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.