Here’s exciting news! Prints have been seen generously on runways, decking one designer label’s season collection after another.
Gone are the generic and mass-produced patterns that plagued yesteryears’ fashion. (Can we please, please let the “Aztec” prints die?)
Now comes a new, revitalized breed of colored logos, psychedelic shapes and modernized classics.
From Dolce & Gabbana to Gucci, an onslaught of familiar yet fresh takes on form and color is defining this year’s cream of the crop.
Here are some of the more notable prints.
Take power dressing to a new level with the classic leopard print. Its 2016 update complements various textures and other details. Command with a striking
coat-and-patterned-trousers combo, or dress down in muted hues to let your star print speak louder.
Animal prints take on a more literal definition as cats, lions and horses make cameos in this season’s latest. But unlike the leopard prints, these animal prints give off a casual, laidback yet fun vibe.
Distorted imagery has penetrated the runways, but they’re far from being eyesores. Visually confusing prints add dimension to otherwise plain, flat silhouettes. These playful optical illusions animate the fabrics, giving life to each fold and ruffle in every step and turn of their wearers.
Checks and balances
Those seemingly simple boxes have been reconfigured into daring geometrical shapes. Checks are made interesting by the slightest change in size and color combinations. Sleeker and slimmer checks come off modern and sophisticated, compared to their chubbier,
In case shapes, patterns, and figures have tired you out, try wearing words. Depending on how they’re printed—horizontally, vertically and whatnot—phrases, names and incomprehensible scribbles make for either striking accents or surprising textures. Brands get to flaunt imperfect handwritten drafts and pass them off as design, which interestingly works well.