Originally published in SIX magazine issue 4 – SPRUNG!
Written by Victoria Sekrier
SIX Magazine Fashion Editor
Issues 2 – 5
The print trend is by far the most ambitious since the mildly obnoxious Sci-Fi phenomena of a couple of years ago [2009 – ed.]. Print is going strong, almost as strong as the never-ending boho chic (it carried on from SS11 to AW11 and back into our consciousness throughout the collections of 2012. I’ll even dare to predict its reappearance in the SS13 collections in some form or another).
If you ever feel like you need to make an entrance or impression, throw a print into your outfit. Nothing draws attention as much as a bold print – apart from being stark naked.
However, print is a tricky one because it has the ability to instantly stereo- type: geometric prints say ‘I am intellectual and know more about art than you might think’; whereas a floral print says ‘I am fun and know more about festivals than I should’.
This season [Spring 2012 – ed.] I am most fascinated by nature inspired prints: from decaying metal to cosmic space, vibrant paint splatter to sea creatures and reptile skins.
Favourite colours vary between earthy greens and browns to punchy violet and fuchsia.
For SS12 Mary Katrantzou wowed us with photorealistic panoramic prints of aquatic life. Echoing cubism, Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga showed paint splatter pieces in bright red and blue. Joseph Altuzarra sent tanned girls down the catwalk in exotic fauna print dresses, whereas Dries Van Noten used tropical palm tree collage prints. Eugine Lin drew inspiration from rusted metals and decaying wood, presenting stunning digital prints
Don’t be afraid, there’s almost no wrong when it comes to wearing prints this season.
It all depends on your level of confidence. If you are new to print and are thinking of easing yourself in, be sensible and try wearing one print at a time and work your outfit around your central piece. If you are more of an expert and extrovert, throw in as many prints as you like. This season is all about experimenting and expressing yourself . To the printers!