Milan’s Fashion Week, RTW Fall 17 show was a riot of colour, texture and pattern when Dolce & Gabbana’s latest collection hit the runway. The collection was all about real people, with 140 individuals from all ethnicities, walks of life and ages, kitted out in individually tailored looks, with Dolce & Gabbana’s signature overload of florals, animals and opulence.
The Patternbank Team have been analysing the latest Pre-Fall 2017 collections and have put together the strongest print trends alongside designs from the Patternbank Online Textile Design Studio that perfectly complement each story. The Pre-Fall 2017 collections give us a sneak preview of what we can expect from the Autumn/Winter 2017 Catwalk shows. Slightly more commercially focused, but nevertheless important in their instant availability and timely showings.
Adam Lippes / Floral Love by Angela23 / Altuzarra / Lovely Flowers Vector by Marilia / Tropical 11 by Bauhaus / Gucci / Mystical Garden by Flavia Lozano / Gucci
Fashion photographer Nick Knight has a real passion for the English Tea Rose and takes time out of his day to pick the blooms straight from his own garden, recording with a smartphone and uploading straight to Instagram. Patternbank love his whole feed which is full of fashion and art inspiration and would love to have a view into this garden full of beautiful roses. Nick Knight is a pioneer in the digital age with his fashion website Showstudio.
Patternbank caught up with Claire Foster, vintage collector and owner of Sourced Vintage Studio, to hear her thoughts on the catwalk’s influence, on current print and pattern trends.
What key vintage prints or historic eras are you feeling will be influences next season?
I’m really feeling the romanticism of the renaissance period being a big influencer on florals for the more feminine for womenswear that has been gaining pace – especially for dresses and occasion wear. Also I think that historic interior prints, opulent Baroque in particular, look interesting for winter – in heavier fabrics and particularly for outerwear. I also love the gothic black-out florals that have been evolving over the past couple of seasons and think they will be really important for A/W 16/17.
The Patternbank Team have analysed all the key print trends at London Fashion Week and today we bring you Part 1 of the highlights from the first of the shows. Here we saw an abundance of glamorous chintzy florals with a tinge of gothic romanticism. There were a riot of clashing prints too, where dressing up to excess seems to be this seasons hot trend. Watch out for Part 2 of London’s best to follow.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi A/W 16/17
Layered Photographic Florals – Chintzy Glamour – Floral and Check Mixes – Tonal Camouflage Florals – Romantic Scrolls – Gothic Velvet Devore – Delicate Laced Layers – Distressed Texture – Mixed Pattern Overlays
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi photos via Vogue.com
Mary Katrantzou A/W 16/17
Fifties Americana – Rodeo Stars and Stripes – Appliquéd Cowboy Detailing – Glittered Scrolls and Swirls – Fairground Decoration – Psychedelic Abstract Shapes – Dressing Up Box – Abstract Butterfly Prints – Bold Outlines
Mary Katrantzou photos via Vogue.com
Patternbank thought we’d share artist Danielle Clough’s fabulous embroidered vintage tennis and badminton rackets which have been doing the rounds on all the very best blogs this month. Vibrant and quirky with thick brightly textured yarns weaving their way across tough strings, Danielle’s flowers look completely at home. Not surprisingly all Danielle’s rackets have sold out after being featured on Colossal, Creative Boom, plus many other great sites so guess what she’s serving up some more and starting an online store.
Pascal Jaouen is a master of embroidery and first made his name in high-end ready to wear where he invited the public to view his work during the collections. Now working as a tutor Jaouen shares his knowledge with other keen embroiderers wanting to learn traditional and more modern techniques at The Art Embroidery School where he works. If you fancy your hand at one of the courses you can sign up here.
Patternbank have been feeling the Christmas vibe and have been checking out the latest styles on the high street for christmas this year. We have put together some key looks spotted in the shops and of course online from simple modern geo patterns, bright neon pops of colour, fun imagery, we love the space theme very current with our own astronaut up in space right now and beautiful crafted looks, the choice is yours. Happy Christmas dressing!
