Prints, prints, PRINTS! They come in all shapes and sizes, colors, categories and concoctions. Natural, oversize, bold, sheer, eclectic, shiny and everything in-between, prints and patterns are pretty much what makes fashion pop for all of us. They make high-end designer labels like Etro, Roberto Cavalli, Prabal Gurung and Marni stand out from the crowd. Don’t forget designers like Jason Wu, Derek Lam, Emilio Pucci and Dolce & Gabbana. They use prints, too.
Celebrities love to wear prints with a vengeance. You haven’t really seen patterns unless you’ve seen Olivia Palermo mixing blue and white stripes with yellow shoes or Fergie wearing black and white floral with orange. Anyone seen reality star and fashion reporter Louise Roe rocking that overly colorful Manish Arora getup recently? How could you miss it? And there’s a reason celebs like Whitney Port loves designers like Mara Hoffman – those prints, of course!
Electrifying eclectic prints are those patterns that go over-the-top – the kind that make a celeb want to get noticed. Sure, they may say they’re just dressing up for fun, but believe me, they want you to see them pulling off a bright vegetable print (ahem – Dolce & Gabbana) or an oversize polka-dot (hello, Nicole Richie!) Speaking of Nicole Richie, she is the queen bee of the so-called eclectic print! She loves trying anything bold-colored, oversize or exaggerated and over-the-top, whether its mixing her label Winter Kate with British brand Mulberry or wearing a print-driven dress. Following in her footsteps in the eclectic print category is Solange Knowles who loves to stand out in the crowd (particularly in her most recent Flaminia Saccucci number at a recent MOMA) party or Florence Welch in an orange-colored Etro jacket.
When paired with a pair of sandals or some sweet flats, a daytime dress with prints suddenly soars into casual fashion heaven. There’s always a way to dress down prints for daywear and that involves pairing an easy solid color with patterns that aren’t overdone. See January Jones for inspiration. On a casual stroll through town, the Mad Men star sauntered down the street in Rosa Flora print capris from Ella Moss. Easy prints with effortless cool.
Prints of a Decade
Pattern are bright, bold and eye-catching – and when inspired by or related to a particular decade in history, they’re even more breathtaking. Roberto Cavalli was, of course, the print king of the 70s, with his sparkly rock-glam chic animal prints look like anything a boho chic disco queen would wear. What designer hasn’t been turned on by prints and styles of the 30s, 40s and 50s? Then, there’s the swingin’ 60s, who’s geometric patterns and art deco prints may be the best of them all. Showing us how it’s done in modern times – Big Love’s Ginnifer Goodwin wearing a Fall 2012 Jonathan Saunders dress with leather top and checkered bottom. She definitely knows what she’s doing.
A Formal Affair
To be or not to be…in prints for the big gala event. That is the question. Sure, prints are fun for daytime dresses or a stroll through town, but what happens at a dinner party? Does a print mix mean going over-the-top and how much is too much when it comes to print over print over print? Shiny or not, is a pattern possible for a big event?
Showing us how it’s done, the uber-stylish Kristen Stewart, who has come out as a fashion star in the past few years, making our heads spin with Balmain, Proenza Schouler, and Yigal Azrouel. It may be hard to pull off prints for a red carpet, but Kristen Stewart doesn’t disappoint, in effortless Kristen style. With just a gold pendant and easy hair, she lets a Balenciaga gown with green, silver and black embroidery speak for itself at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
– Simona Kogan
Photos (left to right): Florence Welch in Etro, instyle.com; Nicole Richie, people.com; January Jones in Ella Moss, instyle.com; Ginnifer Goodwin in Jonathan Saunders, instyle.com; Kristen Stewart in Balenciaga, instyle.com; Solange Knowles in Flaminia Saccucci, people.com.
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