Repetitive Prints Are Retiring
Last season there wasn’t a store window that didn’t have herringbone or houndstooth, or Prince of Williams check, or some other repetative monochromatic print or knit nad it was cool… if not a little… repetative… Then came the tweeds and checks that looked sharp and warm but bored us to tears. And as we were all waiting for the next sparkling colorific wonderment to dash upon us from London (no doubt) or wherever, it finally hit the runways with gumptions for Fall 2013. Beautiful scenic prints that were as unique as the backdrops that inspired them, repetative patterns that blew our minds because they weren’t actually repetative, and a smattering of prints that literally left us on the edge of our seats waiting with credit card in hand for the day the pieces finally arrive in stores.
Even though the Michael Kors prints above repeat they are done so in a way that makes them pop and seem more exciting.
I have to give credit to a few designers who really championed this trend this season on the runways around the world but first I would like to give credit where credit is due and that is to Mary Katrantzou… Oh that rhymed!
Katrantzou first launched her photographic prints on the runway of Fall 2012 where her audience wasn’t ready for the artistry before them. I think this was the season the collection really took off and Mary K became a household name and not for cheap cosmetics. The vivid colors and prints continued throughout Spring 2013 and have single handedly turned the neck of fashion up, up, up to the light where frescos are born, and prints play happily ever after with each other. This as the playing field for the Fall 2013 collections that I’m talking about today.
For starters Marni launched this incredible collection that was surrounded by trees and had a warm yet razor sharp tailored feel to it. The winter forest setting was printed upon the gowns and continued the perpetual feelings of winter and wanderlust.
But repetative elements don’t have to be printed at all, in fact they can be woven or knitted into the fabric. What Raf Simons did at Christian Dior was knit a seemingly repetative look into the dresses but made them swoop with the bodies natural curves and lines leaving them overtly femanine by enhancing the natural curves of the female form. I’d also like to take this moment and really give props to Raf Simons for his incredible work with Dior Couture and the Christian Dior Ready-To-Wear line this season. Well done!
Lastly I’d like to show you a look from the Balmain Fall 2013 collection that could be considered boring when left on its own. Instead, Olivier Rousteing created some fierce looking pieces made from a pot-pouri of prints all of which could be considered continual and dull on their own but not with the flair that he added when placng them together while they worked synergetically together to form Fall 2013’s strongest looks.
Photo Credit: Zhanna-Romashka, Monica Feudi, and Yannis Vlamos.