We look at new and mismatched prints that were seen on the international runways for Spring Summer 2012 season.
Wang is known to blend sportswear inspired silhouettes into fashion. The Spring Summer collection has bomber jackets, shorts, pants, blouses, dresses, skirts and other easy separates. If you thought floral print could never look tough, then this collection will be an eye-opener.
Miuccia Prada’s Miu Miu collection presented a girly collection but with visible dark undertones. The high-waisted skirts with cropped blouses and handheld bags delivered a concept which is a mix of flirty and serious. The patchwork prints on skirts, jackets and dresses didn’t belong to one family but somehow seamlessly made for a wholesome collection.
This Greek lady sure knows how to conjure up the most unusual print patterns. The summer collection had prints of flowers, but not in the way you would expect. Digital prints of carnations mix and matched with abstract lines and polka dots. For some looks she even mixed screen prints of metal utensils with the prints of pop color tulip fields.
Pucci is a fashion house recognized most widely for its signature prints. For this season’s collection, designer Peter Dundas inspiration was Gypsies. Free flowing long skirts and dresses in psychedelic paisley prints highlighted with over-all embellishments and gold jewels were seen on the runway.
The last D&G show (now the brand is part of the Dolce & Gabanna line) delivered everything the brand ever stood for: youth, vibrancy, color, and fun. Models walked the runway wearing head to toe print garments. Even the footwear had a print scarf tied around them. The print comprised the Italian opulent baroque patterns in silk orange, green, pink, yellow, turquoise blue.
Diane Von Furstenberg
This New York label collection knows exactly what the urban women want to wear. Easy dresses and separates with a unique twist. In the summer collection the patterns were quite pop art with the cut out of flower plant repeated all over the dress. These were graphic prints of different shades patch worked together in a single look.
Yves Saint Laurent
Classic Parisian style with a stark image of French women parading on the runway is something to be expected from this fashion house. This season designer Stefano Pilati stuck to these aesthetics but added the unexpected print pattern here and there. The show opened with an abstract 60’s inspired print, simple coat dress. Long skirts in paisley print were paired with white shirts and handheld clutch bags.
Designer Raf Simons delivers a collection with a very clean-cut outlook to his ideas. This being his last collection for Jil Sander (he is now the artistic director for Christian Dior), the designer brought back a classic print pattern in a modern setting for the Jil Sander show. This pattern was of the paisley pattern. Shown in blue, yellow, purple and pink over white or black base, the paisley design stood out and could easily be one of the most memorable print designs of this season.
Very rock and roll glamorous, Anna Sui’s summer collection had bold looks in colors like purple, black, and red. Prints played a strong role in communicating the designer’s new vision. Big motifs in mint green on top of a long chiffon dress. Or busy small print floral print matched with the same print bandana hat. Anna Sui’s Spring Summer collection is the one that is playful yet commands authority with use of nipped waist and chunky footwear paired looks.
The writer is a fashion blogger (www.lovestruckcow.blogspot.com) who attempts to bridge the gap between creator and consumer. As a fashion writer, she hopes to promote Indian fashion among Indians and on a global level too.