How To Wear This Summer’s Prints

This year, summer doesn’t mean soft pastels and monochromes: 2017 brings the best of the brights in two-tone color-blocks, rainbow stripes, and lavish patterns of florals, objects, and repeat prints. Let‘s celebrate this variety with some great mix-‘n’-matched looks.
RAINBOW STRIPES
Stripes are the number one print with which the majority of designers have fallen in love all over again. They come in endless dynamic colors and shapes, and they’re everywhere. While everyone went for the light blue stripy blouse or dress in spring, summer is about much bolder and more entertaining stripes. Hats, bags and accessories (for example, from MissoniBalenciagaLoewe and Prada) are multicolored just like beach umbrellas and weathered lounge chairs, reminding us of the French Riviera. Rainbow-colored maxi dresses (as seen at Elie SaabPorts 1961, and Jacquemus) are key pieces this summer. It doesn’t matter whether the stripes go lengthways or crosswise when it comes to oversize or sporty silhouettes. For a casual and sophisticated look, combine geometric printed tops (see these examples from Zara and Sonia Rykiel) with dark-blue trousers or denims and a skirt from Tommy Hilfiger x Gigi Hadid with a white tee. To rock a super-fashionable statement, don‘t hold back from teaming a graphic with a floral or any other multicolored pattern.

How to Wear this Summer’s Prints

Dress Elie Saab at Net-a-Porter · hat by Missoni · blouse by Zara · sunnies by Marni · short Harlequin dress from Jacquemus · long dress from Ports 1961 · Elephant Coin Purse from Loewe · small Bazaar bag and bikini by Balenciaga · sandals from Mara Hoffman · patchwork poncho by Sonia Rykiel · pencil skirt from Tommy Hilfiger x Gigi Hadid

PRINTS & PATTERNS

Flowers are no surprise for spring and summer, but this season brings blossom prints updated in all-over Seventies style, as predicted by Gucci designers Alessandro Michele and Clare Waight Keller (she was the creative director at Chloé before). Her millefleur dress stands proudly among this year‘s floral offerings, alongside pretty floral romanticism from Rodarte, big blossoms such as peonies and chrysanthemums (AltuzarraGucciGanni and Zara), and Japanese leaves and cherry blossoms from Valentino and Danish designer Stine Goya. In contrast, Proenza SchoulerMarni and Prada presented psychedelic zigzag patterns, square shapes, and other repeat prints. To crown it all, Dolce & Gabbana, as always, pops up with real-life objects actualized on garments: this time, the Sicilian duo created a unique mix of vintage-like tomato cans, spaghetti packs, and ice-cream cones. So if you think you’re going to build your look on just one single pattern, you’re missing the fun part: the idea is to merrily mix contrasting colors, complex graphics, stripes and polka dots, flowers and animal prints all together!
How to Wear this Summer’s Prints
Runway Looks: DelpozoCélineProenza SchoulerThom BrowneBalenciaga, and Victoria Beckham · Swimsuit by La Perla · mules by Marni · big Ribbon clutch by Prada · small Chayne bag by Mulberry · Mary Janes by Fendi · Ballerina swimsuit by Solid and Striped · Gyda silk dress by Roksanda at Net-a-Porter · Curl clutch by Proenza Schouler · slip-on Tania sandals by Acne
 

COLOR BLOCKING

Inspired by the artwork of Piet Mondrian, the color-blocking trend first came up a few years ago, when the early-20th-century Dutch painter had a sudden renaissance. Translated into fashion, this means pairing colors in one outfit that are opposites on the color wheel, or combining bright and pastel tones to create interesting and complementary combinations. Meanwhile, every year there are new shades and combinations to be considered. Our favorite versions combine two or three super-saturated hues to make one sharp look, as seen on the runways. At the top of our list for this season is red in all shades, from pink (take a look at Delpozo) to coral and tangerine (Balenciaga), and deep cherry and raspberry (Céline). Combine them with each other and also with white or black. You can max out the color spectrum with vibrant violet too, as seen at the Victoria Beckham show, as well as with sunshine yellow, which was everywhere. Alternatively, dive deep into the Pantone archives to discover aquatic blue (in a swimsuit by La Perla, for example) and greens from avocado to mint. Even accessories capture the trend perfectly—just look at the two-toned heels by Marni or Fendi, or the bags from MulberryPrada, and Proenza Schouler
How to Wear this Summer’s Prints
Runway Looks: DelpozoCélineProenza SchoulerThom BrowneBalenciaga, and Victoria Beckham · Swimsuit by La Perla · mules by Marni · big Ribbon clutch by Prada · small Chayne bag by Mulberry · Mary Janes by Fendi · Ballerina swimsuit by Solid and Striped · Gyda silk dress by Roksanda at Net-a-Porter · Curl clutch by Proenza Schouler · slip-on Tania sandals by Acne

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