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Patternbank brings you our latest in-depth catwalk trend report. Highlighting the key Spring/Summer 2018 Print and Pattern trends from the latest New York, London, Paris and Milan catwalk and runway shows. The team has gathered information from the designer’s collections and compiled a selection of the most prominent print looks trending for SS 2018 together with an insight into the key colours for the season.

  • 10 print trend stories for Spring/Summer 2018
  • Over 68 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence
  • Over 400 on trend hand-picked images
  • Covers New York, London, Paris & Milan SS18 shows
  • The top 24 print focused shows highlighted
  • 6 colour trends for SS18
  • The essential print catwalk analysis trend report for every brand, designer, and studio.
  • Fantastic value – £60/$75/€70

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Patternbank recently teamed up with ‘Make It In Design‘ and supplied our Spring/Summer 18 print trend forecast intelligence to inspire and guide their Summer School pattern course. We’ve selected our key pattern highlights from the recently published galleries.

SS18 – PALE GARDEN

Check out the full gallery for the Pale Garden Summer trend brief here. View and purchase the Patternbank studio’s designs for the Pale Garden Summer trend collection.

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Mixing pop culture icons with stylised artworks, designer BFGF caught our eye recently. These fresh homewares are the work of Lilian Martinez who calls her creative endeavor BFGF an “Art Brand”. Patternbank were drawn to the compelling randomness of the content. Simpson’s characters, sports brand logos, historic female sculptures, and basketballs all feature within her work. Mixing history, pop culture elements, and tropical plant life to create amazing art pieces. Based in California BFGF sells through her website and Society6.

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Justyna Wołodkiewicz creates wonderful abstract and beautifully unique embroideries, adding polymer clay to produce 3-Dimensional surfaces, that appear to grow from their traditional wooden hoops. Each piece is unique in colour, texture and shape, evolving in a spontaneous and organic way. The finished pieces look a little bit like living organisms or curious plant life from the deep, you can see more on her Instagram and purchase her works from her Etsy shop.

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We recently went to Première Vision New York at Pier 94 on the 18 – 19 July 2017. It was a great show with all the studios and fabric manufacturers ready for the new Autumn/Winter 2018 /19 season. Whilst we were there, we took the opportunity of visiting the trend forum areas. Many thanks to our eyes and ears in New York and Patternbank Designer Alice Lam of Circlealine.

Below is our quick recap of the key print trends that the Premiere Vision Fashion teams have highlighted for Autumn/Winter 2018/19.

Rough Textures / Marble Paintings / Raw Soft / Shadowy Depth / Metallicized Mineral Surfaces / Tonal Darks / Cloudy Uneven / Tone on Tone

Image credits: Marble Texture Blue Black White Patterns by Oana Soare, Fluorite – Minerva Mine, Hardin Co, Illinois, Found on Pinterest, Elie Saab Resort 2018, Fingal’s Cave Scotland, Underwater Sea Cave Found on Pinterest, Crystal Cave Rock, Oil by Ray Collins, Psyche Marbled Swim by Alice Lam


1920’s Gothic / Inverted Florals / Large Scale Blossoms / Elaborate Placements / Rich Borders / Enigmatic Opulence / Rich Tones / Dyed Shearling

Image credits: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries ABC, Victorian Gothic Found on Pinterest, Dark Garden by Susi JianyiAutumn Plants and Leaves Gradient Background by Oana Soare, Zardozi Embroidery, Lithograph Dark Floral Pattern by Omerta, Fendi Couture Fall 2017


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Patternbank are loving this visually enhanced photographic series entitled ‘Constructed’, by artist, illustrator and designer Pawel Nolbert. Pawel blends graphic and photography elements and poses questions like: where does the “photo” end and “graphy” begin?  The use of what tools make it a photography, and distinct it from a graphic? Does it make sense to create that distinction anymore?
Pawel has a high calibre of companies that he has worked for, these include Nike, Google, Apple, Sony and Disney to name a few. See more of his jaw dropping work at nolbert.com

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Patternbank brings you a snapshot of our favourite print designers seen at the recent  New Designers Graduate show in London.

The Patternbank team once again had the privilege of experiencing this years emerging talent at the New Designers Graduate show.  New Designers is the UK’s most important graduate design exhibition, full of innovation and fresh thinking. Part 1 of the graduate show focused on Textiles and surface pattern design courses and was the ultimate event to spot the next wave of creative talent to hit the industry.

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Check out this creative project by a group of Taiwanese art students from the National Taiwan University of the Arts. Hung I-chen, Geo Yi-hui and Cheng You-ti, produced a collection of tempting looking frozen lollypops in graphic, eye catching packaging, but with a sinister twist. Together they collected 100 samples of polluted water from locations throughout Taiwan, these were then frozen onto sticks and preserved in polyester resin and on close inspection the suspended pollutants and fragments of rubbish are clear to see. This project was designed to raise awareness about water pollution and its devastating impact the world over. Find out more about the project and how it was created on the group’s Facebook.