Different Tree Wrap – John Lewis, Eldan Christmas Tree Decs – Habitat, Geo Reindeer – Cox and Cox, Borba Christmas Tree Decs – Habitat, Boutique Iron Gem Geo Drop – John Lewis, Fir Tree Card – Luna & Curious, DIY Washy Tape Gift Wrap – almostmakesperfect.com, Hanging Paper Fan – Selfridges, Noel Placemats – Habitat
Dinara Mirtalipova, Christmas Napkin Set – Coral & Tusk, Kraft Lace Tree Charity Christmas Cards – Habitat, Wooden Reindeer Tags – Meri Meri, Rico Christmas Cross Stitch Stamp – John Lewis, Paper Christmas Tree, Heaven Sends – Selfridges, Reindeer Gift Bag – Meri Meri
Beaded UFO – Conran Shop, Man on the Moon Gift Wrap – John Lewis, Glittery Blue and Silver Bauble – Conran Shop, Robot Snowman – Conran Shop, Starbust LED Window Light – John Lewis, Paper Planet Decoration – Conran Shop
Monica Rohan’s paintings so beautifully depict her love of nature and highly patterned textiles, she is particularly inspired by artist Edouard Vuillard and his use of pattern. Rohan grew up in South East Queensland where her rural upbringing has inspired and strengthened a love of natural surroundings often remote, that brings with it that same sense of isolation that can be found in her paintings. The subjects (herself) are always hidden, buried in a mass of textiles or overgrown nature wrapped in a playful yet slightly anxious way almost swallowing her up. Powerful and physical at the same time her paintings are certainly thought provoking and with two exhibitions selling out she has certainly captivated a growing audience. You can see more of her work at janmurphygallery.com and sophiegannongallery.com
Milan is upping it’s game this season and Spring/Summer 2016 runway was filled with an abundance of rich, decorative prints and an inspiring variation on trends from the designers, who were not always following the norm. Take Prada for instance who went out on a limb and gave us a bit of everything going, a mash-up of seventies wallpapers to mid-century modern, it all came together in the usual sophisticated Prada way. Gucci also went for a mixing pot of ideas from oriental to expensive vintage with just the right amount of frills and decoration. Etro with their usual affinity towards textiles brought a romantic folk look to the fore, where beautiful embroidery prints took centre stage in delicate silhouettes. Catch Milan Part 2 later this week and the Paris Shows next week.
Pretty Floral Mixes – Framed Borders – Soft Watercolour – Antique Looking Textiles – Romantic Folk Prints – Fairytale Lace – Frills and Tie Detailing – Placed Layouts – Dark Backgrounds
Etro Photos via Vogue.co.uk
Bold Stripe plays – Geometric Colour Blocks – Exaggerated Embellishment – Mid Century Modern Checks – Magpie Mash-up – Seventies Wallpaper Styles
Prada Photos via Vogue.co.uk
Alberta Ferretti S/S16
Abstract Butterfly wings – Large Scale Geometric – Placed Border Pattern – Ethnic Rug Designs – Delicate Lace – Heavily Embroidered Leaves – Burnt Rust Colour Palettes
Alberta Ferretti Photos via Vogue.co.uk
Bottega Veneta S/S16
Abstract Stitching – Heavy Threads and Cords – Applique Meshwork – Leopard and Crochet Mixes – Broken Camouflage – Distressed Ethnic
Bottega Veneta Photos via Vogue.co.uk
Statement Embroideries – Fancy Fabric Mixes – Vintage Styles – Oriental Florals and Scenes – Glittering Disco References – Granny Chic – Pixellated Florals – Seventies Geometrics
Gucii Photos via Vogue.co.uk
Emilio Pucci S/S16
Sparkling Sequin Texture – Elaborate Threads – Embroidered Sea Creatures – Sea Shells and Mystical Sea Gods – Contrasting Birdlife Prints – Deep Sea Underworlds
Emilip Pucci Photos via Vogue.co.uk
Luisa Beccaria S/S16
Simple Floral Repeats – Pretty Climbing Stems – Romantic Roses – Rosebud Petals – Downton Abbey Style – Floral Clusters – Delicate Applique Petals
Luisa Beccaria Photos via Vogue.co.uk
Delicate Candy Stripes – Heavy Placement Embroidery – Shirting Stripes – Silhouette Rose Stems – Bold Colour Blocks – Deep Borders – Diagonal Geometrics
Blumarine Photos via Vogue.co.uk
Marco de Vincenzo S/S16
Oriental Pattern Mixes – Ombre Abstract Placements – Feathery Texture – Vasarely Optics – Exotic Chrysanthemums – Ombre Stripes – Kimono Patchworks
