yigal Azrouel, Thakoon, Timo Weiland, Elizabeth & James, Nicole Miller

In continuation of the Graphic Floral trend, clean shapes and silhouettes were also exhibited in this seasons tropical prints. Simple repeats and reduced colors give a vintage feel to our favorite palm prints and the muted color palettes add an air of sophistication and maturity to this playful summer staple.

Designers (left to right) - Osklen, Osklen, Josie Natori, Nicole Miller, Clover Canyon, Clover Canyon

Unlike Simplistic Palms, Island Oasis is anything but simple. Adopting a 'more is more' attitude this season, designers like Osklen and Clover Canyon exhibited very loud tropical floral prints reflective of the colorful environments they capture. Photo real and blurred techniques excite the eye and are sure to make a statement.

Stay tuned later this week for the next installment of our Runway in Review series and check out our constantly updated Spring 2015 Pinterest Board for all of the best runway prints (so far)!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Digital Fabric Printing for NYFW!

At stylecouncil, there is no other week quite like New York fashion week! We love checking out all of the runway shows and getting inspired by the seasons hottest trends for our original print collection.

This season we had the pleasure of digitally printing fabric for two of our New York fashion week favorites!

What you might not know is that we also have a highly advanced in house digital fabric printing department and CAD team available to assist designers in getting the job done in time for runway (or retail) magic.

Please email us at for more information about our digital printing and CAD services and check out our board on Pinterest for the latest prints straight off the runways. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back to School in Style

As everyone seems to be gearing up for fall and back to school, we at the stylecouncil have been taking note of the most popular fall trends. Take a look at some of our favorites below and to see more check out our Junior's Prints & Graphics board on Pinterest! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Exotic Opulence

This season for fall we brought an element of sophistication to our print collection with this luxurious color story. 
Exotic Opulence combines rich teal and olive tones brightened with splashes of regal gold and a warm cream. A black ground platforms these exotic hues and ties everything together for a beautifully refined palette. We loved how this color feeling elevated our snake and decorative floral prints for a very glamourous and polished look.

For more inspiration please check out our Color Pinterest Board!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fall Paisley Inspiration

Paisley prints are always a staple here at the stylecouncil and this season is no different. We searched the latest Fall & Resort runway shows as well as the retail world to find the freshest paisley inspiration for our new Fall 15/16 collection. Here are some of our favorites!

Come check out how we interpreted this seasons paisley trends and the rest of our fall collection next week at the New York Print Source show!
Hope to see you there!

For more paisley inspiration please check out our board on Pinterest!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Berry Harvest

We have fallen in love with a romantic berry toned palette for this upcoming fall season. Rich raspberry hues with splashes of blueberry and navy are paired with grey tints and a warm off-white base.


This regal combination was seen all over the fall runways at shows such as Carven, Burberry, Valentino and Paul Smith. We used these colors to add an air of sophistication to our floral and damask prints that are sure to bring a little piece of royalty to any wardrobe!  

Please check out our Color Pinterest board for more color stories we adore! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Indigo New York

Please visit our booth at the Indigo New York print show on Tuesday July 22nd & Wednesday July 23rd to be the first to preview our new fall collection!
 Every print purchase gets a free stylecouncil tote as modeled here by our office manager Becky.
 This year the show has been relocated to Pier 92 and is sure to be an inspiring event. Hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Active Inspiration: Michael Chase

Here at the stylecouncil we were really inspired by Artist Michael Chase's work when developing new prints for activewear.  We love his use of color and texture which fits perfectly in with the current trend. Nike and Urban Outfitters new active wear line, Without Walls, have both done great abstracted textured prints for their lines. It's a great way to give color to any active lifestyle!
      For more abstract inspiration check out our board on Pinterest

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Art of Sublimation Printing

At StyleCouncil we use the process of sublimation printing to get vibrant colors for our own original print collection as well as for many of our other clients all over the fashion industry both locally and internationally. Check out the pictures below to see how the process works as demonstrated by one of our print designers!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Resort 2015

Here are some of our favorite Resort 2015 prints!
               For more resort inspiration check out our board on Pinterest

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fall Color Palette Update!

We are loving this rust, berry, and turquoise color palette. The warm and cool color mixture will give any fall wardrobe some flair!  
           For more color inspiration check out our board on Pinterest

Friday, June 6, 2014

Fall Color Trend: Teal and Gold

                             Check out this great color palette for Fall!

For more color inspiration check out our board on Pinterest

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Runway Print Roundup: Moody Fall Florals

From the Fall 14 runway comes new print inspiration. 
Florals are carried over into fall, in a very moody dramatic way.

At Dries Van Noten, Tracy Reese and Oscar De la Renta hand painted florals with visible brush strokes were shown.  While photo real, large scale florals at Giambattista Valli and soft, blurry ikat florals at Vera Wang were trending.

            For more floral inspiration check out our boards on Pinterest

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Stylecouncil in Production!

Here at the stylecouncil we love seeing our prints that go into production. Athleta used our hand painted tribal print inspired by snake skin in their: 

             For more inspiration check out our boards on Pinterest

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Color Code Fall 2014: Rust and Teal

Look out for two great color trends this fall 2014. Both rust and teal were huge on the runaway and will give any fall collection some extra decadence!

    For more color inspiration check out our board on Pinterest

Friday, May 16, 2014

Animal Instinct: Fall 2014 Runway Trend Recap

Animal print can be a great way to spice up any fashion lovers closet. Whether its cheetah or snake, fall 2014 will be filled with clean, simple, not overly elaborate animal prints.

Naturally colored leopards, ocelot prints in grays, black and white, as well as neutrals were seen from Emilio Pucci and Zimmerman.

Skins are seen in not only grays and neutrals but in bold colors like Dsquared2 showed on the runway. 

Mixing the animal with menswear inspired prints, bright splashes of color, and fading in to solids give the classic look a fun and vibrant twist!

          For more Skin inspiration check out our board on Pinterest

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Retail Trend Roundup

Textured prints are very seasonless, making it an extremely wearable look, seen not only on the runway but in high end and mass market retailers as well.

Sure enough we are seeing it make a comeback for fall. Small scale, brush stroke, mark making techniques and painterly etched line work can be seen in anywhere from Zara, Kenzo, and Rag & Bone. 

Karen Millen and Helmut Lang are both showing that black and white texture is not going anywhere and should be a staple in everyone’s collection. Great alternatives to basic textures would be gradient layouts or engineered color placement.  
         For more Texture inspiration check out our board on Pinterest!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Damask Done Modern!

Here at the stylecouncil Damask prints have been a great way for us to transition into Fall ’15. Using rich colors mixed with textured, faded, and distressed motifs gives the traditional damask an updated feel. Ombre and watercolor grounds have also been a fun way to spice up the classic print.
At the opening of the Wintour Costume Center, Michelle Obama, seen in Naeem Khan, and Emily Rafferty, a MET employee, were both dressed in Damask. Looks like Anna Wintour gave her seal of approval!

Whether you are picking up great damask at Swell or Mango for the summer, or you use it to transition into fall, as seen on the runway from Paul Smith and M. Missioni, it will be a great lux and sophisticated addition to your wardrobe.

 For more Damask inspiration check out our board on Pinterest!