Print & Fashion: A Designer Top 3
In fashion, there is always a key print that takes every designer’s collection by storm. From florals to polka dots, abstract to animal, there will always be a feature print in every fashion season. Not only that but some designers are globally recognised for their prints, with their fans eagerly waiting to see what repetitive patterns they come up with next. From an endless list of well-known designers, here are three leading ladies in the fashion world whose focus is largely on print and patterns:
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
Born in 1946 in Belgium, designer and honorary American Diane von Furstenberg is perhaps best known for her low-plunge wrap dress. Since re-launching her company under the guise of ‘DvF’, Diane has been famed for her notable, abstract prints that adorn her collections each season. More recently, Diane has formed a collaboration with lifestyle brand Roxy in a one-off, limited edition swim and beachwear collection entitled ‘DvF loves Roxy’. She also forged connections with Gap, in a kidswear collection simply named ‘DvF <3 GapKids’, which included a miniature version of her best-selling wrap dress. Both collections featured her aforementioned iconic prints, in a wide range of bold colours.
1. Hop Scotch Multi
Diane’s Hop Scotch Multi print featured on a selection of items from her collaborative collection with Roxy, including the bandeau bikini (above). The combination of navy with pastel colours that in-fill a selection of sharp-cut shapes creates a youthful pattern, ideal for Roxy’s teen demographic.
2. Loves Print
The Loves Print is a pattern option for various items across Diane’s collaboration with GapKids. The pattern features a dalmation-like print, housing candy-coloured hearts and the words ‘DVF <3 GAP’ in a funky, graffiti font.
3. Stone Leopard
The Stone Leopard print is a bold leopard-style print aimed at older ladies, as part of DvF’s Fall 2013 collection. Although featured on her wrap dress in the main, the mature pattern also adorns a number of her accessories from the same collection.
Kate Spade and her brand ‘kate spade New York’, are famed globally for their focus on bright and bold prints across both clothing and accessories. Born in 1962 in Kansas, Missouri, Spade launched her initial design company in 1993 under the name ‘kate spade handbags’, after noticing a gap in the market for stylish yet sensible handbags. She then launched ‘kate spade at home’, where she designed interior accessories. Eventually, the company progressed into the New York fashion house that we know today.
1. Multi Pueblo Tile
Kate’s Multi Pueblo Tile brings together both colour and shape into a delightful, repeated pattern. Splashed onto various items including dresses and iPhone cases, the design brings squares and triangles together in a sharp yet visibly hand-drawn tessellation.
2. Margherita Floral
Unlike traditional florals, Kate’s Margherita Floral print brings a contemporary twist to stereotypically vintage patterns. Her carefully chosen selection of colours brings the design together wonderfully on its black background and, as shown above, it looks brilliant on both your feet and your gadgets.
It may seem unfair to credit Kate to the classic design of Gingham, but with her choosing to release the pattern in ice lolly colours of cyan blue and bright orange gingham is now wholly contemporary. Her Gingham iPhone cases are great for giving your smartphone a preppy wardrobe
As she launches more flagship stores across the UK this year, renowned ‘Queen of Kitsch’ Cath Kidston is one of the greatest print designers to come out of Britain. Famed for turning everyone’s kitchens into country kitchens, London-born Cath now sells everything from haberdashery kits to kitchenware to travel pass holders. Her prints tend to focus more on vintage flora, alongside farm-life and, more recently, special edition jubilee prints featuring brand mascot Stan the dog.
1. Kensington Rose
Cath’s Kensington Rose print is perhaps recognised as one of her most iconic. The pairing up of a duck egg blue background with subtle pink roses creates a sweet, vintage pattern that looks great on everything from curtains to mini tote bags for the kids.
In this design, Cath passes a nod of appreciation to our rail network, right from Stephenson’s Rocket train through to a modern day passenger train. Ideal for those who aren’t too keen on florals, this print still remains kitsch and cute without being too girly. Even better, the print also suitably features on one of Cath’s travel pass cases.
Once again, Cath offers another nod to our Great British heritage, by creating a design of the Queen’s very own guards. Featured in their trademark red coats and bear fur hats, the guards stand proudly on a number of Cath’s items, including a handkerchief and a miniature kids backpack.
Nciola works alongside Stuart Morris Textiles in the UK. She loves to follow the lastest fashion and design trends as well as reading up on design icons like William Morris and Mary White!