Marco de Vincenzo Photos via Vogue.co.uk
Stylised Floral Illustrations – Stars and Hearts – Seventies Pictorial – Conversational Playfulness – Fun Stylised Portraits
Giamba Photos via vogue.co.uk
The Patternbank team returned to Bovey Tracey in Devon for The Contemporary Craft Festival 5-7 June 2015. This year the festival picked up 2 Gold Best Event awards in Devon and Silver for South West Tourism Event of the Year. The Contemporary Craft Festival is one of the UK’s largest craft events with over 200 diverse and talented makers of ceramics, textiles, mixed media, jewellery, glass and furniture. Here are some of our favourites from the day.
Working with ceramics and paper Katrin Moye focuses on surface decoration, with patterns referencing personal memories, literature, family history and folk art. In particular her childhood memories of Germany in 1970’s with references to her German family roots and Scandinavian style influences from her Danish godmother.
Bryony Rose creates whimsical animals sculpted from beautiful vintage fabrics adding details in lace and decorative buttons. We particularly love her playful mice balanced on old cotton reels, so pretty.
Unique, vibrant and decorative would best describe Ella Robinson’s one of pieces of driftwood and washed-up artefacts collected from the south coast of England. Driftwood is made interesting with stitched patterns, cacti imagery and wrapped in brilliant striped threads.
Last week New York’s Metropolitan Museum launched its latest exhibition ‘China Through The Looking glass’ . Organised by The Costume Institute in collaboration with the Department of Asian Art, the exhibition explores the influence of Chinese arts and aesthetics on western fashion, and its historical references throughout film, art and design. Chinese costume and vintage ceramics sit alongside modern creations from designers such as John Galliano, Valentino and Roberto Cavalli, with excerpts of Chinese cinema playing throughout the exhibition revealing its powerful influence on our understanding of Chinese culture. The exhibition is on until August 16th if you’re fortunate enough to be stateside, if not check out the museum website here.
Mary Katrantzou F/W11/12 Fashion Shoot
Film still from Daughter of the Dragon,1931 – Ralph Lauren Fall/Winter 11/12
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
Valentino photos via Vogue.co.uk
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
Andrew Gn photos via Vogue.co.uk
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
Kenzo photos via Vogue.co.uk
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
Isabel Marant photos via Vogue.co.uk
Chloe A/W 15/16
Patchwork Knitwear Mix-up – Vintage Eclectic – Delicate Botanical Studies – Dark Nature – Bohemian Pattern Mixes
Chloe photos via Vogue.co.uk
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
Leonard photos via Vogue.co.uk
Vivienne Westwood A/W 15/16
Large Scale Rose Prints – Painterly Applications – Slogan Graphics – Chintz Style tapestries – Small Floral Clusters – Eclectic Fabric Mixing
Vivienne Westwood photos via Vogue.co.uk
Givenchy A/W 15/16
Peacock Feather Prints – Victoriana Styles – Detailed Border Patterns – Subtle Colour Changes – Rocco and Baroque – Rich Velvets
Givenchy photos via Vogue.co.uk
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
John Galliano photos via Vogue.co.uk
Sacai A/W 15/16
Abstract Stripes – Bold Chevron Prints – Mismatched Placements – Constructed Stripe Ideas – Reinvented Traditionals – Check Mixtures – Reworked Knitwear – Fairisle Patterns
Sacai photos via Vogue.co.uk
Christian Dior A/W 15/16
Organic Shapes – Bold Abstracts – Futuristic Camo – Amorphous Imagery – Abstract Animal Prints – Unusual Colour Combos
Christian Dior photos via Vogue.co.uk
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
Tsumori Chisato photos via Vogue.co.uk
The Patternbank team travelled to Paris this February to absorb and experience Première Vision’s spectacular Spring/Summer 2016 show. Along with thousands of fashion professionals, designers and students flocking to Parc d’ Expositions, the team joined the throng to gather and record Première Vision’s print and pattern trend forecasts for Spring/Summer 2016.
