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!