Patternbank brings you the second instalment of our highlights from New York Fashion Week. Here we have selected designers showing the key print trends for Spring / Summer 2013. We will also be covering London Fashion Week, Milan and Paris in the next few weeks. See part 1 here.

Proenza Schouler SS2013

Abstracted and Distressed / Photographic Landscapes / Graphic Impact / Patchwork Pieces

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Diane Von Furstenberg SS2013

Stylised Florals / Silhouettes / Large Scale Skins / Strong Graphics / Drawn Marks

Diane Von Furstenberg photos via


Marc by Marc Jacobs SS2013

Mix Matched Prints / Maasai-Inspired Checks / Gingham Mixes / Urban Graphics

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Sophie Theallet SS2013

Printed Motifs / Kaleidoscopic Effects / Brush Strokes / Dragonflies / Burn Orange / Iridescent Colour

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Tory Burch SS2013

Country Chic / Prairie Florals / Embroidered Folk / Tribal and Travel Mixes / Tie Dye Effects

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Marc Jacobs SS2013

Horizontal and Vertical Stripes / Circus Stripes / Psychedelic Curves / Checkerboard Squares / Stripes and Check Mix

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J.mendel SS2013

Rich Florals / Inky Watercolours / Floral Overlays  / Jewel Colours

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Zero Maria Cornejo SS2013

Mono-print and Woodblock Prints / Primitive Futuristic / Monochromatic Palette

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Patternbank brings you the highlights from New York Fashion Week. This is the first instalment where we have selected designers showing key print trends for Spring / Summer 2013. Watch out for Part 2 which will follow shortly and the up and coming London, Milan and Paris Shows which we will also be covering here at Patternbank. Part 2 now live – view it here.

Thakoon S/S 2013

Chinoiserie Inspired – Heavy Brocades – Silhouette Foliage – Humming Birds – Canary Yellow

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Suno S/S 2013

Floral Mixes – Foulard Pattern – Floral Sprigs – Country Chic – Metallic Sheen – Burnt Orange and Prairie Blue

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Phillip Lim S/S 2013

Checked Overlays – Plaid Combined Florals – Cut-up Mixes – Allover Florals – Dark Backgrounds – Rock Chic

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Peter Som S/S 2013

Clustered Ditsys – Bold Colour Combos – Abstract Florals – Faded Florals – Chevron Patterns

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Derek Lam S/S 2013

Repeated Geometrics – Sportswear Chic – Crochet and Macrame Looks – Madras Checks and Plaids

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Custo Barcelona S/S 2013

Bold Geometrics – Pattern Mix Ups – Textured Fabric Patchworks – Embroidered and Embellished – Neon Brights

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Patternbank brings you it’s second Menswear Print Trends report for Spring/Summer 2013. Here we bring you a concise overview of the key looks sure to influence the season from the recent Menswear catwalk shows held in London, Milan and Paris. View the Menswear Print Trends Spring/Summer 2013 Part 1 here.

Floral Man

Bouquet Groupings – Packed Floral Covering – Tonal Photographic – Studied Stills – Painterly Blooms – Florals Disperse – Stylised and Abstracted

Bottega Veneta, Raff Simons, Wooyoungmi, Versace, Dirk Bikkembergs, Wooyoungmi, Rynshu, Gucci, Paul Smith. Photos via

Animal Lover

Snakeskin Mono print – Large Scale Skins – Skin on Skin – Textured Skin Effects

Dirk Bikkembergs, Jean Paul Gaultier, Miharayasuhiro, Alexander Mcqueen, Neil Barrett, Alexander Mcqueen, Kenzo, Ymc, Kenzo. Photos via

Metallic Riches

Oil Rich Colours – Shiny Surface – Reflected Colour – Iridescent Shine – Copper & Gold – Foil Accents

Ann Demeulemeester, Etro, Missoni, Rynshu, Versace, Shaun Samson, Neil Barrett, Roberto Cavelli, Qasimi Homme. Photos via

Black and White

Pirate Stripes – Monoprint Pattern Mix – Ornate Paisley – Geometric Motifs

Rynshu, Costume National, Etro, Christian Lacroix, John Galliano, Comme Des Garcons, Phillip Lim, Versace, Wooyoungmi. Photos via

