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The Patternbank team have been busy extracting all the key print looks for you in the final instalment of New York Fashion Week. Once again we saw designers take a trip to the 60’s and 70’s, with Glam rock and bohemian styling being the key print trends coming through from New York this Fall season. Look out for our forthcoming reports on London Fashion Week.

Libertine F/W16


Modern 60s Graphics & Prints -Pattern Riots – Funky Political Statements – Beautiful Embellishments –  Decorative Typography – OTT Styling & Patchworks

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Anna Sui F/W16


Sixties Enhanced Pattern – Modern Pop Art Plays  – New Biba References  – Psychedelic Prints  – Bohemian 60s Retro Prints

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Vivienne Tam F/W16


Turkisk Carpet Patterns – North Asian Traditional Costume References  – Eclectic Folkloric Plays  – Explored Patchwork & Ikat

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Justina Blakeney is obsessed with tropicals and bohemian treasures and her latest collaboration with Hygge & West is just that. Rich tropical prints in beautiful colours, delicate ethnic patterns and bold conversational palm prints will brighten your home in these dark winter nights. Blakeney is an expert at transforming homes (including her own Jungalow in Los Angeles) into beautiful bohemian palaces with lush tropical gardens. A knack for display and eccentric vintage finds has enabled her to work with the likes of Anthropologie, 1st Dibs, OneKingsLane, eBay, CB2,and Joss & Main. Check out Blakeney’s Blog, Pinterest and Instagram for more cheering inspiration.



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Patternbank brings you a snapshot of the key trends happening on the high street for A/W 15/16. This powerful  Black & White statement continues to be strong within print trends pushing through this Autumn, after the colourful hues of late Summer.



Silhouetted Blooms / Flowing Floral Placement / Linear Effects / Dense Coverage

Anthropologie / Givenchy / Issa / ReissMonsoon / Chloe / Marks & Spencer


Folk Inspired / Stylised Florals / Embroidery & Appliqué / Decorative Borders

French Connection / Marks & Spencer / Temperley London / Valentino / Monsoon / Urban Outfitters


Painted Effects / Drips and Dabbed / Mottled Brush Marks / Random Pattern

Anthropologie / A.L.C / French Connection / Whistles/ MCQ Alexander McQueen / Anthropologie


Niave Geometrics / Navaho Prints / Ethnic Borders / Bold Stripes

Chloe / Karen Millen / Monsoon / Sea / Monsoon  / Valentino


Tribal meets the streets in these pattern rich artworks by Texan artist Terry Hays. These pieces ranging from scavenged tree roots to intricately cut wall mounted boards are a riot of pattern and texture. With stylised flames licking at graffiti tags and Aboriginal marks combining with tattoo imagery, its hard to tear your eyes away from this feast of colour and texture. To see more and learn about the processes involved in creating the finished piece visit Terry’s blog here.



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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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In the final instalment of Fall/Winter 15/16 New York Fashion Week we’ve featured some of the key designers on the runway. Here the Patternbank team have edited through all the New York shows to bring you a quick overview of the strongest print focused collections. Watch out for our print highlight posts for the London, Milan and Paris shows, coming soon on Patternbank.

Vivienne Tam A/W 15/16


East meets West Styling – Ornate Baroque Prints – Late 17th Chinese Art References – Decorative Birds and Bonsai Tree Scenic Patterns – Inspiration of Victorian and traditional Asian prints

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Thakoon A/W 15/16


Bouclé stripes – Folksy Bohemia – Terracotta Florals on Dark Grounds – Colour Blocking – Rich Floral Embroideries – Rustic Tones – Unicorn and Floral Sequin Looks

Thakoon photos via

Tanya Taylor A/W 15/16


Plaid Prints –  Optical Stripe Effects – Holographic Fish Spines Motifs – Abstract Reef Reference Prints – Ocean Inspired Prints – Outlined Pattern

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Opening Ceremony A/W 15/16


Colourful Film Brand Logo Use – Collage Prints – Photo Contact Sheet Prints – Cut and Paste Allover Photo Pattern

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Libertine A/W 15/16


Cosmic Background Pattern – Random Motif Patches – Bold Brush Stokes – Andy Warhol References – Photographic Collages

Libertine photos via

Gary Graham A/W 15/16


Reworked Tapestry Looks – Stylised Tribal Detail – Intricate Border Prints – East Meets West Styling – Crafted Ethnic Marks & Pattern Motifs