With the information collected from the various trend forums, we have analysed and condensed our findings to select eight print and pattern trends for S/S 16. These eight trends have been split into two different print looks with directional images and catwalk references for your convenience. Together with Première Vision’s colour forecast this concise trend report will be an essential design tool to inspire and direct your print and pattern developments for S/S 16.
8 Première Vision print trends for Spring/Summer 2016
34 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence
Over 120 on trend hand-picked images
Première Vision Colour trends for S/S 2016 with Pantone TCX references
Along with the 8 inspirational Première Vision print trends we’ve picked out a selection of stock print which perfectly compliment each story, these can be purchased separately from the Patternbank Studio.
Patternbank bring the highlights of print and pattern from Paris Fashion week today. Geometrics and colour blocks were a recurring theme as were rich ethnic prints and oriental patterns. Look out for the final Paris shows and our in-depth report of all the key print and pattern trends of Autumn/Winter 15/16 from the latest New York, London, Milan and Paris catwalk shows.
Balmain A/W 15/16
Bold Colour Blocking – Jewel Colours – Vertical Stripes – Geometric Blocks – Abstract Camouflage – Tropical Leaf Camo – Overlapping Shapes
Balmain photos via Vogue.co.uk
Carven A/W 15/16
Retro Floral Pattern – Simplified Daisy – Kimono Style Florals – Clustered Groups – Rounded Petals – Chinoiserie Bright Prints – Trailing Foliage
Carven photos via Vogue.co.uk
Dries Van Noten A/W 15/16
Oriental Floral and Foliage – Rich Brocades and Trims – Japanese Motifs – Iridescent Texture – Oriental Cloud Patterns – Layered Pattern Styles – Eclectic Mixes – Sequined Fabrics – Floral and Feathered Corsages
Dries Van Noten photos via Vogue.co.uk
Lanvin A/W 15/16
Ethnic Small Scale Florals – Geometric Ethnics – Moroccan Inspired – Rich Gold and Lustred Layers – Tassels and Sequin Fringing
Lanvin photos via Vogue.co.uk
Manish Arora A/W 15/16
Exotic Iris Prints – Digital Placements – Engineered Fantasy Foliage – Other Worldly Landscapes – New Age Tribal – Futuristic Jewelled Icons – Highly Decorative – Exotic Feather Plumes
Manish Arora photos via Vogue.co.uk
H&M A/W 15/16
Textured Surface Prints – Space Age Layouts – Futuristic Space – Metallic Surfaces – Bold Zig Zag Textures
H&M photos via Vogue.co.uk
Vanessa Bruno A/W 15/16
Pattern Symmetry – Simple Ethnics – Elaborate Lace Patterns – Edged Details – Stylised Bird Drawings – Simplified Indian Chintz – Ethnic Carpet Pattern
Vanessa Bruno photos via Vogue.co.uk
AF Vandevorst A/W 15/16
Damask Florals – Monochromatic Greys – Rich Botanical Drawn Styles – Pattern Cover-ups – Distressed and Worn Texture – Woven Ethnic Prints
AF Vandevorst photos via Vogue.co.uk
Christian Wijnants A/W 15/16
Appliqué Fabric – Fabric Overlays – Check Mixing – Abstract Banana Leaf – Two Colour Prints – Exaggerated Block Prints – Ethnic Textured Pattern
Christian Wijnants photos via Vogue.co.uk
Issey Miyake A/W15/16
Bold Chevron Stripes – Stripe Graduations – Horizontal Stripe Variation – Sculptural Effects – Geometric Shapes – 3 Dimentional – Tessellated Geometry – Folded Origami Shapes – Colour Shading
Issey Miyake photos via Vogue.co.uk
Avid collector of antiquities Bob Melet has recently opened an exhibition entitled ‘Blueprint’ at the Colette Gallery, Paris. This eclectic collection of found objects displayed on giant indigo backgrounds, cover everything from vintage glass decorations to old trainers. This captivating sea of bric-a-brac in every shade of blue creates an enchanting visual feast, and an insight into the world of the artist. Melet Mercantile was founded by Bob Melet after years of working for Ralph Loren as head of vintage buying. The store represents his life’s work as a traveller and collector and has become a creative resource for designers, art directors and stylists. The exhibition closes on March 21st but check out the emporium of Melet Mercantile here.