Sorbet Brights

Lime Greens – Cerise Pink Blush – Peach Sorbet – Palest Lemon – Mint Greens – Turquoise Blue – Dashing Red

Roccobarocco, Roccobarocco, Gucci, Viktor & Rolf, Shaun Samson, Yohji Yamamoto, Moschino, Salvatore Ferragamo, Thom Browne. Photos via

Patternbank brings you it’s second ‘Cruise/Resort print trends’ round-up report for Pre Spring 2013. These shows are a great insight into the upcoming Spring/Summer 2013 catwalk shows. Here we bring you our second concise overview of the most influential print trends emerging from the recent Pre Spring 2013 Resort shows.

Pattern Patchworks

Remixed Pattern – Pieced and Placed Pattern – Chaotic Pattern Plays – Quilted Pattern – Pattern Clash – Geometric and Floral Explorations – Masked Pattern – Contrasting Motifs

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Spring Fresh

Fresh Floral Studies – Subtle Colour Palettes – Faded and Soft Blooms – Watercolour Meadow Florals – Spacial lays and Compositions – Mid Sized scale – Victorian Floral Studies

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Ombre Bleed

Dip-dyed and Colour Bleed effects – Multi-band Ombre Prints – Placed and Engineered  Fade outs – Colour Bleed Stripes – Photographic Fade Out Prints – Shadow Prints

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70s Arthouse

Graphic Impact – Large Scale Proportions – Intense Colour Plays – Unexpected Brights – Art House Wallpaper print references – Graphic Simple Pattern Use – Elegant Motifs – Zoomed in Detail – Two & Three Colour Prints

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Rythmic Pattern

Linear Pattern – Contour and Blended Line Use – Mirrored Structure – Digital Form – Fractured Elements – Regimental repeats and Movement – Linear Traced Motion – Mapped and Plotted Graphic Information

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Patternbank breaks down the key print trends from the Menswear Spring/Summer 2013 catwalk shows held in London, Milan and Paris. Here we bring you a concise overview of the key looks sure to influence the season. This is the first instalment featuring six key print trend stories, Part 2 will follow shortly. Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter to be kept right up to date with all the latest stories.

Art School

Painted Pictures – Large Scale Abstract – Paint Explosions – Bauhaus Expression – Creative Mixtures – Digital Pattern – Patchwork Mix

Givenchy, Poul Brouwer Ports 1961 Milharayasuhiro Raf Simons Jil Sander Vivienne Westwood Agi & Sam Bernhard Willhelm Photos Via

Ethnic Tribe

Bold Ethnic Imagery – Mixing Pattern – Ikat Expression – Classic Batik – Decorated Indonesia – Modern Tribe – Resist Dye Batik

Miharayasuhiro, Vivienne Westwood, John Richmond, Miharayasuhiro, Bernhard Willhelm, Yohji Yamamoto, Henrik Vibskov, Missoni, Phillip Lim Photos via

Check Mate

Country Gent – Over scaled Plaids – Graph and Grid-Like Checks – Classic Tartans

Thom Browne, Daks, Junya Watanabe Man, Shaun Samson, John Galliano, Poul Brouwer, Pringle of Scotland, Moschino, Dries Van Noten Photos Via

Printed Outerwear

Foulard Motifs – Border Details – Pattern Layering – Printed Suiting – Small Scale Geometrics

Ann Demeulemeester, Burberry Prorsum, Roccobarocco, Burberry Prosum, Etro, Versace Photos via

Indigo Denim

Batik Patterning – Woven Indigo Ikats – Bleach Effects – Denim Mixes – Shades Blues – Collaged Pattern

Etro, Missoni, Phillip Lim, Roccobarrocco, Louis Vuitton, Phillip Lim, Richard Nicoll, Diesel Black Gold  Photos via

New Camouflage

Camouflage and Skins Mix – Garments Covered – Allover Camouflage – Floral Camouflage – Suited Camouflage

Dries Van Noten, Kenzo, Dries Van Noten, Kenzo, John Galliano, Dirk Birkkermbergs, Marc Jacobs, Pringle of Scotland, Qasimi Homme Photos via

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Patternbank breaks down the key print trends from the Cruise/Resort Pre Spring 2013 catwalk Shows. These shows are a great insight into the upcoming Spring/Summer 2013 catwalk shows (which we’ll also be covering). Here we bring you a concise overview of the most influential print trends emerging from these recent Resort shows. This is the first instalment featuring six key print trend stories, Part 2 will follow shortly. Sign up to our Newsletter to find out when part 2 is live on the site.

