Our Top A/W 15-16 Print Trends

Our Top A/W 15-16 Print Trends
10/04/2015 Smitch
Celestial A/W15-16

Looking back at the last round of fashion weeks I’ve chosen to profile the main A/W 15-16 print trends that caused a stir in the fashion industry! They can be a somewhat daunting task to sift through as there are so many different directions. I think though that the key thing with any fashion trend is to only take it on if you actually love it, and adapt it so it becomes your own. I’ve never been one to be particularly enamoured with designer clothes, I would much rather spend an afternoon rummaging around a flea market than spend it at LFW, but that being said there are designers that I do always feel a flutter of impatient excitement over in anticipation of the runways.

I always focus on print and textile trends, partly because this is my job, but mostly because print is everything and why you wouldn’t include print in a collection is beyond me!

The Pre collections have been out for a while now. I do love them as they are just a snippet of what’s to come, I always find them really fun and refreshing in terms of print. My faves this season were Valentino and Nicole Miller. Valentino teamed up with undoubtedly one of the greatest print designers of all time, Celia Birtwell to create this stunning collection which was inspired by the painting La Primavera by Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli. I think the floral elements have a William Morris & Liberty style feel to them, and are incredibly detailed and beautiful, I particularly love the embroidered pieces. The Celestial prints are also stunning and are paving the way for an explosion of celestial style prints that are set to erupt throughout the high street next season.
Valentino Pre-Fall
Nicole Miller Pre A/W16 is the ultimate fun winter bohemian collection, with colour and pattern bursting at the seams. The emphasis is on tapestry as well as paisley, making for a very tangible collection, which is achieved through digital printing.
Nicole Miller

Leading on from Nicole Miller’s culture rich prints the main shows followed suit with a very strong kaleidoscope of exotic bohemia in the form of ethnic, folk, patchwork, tapestry and paisley prints in romantic, earthy and berry palettes. This was showcased perfectly at Burberry Prorsum, with whimsical folk dresses, fringed ponchos, floral waist coats and layers of fringed suede.

Burberry AW 15

Etro’s take on this is darker, sophisticated and more mature with a more luxurious feel and less of a bohemian vibe in the conventional sense. It’s a bit more ‘working girl’ whilst still capturing that free spirited, eclectic, traveller essence. Palettes are deep and earthy with highlights of ochre.

Etro A/W 15-16
Folk prints we in full swing at Anna Sui along with some stunning large scale and placement 70’s style florals. The colour palettes helped to pull these 2 contrasting themes seamlessly together to create a beautiful boho chic, 70’s inspired collection.
Anna Sui A/W 15

Embroidered folk florals were also showcased at Temperley London, being something of a signature for Alice Temperley now. Beautiful Hungarian style embroidery in blue palettes over sheer mesh made for a more grown up and elegant take on this trend. The 70’s style geometrics in tonal palettes and electric blue sequins complimented this and injected just the right amount of fun and glamour.

Temperley A/W 15
A firm favourite of mine season after season is Stella Jean. I adore her use of African prints and vibrant colours and this season was no exception. With inspiration pulled from the textiles of Nepal, India and the Himalayas this was bound to be a collection bursting with colour and tactility.
Stella Jean A/W 15
Another designer I always look forward to seeing new work from is Mara Hoffman. Her print design work is always stunning and the inspiration behind it is often found through culture and travel. This season boasts some stunning geometric prints with a celestial theme with shapes of suns in tonal colours acting as beautiful placements.
Mara Hoffman A/W 15

Florals are a staple every season, but they are a little thin on the ground this time round. The stand out florals for me were seen at Preen, Gucci, Giamba and Giambattista Valli, D&G and my favourite of all at Topshop Unique!

Topshop florals are in keeping with current 70s themes with colour palettes of rich browns and mustard yellows as well as more chic white on black and girly pink and blue on white. The florals are sweet, delicate botanical illustrations of flowering weeds, including dandelions and thistles with feathery seed heads scattering across the spaces.

Topshop Unique A/W 15-16
There is an emerging trend of weeds as florals right now. This is taken on in full force by Gucci with absolutely stunning large scale botanical illustrations of thistles in youthful palettes of lilac, magenta’s and pale greens. Other florals are painterly in soft feminine palettes. The whole collection has a very quirky cool British feel to it, and is very light hearted and fun for a winter collection.
Gucci A/W 15-16

The florals at Preen merged folky and crafty textiles in dark but fun 70’s palettes. Embroidery is a prevalent print theme this season. It pops out of the fabric creating a stunning, eye catching, 3D effect on the garments that leaves you wanting to reach out and pick them.

Preen A/W 15-16

I also adored the florals showcased at Giamba. The colours are exquisite and the prints painterly and so high in detail you feel like you’re laying in a field on a hot hazy summers day, soaking in the garden around you.

Giambia A/W15-16

A print trend that I’m very excited about and that we’ve taken huge inspo from here at Hello Margaret! is wrestling its way out and I am really excited to see the high street takes on these celestial themes for A/W15-16. Emilio Pucci rocked this up in true 70s & 80s style with deep navy velvet and foiled gold celestial and zodiac motifs. Those knee high boots alone are a work of art. – Celestial prints were also seen at Anthony Vaccarello although these didn’t feel quite as compelling and whimsical to me.

Celestial A/W15-16

As usual for every A/W (it feels like it anyway) checks and dogtooths were in abundance. This season they are punkier and bolder, with larger abstract block and splicing, patch working and a mishmash of monochrome, mostly achieved through digital and placement printing. Still, as snazzy as these are you can’t beat a good old granny check can you?

Check prints AW 15-16

And before I sign off from this epic post lets just take a moment to bow down to Yves Saint Laurent for bringing 80’s glam rock to the runway, with this ‘prom girl gone bad’ show!

Yves Saint Laurent A/W15-16

To see more from these designers and fully gush over their wares peruse the fashion shows in full over at Vogue!

PEACE OUT! Smitch xx

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