This week the Patternbank Team have been finding inspiration on the London catwalks for Autumn/Winter 2015. Print and pattern has been a strong feature with a huge helping bold and creative individuality which London is renowned for. Expressive florals and painterly marks feature strongly and a growing trend towards vintage and eclectic fabric mixes has been a recurring feature. Look out for part 2 from the London catwalk collections following early next week. With the Milan and Paris shows still to come keep an eye out for our coverage of more exciting print and pattern highlights on Patternbank.
Burberry Prorsum A/W 15/16
Patchwork Patterns – Paisley Prints – Bohemian Vibe – Printed Camouflage Lace – Whimsical Folk – Leopard Prints – Mirrored Embelishments
Burberry Prorsum photos via Vogue
Apu Jan A/W 15/16
Intricate Ornate Pattern – Monochromatic Prints – Illustrated Ocean Plant life – Over Scaled Looks – Allover Prints
Apu Jan photos via Vogue
Erdem A/W 15/16
Vintage Print Vibe – Leopard prints – Floral Plays – Damask Motif Pattern – Art Collector Inspired Prints – Wallpaper Pattern References
Erdem photos via Style.co.uk
Issa A/W 15/16
Striking Black and White Prints – Abstracted Animal Pattern – Mono Florals – Mixed Pattern – Crocodile Prints – Bold Ethnic Marks – Graphic Floral
Issa photos via Style.co.uk
Mary Katrantzou A/W 15/16
Surface Decoration – Damasks Patterns – Brocades – Paisleys Plays – Contemporary Geometric References – Flocked Paisley – Patterned Fur – Rubberised Embellishments
Mary Katrantzou photos via Style.co.uk
Simone Rocha A/W 15/16
Tapestry florals – William Morris References – Petal Usage – Over Scaled Pattern – Rich Decoration – Linear Damask Patterns – Checks
Simone Rocha photos via Style.co.uk
Temperly A/W 15/16
Bold Tribal Motifs – Multicoloured Pattern – Nomadic Aesthetic – Bold Floral Embroidery Details – Two Colour Statements – New Tribal Mixes – Folk References
Temperley photos via Style.co.uk
Claire Barrow A/W 15/16
Scribbled & Sketched Motifs – Painterly Marks – Linear Pattern – Painted Faces – Drawn Typography – Artistic References – Bold Monochromatic Prints
Claire Barrow photos via Vogue
Jean-Pierre Braganza A/W 15/16
Symmetrical Print Effects – Aviation References – Engineered Prints – Fighter Jet Motifs – Origami Pattern
Jean-Pierre Braganza photos via Style.co.uk
The Patternbank Team are a big fan of Frédérique Morrel’s wonderful original tapestry pieces where vintage is given a contemporary twist. Internationally renowned embroidered taxidermy sculptor Frédérique Morrel creates one off pieces from discarded embroidery and needlework. When visiting markets and garage sales Morrel was saddened by the neglected scraps of such beautiful craftsmanship and so seeked to give them a new lease of life. The result is a collection of much sort after work exhibited all over the world and held in many international collections. Check out more of her wondrous world at frederiquemorrel.com
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