Abstract Pattern

Oil Paint Expression – Loosely Rendered Pattern – Marbling and Mineral pattern references – Freshly Painted form – Movement Lines – Unexpected Brights

Monique LhuillierIssey Miyake, Issey MiyakeJohn GallianoTSEChristopher KanePreenJosie Natori. Photos Via

Border Decor

Dissected Border Prints – Stripes in Border format – Intense Border use – Deconstructed Paisley Print Elements – Enlarged Border detail – New Forms of Engineered Prints –  Repositioned pattern structures – Baroque Border prints

Carolina HerreraRoberto Cavalli, CelineAntonio Berardi, EtroAnna Sui, Nanette LeporeAnna Sui, Givenchy.   Photos Via

Brushed Statements

Subtle Art Brush Strokes – Paint Dabs – Oil Paint Textures – Bold & Bright Colour Hues – Fun Paint statements – Gradient Colour effects – Single Stroke Brush Marks – Brush Movement Marks – Textured Brush Patterns – Mixed scale brush work

Emporio ArmaniGabriele ColangeloTribune Standard, Carolina Herrera,  Christopher Kane,  Christopher Kane.  Photos Via

Ethnic Energy

Native American References – Twisted Cultures – Tribal Reworks with Folkloric inspirations – Energetic visuals – Vibrant Brights – Summer Ikat looks

Bibhu Mohapatra, Mara Hoffman, Tory BurchVersace, AltuzarraBCBG Max AzriaAltuzarraThakoon, BCBG Max Azria.  Photos Via

Intense Bloom

Mid Scale Florals – Powerful, Bold Colour Plays – Vivid Color mixes – Saturated Prints & Botanical Studies – Tropical References – Overgrown Country Gardens Studies – 60s Vibe Florals

PreenFrancesco Scognamiglio, Alice + Olivia, Barbara Tfank, GucciStella McCartneyMother of PearlMoschinoMarc Jacobs.   Photos Via

Monochrome Impact

Stark Contrasting Patterns – Optical Plays – Floral mixed with Geometric Prints – Structure and linear form visuals – High contrast statements – Chevron and Stripe Abstract Prints

Balmain, Rachel RoyC’N’C Costume National, Anna Sui, Emilio PucciAntonio Marras.   Photos Via

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Patternbank brings you a snapshot of the key prints seen at the recent London Graduate Fashion week. Celebrating the work of more than 1,000 of the finest BA degree Fashion students from 40 Universities across the UK and overseas, Graduate Fashion Week is the ultimate event for spotting the next wave of creative talent to hit the industry.

Dae Byn Lee – Nottingham Trent University

Diffused visual form – One colour  photo-print techniques – Miss matched pattern statements – Collage expression – Neon highlights – Floral silhouette looks

Images Via Phoenix Magazine

Emma Guilfoyle / Steph Cunningham – University of Central Lancashire

Political visual plays – Patchwork tweeds –  Experimentation of traditional fabrics – Hand sketch graphic portraits – Victoriana prints – Ornate gilt framing

Images Via Phoenix Magazine

Scarlett O’Sullivan – De Montford University

Linear botanical studies – Transparent layered effects –  Elaborately embellished – Artisan blooms – Decorative mirrored frames

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Patternbank brings you it’s second ‘Catwalk Print Trends’ round-up for A/W 2012. Covering all the shows from New York, London, Milan and Paris, we bring you the key looks that are sure to influence the season. These reports aim to give you a concise overview of the most influential print trends emerging from the recent catwalk season.

