This week’s shoot features the trend that will no doubt ensure your summer attire is stellar this year. Clashing patterns may seem like sartorial suicide, but it is by far spring/summer 2012’s hottest trend. Like it or not, pattern-on-pattern is here to stay. Clashing prints, by its very ethos, means placing colours and patterns together that would not normally co-exist. Vivid hues and clashing patterns are back, and they are bigger, better and more loco then ever. Stripes, dots, floral and leopard print can and should be worn together. Colour-blocking is a no-no, colour-clashing is the way forward; think colour opposites as opposed to colour complements. The clothes should not complement each other, but clash and highlight each other’s varied patterns.
This trend highlights the fun side of fashion; the serendipity that can be achieved by wearing what should not be worn together. Too many of us take our look too seriously and this trend is essentially going in the face of the bland beige blazer and black jeans brigade. Colour is not something to be feared, even if it may seem very brash to don the entire colour spectrum. After all, what is good enough for Erdem is good enough for us.
The catwalks this season were graced by gowns of mismatched flower prints, brightly coloured silk trousers and monochrome floral shirts. Designers such as Celine, Wang, Valentino and Van Noten all featured head-to-toe digital print florals and tropical blooms in their respective fashion shows. The high-street has responded with many patterned offerings, providing us mere mortals with the opportunity to dip our toes into this pool of fashion. A striped luxe t-shirt paired with patterned trousers is a fail-safe outfit for this spring. Add a blazer and some boots for day, or heels and chandelier earrings for night. A patterned playsuit is cute and dead simple, perfect for the upcoming festival frivolities.
For the colour-fearing amongst us, a printed shirt could be the perfect injection for an otherwise lethargic outfit. The shirt is an easy way to incorporate pattern and to spruce up your everyday outfit. They are fun, stylish and multi-functional enough to go from day to night, and can be seen across the high street. A-wear has great fashion-forward patterns in classic cuts, while Topshop has Versace-style trash down to a tee. Finish off the outfit with last season’s chinos and some pointy pumps, and you have one easy wardrobe update.
There’s a little bit of pattern out there for everyone, with patterned shoes, bags and scarves engulfing the shops. This trend epitomises the fresh, modern approach to spring, and there’s not a hint of Granny’s patterned curtains in sight.