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Honor A/W 15/16


Woodland & Fauna Pattern – Simplified Folkloric Print Plays – Symmetrical Effects – Graphic Pattern Structure – Winter Folk References

Honor photos via

Diane von Furstenberg A/W 15/16


Bold Brush Marks – Dark Ground Florals Prints – Polka Dot & Pinstripe Mixes – Mottled Pattern – Large Scale Polka Dots

Diane von Furstenberg photos via

Costello Tagliapietra A/W 15/16


Digital Woodland Prints – Large Scale Photoprints – Natural Striping Effects – Bark and Tree Pattern

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Carolina Herrera A/W 15/16


Digital Cloud Prints – Embroidered Swan Graphic – Linear Waves – Water Drop Print – Water Ripple Print – Houndstooth & Chevron Pattern

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Collections of bones, bottle caps, perhaps an antique piece or a found object, these are the ingredients which form the sculptural work of artist Lucien Shapiro. ‘My pieces are built from the beauty of objects that are no longer being used for their original purpose’, says Lucien,’I am obsessed with the process of turning objects that some view as ugly or useless into hidden treasures filled with beauty’. This is inspirational recycling as an art form see more of Lucien’s stunning creations here.



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The Patternbank team are loving Anthropologie’s AW14-15 womenswear collections. We’ve picked out a handful of trends from a truly eclectic mix of inspirational prints ranging from the modern tribal looks to worn and faded oriental rug patterns, and an artistic mix of expressive florals and painterly brushed effects to Middle Eastern tiles and mosaics. Visit Anthropologie to see the full range of apparel and sneak a peak at Starla Michelle Halfmann’s range of painted plates and cushions in House & Home.

Modern Tribe


Bagan Shift Dress  –   Second Female Garcia Jumpsuit  –   Patchprint Henley

Janie Swing Dress  –  Blank Patchwork Loop Scarf  –  Abelia Dress

Rugs & Paisleys


Faye Joggers    –  Medallion-Cut Dress   –  Soft Paisley Jacket

Arborea Dress –  Double-Take Cardiga  – Galina Print Dress

Inks & Ombré


Sea Breeze Maxi Dress –  Celestial Cashmere Scarf  –  Second Female Verdant Skies Dress

Brushed Plaid Dress  – Blank Hylda Tunic  – Fresno Ikat Dress

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Patternbank recently visited the Selvedge Winter Fair which was held in the grand venue of Chelsea Town Hall at the end of October. For any of you unfamiliar with Selvedge, this independent, bi-monthly magazine covers textiles in fashion, craft, interiors, art, history, travel and shopping, phew! For anyone interested in craft and design this fair is pure indulgence. With stalls holding amazing vintage finds and creations from the most innovative crafts people, this fair offers not only a great shopping opportunity but also a chance to spend a few hours browsing this hub of creativity. Keep a lookout for the next event and see more from the Selvedge team here.


Hen Street Art  / Biceberta


Fable & Base / Alizarin

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Today we are featuring the work of textile print designer Erceylanus, in our ongoing series highlighting the fantastic designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Ersin Ceylan graduated from Mimar Sinan Faculty of Fine Arts Textile and Fashion Design in Istanbul and has been designing textiles since 1997, working with several Turkish Fashion houses creating prints for fashion and homeware. Nature and clever plays of light and colour dominate Ersin’s ever expanding creations and with the new improvements in digital printing his works diversity is limitless.

Little White Flower available exclusively on our Online Textile Design Studio


Crocodile Color Skin available exclusively on our Online Textile Design Studio

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The Patternbank Team thought we would share the work of Mark Whalen, Australian born artist who is currently showing at the Melbourne Art Fair with blackartprojects. Based in Los Angeles, Whalen’s work depicts outer-space environments using geometric perspective, illustrating rituals and ancient cultures with strange characters that dance, contort and interact in unusual ways. Check out more of his work including beautiful ceramics at

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The Patternbank team are loving the expressive illustrations of Spanish artist Diego Marmolejo. Barcelona based illustrator Marmolejo describes himself as ‘a normal person who draws weird stuff, I talk with my fingers’. We love his beautiful illustrations which combine strong colour, floral pattern and strange goings on – amazing stuff. Check out more of his playful artworks on his site



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Studio Job founders Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel raided their archive to create a unique wallpaper range for Dutch brand NLXL which debuted at The Milan Furniture Fair In April 2014. Patternbank love the collection which comprises seven designs: Industry, Labyrinth, Perished, Alt Deutsch, L’Afrique and Withered Flowers where existing drawings, icons, images and patterns were used to create unique nine-metre running compositions without any repetition. Studio Job have also produced a line of contemporary rugs for Nodus and have collaborated with various likeminded brands such as Bulgari, Land Rover, L’Oreal, Moooi, Swarovski, Viktor & Rolf, Vlisco and Volvo.