Collage of Art

Art statements – Collage expression – Abstract art forms – Patchwork forms – Texture plays – Exaggerated knits and appliqués – Spliced and overprinted form – Overlaid pattern – Varied art references

Antoni and Alison, Ferna Yamamoto, Bernhard Willhelm, Antonio Marras, Bernhard Willhelm, Luke Brooks, Michael Van Der Ham, Dries Van Noten, Antoni and Alison. Photos Via


Oversize Jewels – Gold ornament – Bejewelled Tweed – Mirrored Holographic’s – Sequin Charmed – Costume crystals – Photographic prints – Visual opulence

Antoni and Alison, Dolce and Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Matthew WilliamsonLouise GrayChristian Dior,  Louis VuittonMarc Jacobs. Photos Via

Eastern Tribe

Brocaded silks – Oriental motifs – Modern Eastern plays – Pattern and motif blends – Jacquard and embroidered details – Gold and metallic threads and print effects – Ornate dragon and bird motif use

Proenza Schouler, Zac Posen, Vivienne Tam, Jason WuDries Van NotenBarbara BuiDries Van Noten, Proenza Schouler. Photos Via


Golden ecclesiastical –  Glistening brocades – Metallic and burnished gold looks – Elaborately embellished – Cross stitch and Tapestry work – Pearl studded looks – Pearlescent shades – Opulent gold

Dolce and Gabbana, Collette Dinnigan, Barbara Bui, Valentino, Balmain, Temperly, Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, Kinder Aggugini. Photos Via

Graphic impact

Street Art beauty – Graphic symbol & icon use – Sprayed visual marks – Large scale art – Airbrushed visuals – Graphic havoc – Cut and paste looks – Typography pattern  – Vivid colour use

Antoni and Alison, Ashish, Gaultier, Bernard Willheim, Luke Brooks, Manish Arora, Louise Gray,  Manish Arora, Balenciaga. Photos Via

Patternbank breaks down the key print trends seen on the recent A/W 2012 catwalks. Covering all the shows from New York, London, Milan and Paris, we bring you the key looks that are sure to influence the season. These reports aim to give you a concise overview of the most influential print trends emerging from the recent catwalk season. This is the first instalment featuring five key print trend stories spotted, Part 2 will follow shortly.

60s Geo

Upholstery prints – Mod geometric looks – Wallpaper inspired prints – Bold geometric repeats – Stripe and pattern mixes – 60s inspired graphic repeats

Prada, Louis Vuitton, Carven, Miu-Miu, Anna Sui, Marc-Jacobs, Fernanda, Carven.  Photos Via

Black and White

Monochrome statements – Optic contrast – Mixed scale – Pattern clashes – Scarf and border detail use – Graphic visual expression – Faded greys – Contrasting stripes

Jonathan Saunders, Angelo Marani, Fendi, Marni, John Richmond, Louise Gray, Marni, Lamb, Talbot Runhof. Photos Via

Stripes, Checks & Houndstooth

Ombre striped effects – Houndstooth abstraction – Diagonal and horizontal mixes – Overprint effects – Pattern clashes – Digital dissection – Stripe and check integration

Nicole Miller, Antonio & Alison, Basso and Brooke, Ferna Yamamoto, Junko Shimada, Tommy Hilfieger, Tory Burch, Akris, Anna Sui. Photos Via

Dark Blooms

Dark ground use – Spatial repeat prints – Stark contrasts – Tropical midnight scenes – Romantic floral blooms – Purples, lilacs and dark mint colour hues

 Elisa Palomino, Gucci, Emporio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino,  Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana, Comme Des Garcon, Suno. Photos via &

Tapestry Canvas

Traditional tapestry patterns and textures – Decorative floral motifs – Crafted stitch looks – Woven structured prints – Striped and pattern effects – Folk art inspired

Carven, Valentino, Vivienne Tam, Nicole Miller, Dolce and Gabbana, Antonio Maras, Christian Cota, Vivienne Tam, Clements Ribeiro. Photo via

Check out Patternbank’s Catwalk print trend report part 2 – here.