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Patternbank are loving the work of Tom Abbiss Smith. The recently graduated illustration artist from Norwich University Of The Arts, currently lives in Norwich, UK. Through both contemporary and traditional techniques such as digital collage, print making and painting, Tom explores shape and form to produce abstract works and illustrative outcomes. His work can be seen in various publications, including Creative Review, Wallpaper Magazine, Crack Magazine and Walnut Magazine. Tom’s most recent clients include Atelier Pichita, Whip Appeal Of Sweden, Unlimited Store and El Moderno Concept store. See more of Tom’s work and his recent collaborations here.

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Patternbank are excited to introduce our latest print trend tool that focuses on the kids & stationery market for SS18. Our Childrenswear trends team and our giftware experts have been researching and analysing the world of design, art and pattern to create this essential print & graphic trend report. With over 30 pages of inspirational mood, colour, print and graphic trend intelligence, this Spring/Summer trend forecast report aims to assist and inspire with all your new season developments and stationery products.

  • 5 Print trend stories: Electric Jungle / Orbital / Geo Dazzle /Ethnic Spirit / Oriental Creatures

  • Each trend theme is broken down into mood, print direction, graphic direction & colour

  • Over 30 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence

  • Over 50 directional hand-picked images

  • Colour palette breakdowns with Pantone TCX references

This report covers a broad spectrum of the season’s hottest pattern & graphic trends, and with 5 main trends, complete with Pantone® TCX references we are confident this wealth of choice and inspiration will provide a foundation in your creative developments for SS18.

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Dries Van Noten’s Fall 2017 Collection at Paris Fashion Week was a dazzling retrospective of some of his favourite prints from Chintz to Japanese Kimonos and mezmerizing geometrics, all re-worked into a collection of fabulous dresses. This was Dries 100th show and featured models that walked the catwalk for him back in 1993, a strong and lasting image of powerful women in powerful prints.

See the full Dries collection on Vogue.com

David McLeod’s work experiments with colour, form and texture in a truly modern way, pushing the boundaries to produce surreal, organic animations and compositions of curious, abstract shapes. His series “Colourflow” can be viewed on Vimeo as hypnotic displays of moving particles, not unlike a Starling Murmuration: where they form a fantastic acrobatic mass before roosting. Another playful side to his work are his typography explorations into different hair characteristics through a bad pun. Originally from Australia, he now lives and works in New York City, go check out more of his recent work on Instagram where you can find visual inspiration interspersed by wonderful natural images.

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The Patternbank team bring you Part 2 of our key Print & Pattern Trends from the Autumn/Winter 2017/18 Menswear Catwalk shows, alongside our curated trend driven print designs from The Patternbank Online Textile Studio. Check out more of our Fall 2017 prints at The Patternbank Studio.

ARTIST » Lou Dalton / Abstract Painting Mirrored Colourful marker by Oana Soare / Prada / Brush by Michele TozziJust Move by Jessica Halford / Commes Des Garcon

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com

FLORAL COVERS » Moschino / Facetasm / Summer Floral Lavender by Meryl Pardoen (Premium Studio) / Facetasm / Blue Flowers by Tim Lee (Premium Studio) / White and Black 01 by Beccy Bland / Dolce & Gabbana

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com

PATCHED UP » Commes Des Garcon / Vivienne Westwood / Topman / Commes Des Garcon / Vk36_Colored_Patchwork by Victoria Krupp / Gothic Generation by Michele Tozzi / Dolce & Gabbana

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com

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Josh Blackwell transforms the humble carrier bag into these elaborate and colourful pieces of artwork, where he considers their previous life and easy throw away nature. Instead their degraded status is brought to life with beautiful, colourful stitching in geometric patterns where references to a past life can be made. Discover more of his art objects and installations that explore and challenge the purpose and use of everyday items at joshblackwell.com

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Today Patternbank are featuring the work of print designer Soufiane Lafkih in our ongoing series highlighting our great designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Soufiane has an extensive collection of designs including hand painted florals and digitally created geometrics. We asked Soufiane about his education and what inspires him, “I had a styliste and graphiste diploma from ESMOD school Paris, which I chose because of my passion and love for the fashion and clothing styles. My sources of inspiration are nature first, I love how the colours harmonise with each other. As for fashion, I follow street styles and the seasonal catwalk shows and the fashion designer who inspires me the most is Dirk Bikkembergs.  Check out more of Soufiane’s work here on her Patternbank Studio profile page.

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