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Be inspired by our next round up of the Menswear Collections for Spring/Summer 15 at the Paris catwalk shows. Patternbank have edited the key print looks for this season which showed strong bold pattern mixing from geometric brights and muted brush marks to Ikat ethnics and whimsical animals.

Comme des Garçons Shirt S/S 15


Bold Geometrics – Optical Pattern – Kaleidoscopic Print Mixes – Patched Gingham & Retro Floral – Polka Dots – Clashing Brights – Psychedelic movement – Fractured Geometrics

Comme des Garçons Shirt photos via

Yohji Yamamoto S/S 15


Kaleidoscopic Pattern – Muted Colour Pallet – Inky Brush Marks – Folds and Highlights – Simplistic Mandala – Dry Brush Work – Indonesian Textiles – Over Printed Pattern – Textured Backgrounds

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Raf Simons S/S 15


Japanese Landscape Prints – Bold Graphic Pattern – Over-scaled Imagery – Hokusai Paintings – Photographic Placements – Graphic Florals – Wave Prints – Checker Board Collage

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Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S 15


Illustrated Landscape – Ethnic and Stripe Mix – Ikat and Foulard Pattern Pieces – Over Dyed Check – Ombré Dye Techniques – Oversized Patched Denim – Abstract Camouflage Pattern

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Today we are featuring the work of textile print designer Kerrie Cauvin in our ongoing series highlighting the fantastic designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Based in Sydney, Australia Kerrie has been designing for the apparel industry for over 10 years. Inspired by vintage textiles, nature, amazing colour and digital possibilities, Kerrie loves to explore all forms of media, mixing her distinctive hand drawn quality with digital techniques.

“I love to experiment using hand created artwork, sketches, photos, watercolour/painterly textures mixing them with Photoshop, iPad apps and Illustrator. This allows a very loose and playful approach, embracing “mistakes” and how they produce amazing and interesting shapes and design. On the other hand, I also love vintage florals and quirky conversationals which require a more structured design approach, so my work is really a varied mix of these 2 ways of working. Colour is a big inspiration and I find great examples through nature, catwalks, art and photography.”

Patternbank particularly love her use of colour and bold pattern-making which suits a varied marketplace from women’s fashion, swimwear, stationery and kidswear. See more of her profile page here. The featured design above is Dark Forest and is available exclusively on the Patternbank Studio as are all the designs shown here.


Kerrie also has many designs in Patternbank Premium our exclusive area for key buyers in the fashion industry. Patternbank Premium offers one-off bespoke designs (once a design is sold it is instantly removed from the site), this section of the site is a members-only area where you need to apply for access.


Gypsy Floral available exclusively on our Online Textile Print Design Studio


Dark Floral available exclusively on our Online Textile Print Design Studio

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Patternbank were at last weeks Pick Me Up graphic arts festival(24th April-5th May), the UK’s best annual contemporary graphic art fair at Somerset House, London. Now in it’s Fifth year the show has grown to be a great place to spot new and upcoming talent with original works and prints available to purchase.

Patternbank highlights the strongest Illustrators, graphic artists and studios seen at the festival this year.


Recent Graphic Design graduate from Central St Martins, Edward has already been championed by It’s Nice That and WRAP magazine. His highly original style combines bright colours, uniform width black outlines and a natural flair for creating narrative-rich imagery.



French-American illustrator and animator Jessica was born in Los Angeles and moved to France when she was 7 years old. She studied traditional animation techniques in Paris, where she now lives, and graduated in 2006. Since then she has worked on the TV adaption of French illustrator Marc Boutavant’s Mouk around the World as a character and prop designer, before establishing her studio in 2010. Inspired by children’s books and popular culture, her work is inhabited by colourful and quirky creatures.

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The Patternbank team spotted this stunning photo shoot from Russian publication Architectural Digest and had to share. These images are an intense and explosive mix of vibrant colour and eye catching pattern. Here showcasing some beautiful interior and upholstery fabrics to bring things to life. Russian Photographer Olga Volkova Tuponogova and stylist Natalia Obukhov have created a African pattern feast – enjoy.




(Seen Via Honestlywtf)