Rei Kawakubo never seizes to amaze and delight in all that she creates. Her A/W collection for 2012 was just that, a visual theatre of models in oversize flat shapes of bold colour and pattern reminiscent of a matisse painting. Solid shapes of colour were like gigantic pieces of fuzzy felt walking down the catwalk. Graphic camouflage was mixed with child like flowers and others with Alice in Wonderland checkerboards. Polka dots also featured which reminded us that Yayoi Kusama at The Tate Modern is going to be another great artist influencing the print world. As Kawakubo nicely puts it “The future is two dimensional.” Images

Dries Van Notens’ womenswear  A/W 2012 collection was not only a Textile Designers dream but one that showed pieces for everyday wear.
There was structured tailoring in the form of engineered ethnic prints inspired by visits to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In particular the decorative arts and costumes of the world. Textiles from China, Japan and Korea were photographed then assembled into beautiful collages. Embellishment took form as embroidered birds in flight or dragons on elegant jackets for evening wear or, for those of us who dare, day or night! For some Textile inspiration the Victoria and Albert Museum is certainly somewhere to while away a day or much longer! If London is not on your doorstep then order yourself a copy of ” Dress in Detail From Around The World” by Rosemary Crill, Jennifer Wearden and Verity Wilson here. Images

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Missoni’s A/W 2012 Collection was an array of textured earthy yarns and  prints with references to nature. Their signature look was of course still evident but things looked more organic this time round. Earthy threads twisted their way around like contours on a map and knits resembled tree bark. A Collection that seemed to be heading in a great new direction. Images via

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The dark tale of a damson fleeing from a burning country mansion was how Giles Deacon described his idea for his A/W collection. The prints told the story of bejewelled burnished tapestries of Renaissance Art, frosted thistles with roses caught and a tangle of thorns and branches. There was a Victorian feel to them, rather prim and proper but lurking underneath something more bewitching. Images via

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Michael Van De Hams signature collaged dresses have come a long way since graduating from Central St Martins when he wowed the fashion set. For this collection the designer morphed different fabrications of printed and crushed organza, textured jacquards, metallic wool and gold lace appliquéd on to sheer jacquard. His inspiration came from Veronica Lake and the Ziegfeld Follies adding a touch of Hollywood glamour to his creations. This culminated in an array of sequins, glitter and gold that any girl would long for. 

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One of the print highlights from the recent London runway shows, has been Christopher Brook and Bruno Basso’s Fall/Winter RTW 2012 collection. Inspired by Matisse’s paper cut masterpieces. Simple silhouettes are elevated with frenzied collage and geometric pattern motif prints.  Tangerine hues, mix with Tan, Lavender, poppy and cobalt to create a confident colour story that brings the clashing prints to life.

Patternbank loves Basso and Brooks clever use of intense pattern.  This collection throws the print guide book out of the window and gives simple silhouettes intense visual impact.

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It was to the sweet song of “Who will Buy?”(from the musical Oliver) that Marc Jacobs  treated us  to the theatrical delights of models dressed in dapper oversized coats with glittery paisley-patterned jacquards, wonky fur hats and Dickensian buckled shoes.

As they emerged from the amazing crooked cut out house, built by artist friend Rachel Feinstein, everyones spirits were lifted. This was fashion at its best, for a world in the grim realities of economic downturn, it was pure fantasy and escapism. Saying that, we will all be looking for a great oversize coat this winter and a crocheted stole, fastened of course, with a giant safety pin!


With New York Fashion Week in full swing these Fall 2012 – 2013 collections have really caught our eye. Here are some of our favourites so far, which for us stand out for the love of print, beautiful fabrics, sophisticated colour and original, thought provoking ideas. Enjoy!

Justin Thorton and Thea Bregazzi chose the romance of botanical flowers and panel prints with reference to Beatrix Potter for their Fall Collection. They didn’t stop there but chose to incorporate these with vivid colours of green, red and a vibrant orange using panels of sharp blocks of colour for a sophisticated look. The injection of a painterly brushstroke in blue that came from looking at Abstract Expressionists like Jasper Johns was a much welcome addition. As was the Shimmering sequin printed fabric and embroidery with tarnished silver beading.