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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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Patternbank bring you the final highlights from Paris fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015/16.  We will be looking back at all the collections and compiling our findings looking in detail at the key print and pattern trends for the season ahead, this inspirational report which will be available to buy on the site.

Valentino A/W 15/16

Realistic feather Prints – Enchanted Forests – Mythical Creatures – Decorative Lace Ensembles – Quilted Patchworks – Simple Flower Shapes – Clustered Florals – Embroidered Butterflys – Chinese Ornament

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Andrew Gn A/W 15/16

Decorative and Stylised – Bold Borders – Geometric Tiles – Abstract Ikats – Stylised Floral Silhouettes – Tapestry and Carpet Patterns – Embroidered Silks – Rocco Swirls – Decorative Placement Embroideries – Mono Floral Exotics

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Kenzo A/W 15/16

Ribbon Stripes – Bold Line Variation – Vertical Stripes – Paint Marks – Textured Dabs – 3-Dimensional Geos – Camo Texture – Zig-Zag Stripes – Stylised Florals – Oriental Chinoiserie

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Isabel Marant A/W 15/16

Ethnic Borders – Rug Texture and Pattern – Ikat Mixtures – Breton Stripes – Black and White Simplicity – Micro Floral Texture – Bold Ethnics

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Chloe A/W 15/16

Patchwork Knitwear Mix-up – Vintage Eclectic – Delicate Botanical Studies – Dark Nature – Bohemian Pattern Mixes

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Leonard A/W 15/16

Distressed Fabrications – Jacquard Pattern Texture – Delicate Distress Print – Worn Areas – Merging Pattern Marks – Geometric Allovers – Oriental Style Florals – Detailed and Unfinished Areas

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Vivienne Westwood A/W 15/16

Large Scale Rose Prints – Painterly Applications – Slogan Graphics – Chintz Style tapestries – Small Floral Clusters – Eclectic Fabric Mixing

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Givenchy A/W 15/16

Peacock Feather Prints – Victoriana Styles – Detailed Border Patterns – Subtle Colour Changes – Rocco and Baroque – Rich Velvets

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John Galliano A/W 15/16

Stylised Leaf Prints – Outline Details – Metallic Surfaces – Fish Scale Texture – Characterful Goldfish Placements – Abstract Stiched Work – Geometric Pattern Mixes – Playful Fish Embellishments – Sequin Decoration

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Sacai A/W 15/16

Abstract Stripes – Bold Chevron Prints – Mismatched Placements – Constructed Stripe Ideas – Reinvented Traditionals – Check Mixtures – Reworked Knitwear – Fairisle Patterns

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Christian Dior A/W 15/16

Organic Shapes – Bold Abstracts – Futuristic Camo – Amorphous Imagery – Abstract Animal Prints – Unusual Colour Combos

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Tsumori Chisato A/W 15/16

Comic Book Layouts  – Super Hero Imagery – Abstract Placements – Illustrative Styles – Humour Graphics – Naive Drawing Style – Bold Graphic Prints – Textured Areas

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It’s incredible to think these paintings by Peter Young were not only produced 30 years ago but that they are paintings and not computer generated patterns. They were first exhibited in 1984 and continued work that Young produced in the mid-1960’s of woven grid’s and the brilliant colour and mirror symmetry of his Rorschach-like vertical fold paintings of the early 1970’s. Created with a series of dots and lines the paintings are almost hypnotic in their density and intricateness, evoking patterns from circuit boards or the underside of carpets. You can see more of Peter Young’s work at Algus Greenspon where he exhibited last year.


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Barbara Takenaga’s paintings are like looking at an underwater kingdom, cosmic horizons dazzling in their infinite and radiant beauty. Swirls of graduated dots move across the painting like tentacles and sleeping sea urchins lurk beneath shimmering seas. There is real order to this seemingly chaotic pattern keeping the viewer both engaged and mesmerized at the same time. Formerly a printmaker, Barbara Takenaga lives and works in New York and Williamstown, MA. You can see more of her precise worlds at


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Scott Waterman has created these rather lovely symmetrical prints by taking his original paintings and using a bit of photoshop magic on them. Of course when the original work is so interesting with different layers of washed colour, detailed drawing and an almost botanical look, the end result is nothing short of brilliant. You can see more of his work on and at We particularly enjoyed seeing his studio space and his cat.



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