New York Fashion Week - Look 2, Prints

Welcome to my second look from NYFW, I'm writing this as the puppy chews away at my pyjamas.  I wondered how long it would take the city that never sleeps to catch on to our trusty Brit-Fash-packs success with prints.  Erdem, Stella, McQueen - New York owes you, as they've caught on to the need to print patterns on clothes.  A revolution some would say.  A copy, others would reply. 

Altuzarra went for the brighter, more tropical prints (above) - pairing them with white, black, sheer and leather - ie: keeping the additional pieces around the print plain in colour but varied in texture.  Also had an element of the sportsluxe look with printed jumpsuits, zips and velour fabrics. (Notice the white tuxedo here too).  Also, Altuzarra was one of many to do the different-texture-or-print sleeves, which the high street is going mental about in London at the moment...

Look and learn: Proenza Schouler (above) is how you do a tribal or safari trend without dragging out the same old clich├ęs. Texture again is key with clever working of raffia in to crochet, eel skirts, floral embroidery with conceptualised giraffe and tiger prints.  Little bit more tribal than the rest, with the contrast of 50s waist lines (and gloves) and raw neck lines - again mixing up a statement piece with black or white to show it off the most.  The Lion King meets Mad Men... Absolutely love this - and the so easy to replicate on the high street.

Preen had a different take on the print trend, and went digital - retro and almost futuristic.  Notice that white tuxedo making yet another appearance, think you can guess I'll be doing a piece on where to buy the best ones - you're going to need one.  Love the mix of the straight-up bold prints with flirty collars and necklines.  This was my favourite show - something different... This house seems to make no mistake in rivalling Erdem, look at the lace skirt, modern ways of creating prints and digital influence...  Can't wait for Erdem's retaliation.

Thakoon seemed to pair up the Wild West and Indian Summer... Who'd have thought it?!  Brighter than other collections and one of few to use denim (bright blue, make note), with a hint of Kenzo about it - the talent in the detail is breathtaking - where there isn't a vibrant print, there is outstanding bright lace work.  Oscar Thakoon used traditional Indian techniques to create his pieces, and it shows...  And who would ever have thought a denim jacket would work with a Maharaja piece... Genius.

Last but by no means least in the 'print' stakes is Prabal Gurung.  Prabal took prints one stage further - kept them symmetrical as if the piece was folded in half like those patterns you made at school as a child.  Mixing it up with superluxe, you'd never think it would work, but somehow it does.  Reminds me of Mary Kantrantzou (as did Preen)... but very, very good (not sure about the ostrich feathers though).

So, whether it was Hawaiian florals, pastel patches or crazy paisleys - prints remain in; so keep your ones from this season fresh.  Check out our new Fashion Weeks section here - with our round ups from New York, London and Milan.
Also if you hadn't had a chance to already, make sure you enter our little giveaway for a pair of Chie Mihara shoes.  Learn about the brand, and enter for your chance to own a fabulous pair of tailor-made heels here.

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