Wednesday 11 April 2012

Trends: Prints (written for Style Card)

One of the biggest trends of last year set to continue its dominance in SS12 is that of the humble print. Worn in any way, this spring prints are designed to clash. Whether you’re brave enough to go head-to-toe in either matching or clashing, or would prefer to ease yourself into the trend, print can be worked into the most basic of outfits through accessories as subtle as a skinny belt or Alice band.

The most popular prints to grace the SS12 catwalks of the likes of Mary Katrantzou, Anna Sui, Christopher Kane and Ashish were flora and fauna, the most visceral representation of spring and vitality possible. Be advised, oversized florals are tricky to pull off on curvy silhouettes, however ditsy prints work for all heights and body shapes, and are for all intents and purposes, the safe bet. Smudged florals are also proving popular.

For playful prints look to Dries Van Noten’s tropical palm trees and Marc by Marc Jacobs and Giles for a plethora of birds. Other nature-inspired prints have proved to be huge hits on the Hollywood red carpets; think reptile skins as favoured by Angelina Jolie and Jessica Alba. To take the look one step further opt for a leopard print or tiger striped manicure.

Read the full article at StyleCard.

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