Florals are for spring, and plaid is for fall, right? Fashion on the runways seems to suggest otherwise. Designers are shying away from conventional prints and challenging consumers to turn heads with offbeat patterns. With a slew of bloggers deeming leopard print a ‘neutral’, I’d say that these crazy, verging-on-ridiculous prints arrived at just the right time.
Changing of the seasons: Valentino is unafraid to toughen up an old classic.
Back in black: Devastee offers a monochromatic take on pop art with telephone and perfume bottle prints.
How we live in Tokyo: Tsumori Chisato’s line brims with neon colours and a comic book feel.
As for how to pull off these trends off the runway, retailers such as Lazy Oaf, Zara, and Missguided (just to name a few) have their own perfectly curated collections to help you find your footing in the world of kooky prints.
While head-to-toe prints may create a huge impact and guarantee that your presence will be acknowledged, the more timid may opt to test out the prints trend in a more subtle way. The easiest way to do this would be through accessories, in the form of a hat, scrunchie or even shoes – offering just a hint of print to a more classic outfit. Not yet convinced? For those of you willing to test out fall’s prints trend but not quite ready to step out of the plaid comfort zone, look to variations on the houndstooth pattern (plaid’s edgier cousin) as a stepping stone to this season’s game changers.