Last season, we reported on the trend of Confetti Prints: dynamic, multicolour, pointillist patterns. They have proven to be a very desired look and the trend has held strong for Spring 2010. We're still very in love.
Animal prints will never, ever go away. As an alternative to the die-hard leopard print, we would like to propose some new animal prints found under the sea. These fish patterns look animal but are fresh, unidentifiable, and most importantly original.
After a strong showing of Black & White Prints for Resort, Spring 2010 had a junk-load of similar feeling prints, yet softened by replacing White with Beige, Grey, or Nude. This subtle colour change had an incredible modern feel, and it's crazy how many collections were feeling it. Black and soft neutrals dominated the runways, so putting them together in print was just a logical step.
For Resort 2010, we saw lots of multi-colour prints. Many patterns mixed organic and graphic elements, with gradations of colours crossing the entire colour spectrum. Saturated versions and pastel versions were apparent - we can't decide which we liked better.
Are African Wax Prints coming into high-fashion? Both Balenciaga and Gucci showed batik-style prints in their Resort 2010 collections.
Here in Paris, we see these kind of prints on traditionally-dressed African women all the time. The fabric is especially popular in West Africa. It is not silkscreened but rather dyed using the batik technique. The artisanal technique involves the application of melted wax to cloth before dyeing it. The dye will not penetrate the waxed areas. The highest quality fabrics come from Vlisco, the only remaining Real Dutch Wax producer. Their fabric is so highly regarded that people do not cut off the fabric's selvage which displays the company's name, just like one would wear a designer logo on a t-shirt.
Video Game Print
Table Fan Print
Ivory Coast Style
What is This?
We're not sure what makes a print in the style of a certain country... Maybe it's the background?
The success of Vlisco fabrics has lead to them developing a fashion brand in Africa, designing 4 collection a year, as well as fancier line of fabrics including silks and jacquards.
Illustrator Siggi Odds was born in Reykjavik and attended the Iceland Academy of the Arts. In between those two events, he lived in Vancouver where he was exposed to Northwest Coast Native Art. For his thesis, he learned the formal rules and traditions of the art style, including its symbolism. He then applied his own twist on things and produced 'Nang Jàadaas' (The Women).
We too have a thing for native art. We admire his courage to take on such an established style. Found through ffffound