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Summer Prints and Patterns

(1) If you love bold prints, this is your season! Find inspiration in 2013 summer collections and play freely mixing and clashing textures. 


(2) Patchwork

Spring’s message was multilayered, courtesy of patchworks of textures, prints, fabrics and patterns. Think about making a collage


- This look could get messy if you don’t do it properly, Go for dresses that clash patterns and keep the rest of the look simple. 

- Mix this era with graphic prints with vintage floral patterns, it will look modern with a twist.

- Get inspired by the print Masters, modern and graphic patterns at Mary Kantrantzou, optic at Peter Pilotto and exotic skins mixed with soft florals at Preen. 


(3) Tropical 

Tropical prints lift your mood for the summer. They instantly take you away on holiday to a paradise beach. They are playful, fun and colourful. This fashion staple born in the late 50s in Palm Beach gets updated with new developed fabrics.


- Don’t save this print only for holidays, wear colourful fruit prints in the city.

- Colourful tropical prints look great paired down with olive green and nude colours. 

- Mix tropical prints with exotic skin patterns as seen in Max Mara.

- This season Kenzo was the tropical print genius, get inspiration! 


(4) Stripes

We have seen stripes all over the catwalks, thin or thick, vertical or horizontal, black and white, blue and white and colourful, we never get tired of them!


- Everyone should have a striped T-shirt to unpack and get into the stripy mood.

- This time around, stripes were not only for casual wear, fancy maxi dresses and luxury materials were covered in stripes.

- Vertical stripes elongate the body and look classy.


(5) Snake skin

The snake skin, with the usual nude colours, is traditionally a winter texture. This time it got updated with pastels tones and was mixed with floral and delicate floating materials, making it totally fresh for the summer wardrobe.


- Pastel pink, light blue and yellow are the perfect tint for this summer’s exotic skin prints.

- Mix snake skin with powerful florals as seen in Bottega Venetta.

- If dressing in snake prints is not your thing, choose snake skin shoes or bag! 


(6) Optic 

Playing with the art of contrast, optic prints are big this season. Louis Vuitton made a fashion moment with a giant white and yellow check runway full of models dressed in eye-grabbing checks.


- Follow the 60s trend by choosing mini dresses with checked patterns.

- Have a look at Louis Vuitton collection and find millions of ideas on how to combine and mix optic prints. 

- Go for long, midi and miniskirts all in optic prints. 


(7) Lace

Lace is always classic, delicate and fresh. Last season’s lace was soft in pastel colours, this season feels stronger and makes an impact in strong hues; orange, turquoise and deep blue. 


- Lace is perfect for dresses but choosing a structured fabric is amazing for coats, shirts and skirts.

- Don’t show too much skin, lace is already a see trough material, keep the hems long and the cut conservative.



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