One of my favourite times of the year for design inspiration is fashion month(s)! Ready-to-wear collections offer the most beautiful (and sometimes bonkers) creations and the inspiration they offer are always great starting points for developing new collections of my own work. Here's a run down of some of my favourite prints from the recent SS20 shows...
Anything goes with "abstract" which is why the style will always remain my favourite. From splashes of paint over delicate florals at Miu Miu and childlike brush strokes at Marni to bold mark making at Issey Miyake.
Carolina Herrera has won this season with prints in my opinion. Ikat plus florals...such a beautiful idea! Especially that blue. Missoni also had some beautiful takes on this mini trend, the multi coloured trouser print being a particular favourite.
Some unique takes on checks this season. Margaret Howell went with a mark making monochromatic feel, Dior created a hand drawn feel (matching perfectly with their botanical prints...more on those later) whilst Kate Spade went full on spring with lime greens and picnic blanket checks.
Classic double stripes seemed to be very strong trend for SS20, I particularly love Longchamp's colour palette and again Dior's hand drawn stripe. Intricate border prints with a Prairie feel shone through at Erdem whilst Etro followed suit with a beautifully delicate and colourful take on the trend.
I was a huge tie dye fan as a child in the 90's and I'm definitely ready to get back on board with this trend! Dior, of course, created stunning options with a vintage feel with just the right amounts of tie and dye. Isabel Marant opted for a similar look, with small hues of colour popping through white denim. Nanushka and Christopher Kane chose blue as their dye of choice...so of course I love them both (also a huge blue fan).
Autumn colours, for spring? ground breaking...actually is kinda is. Warm Autumn colour palettes are high up there on my list of favourite palettes. Khaite's golden silk florals and Christopher Kane's dark jacquards are pieces that deserve to be worn all year round!
Ok lets start with Dior, told you their check (and stripe) goes so perfectly with these botanicals?! I love the simplicity of them paired with natural neutral fabrics. Oscar De La Renta went slightly more colourful with bold vintage pinks and reds interspersed with butterflies. My absolute favourite from this trend though has to be Alexander McQueen with oversized pencil textured florals with hints of colour and shading.
From contrasting colours to tonal pairings, the new florals this season are graphic, bold and colourful. Erdem plays with scale and clashes of prints and colour. Valentino grows vibrant placement prints from the hems of their dresses whilst Peter Pilotto and Ralph & Russo choose black grounds and sophisticated tones in their florals.
Disty florals, for spring? not ground breaking it turns out but still a firm favourite in any spring summer collection. No.21 went teeny tiny with their ditsy prints, Giambattista Valli stayed classic with pastel hues and delicate motifs and Stella McCartney transported us into a field of wild daises. Blue and yellow were the colours of choice in the ditsies of Nina Ricci, A.P.C and Atlein.
Hope you all feel fully inspired for SS20 (design or shopping wise...although we still have winter to survive first). I'm off to plan some painting!