It’s no surprise that the ’60s prints are once again, a key player in this season’s fashion trends. Many designers chose to move away from the mixing and matching of prints last season but I love how they chose to let loose and embrace bold colours and patterns this summer. Don’t be shy to try new prints and experiment with your looks.
While on the one side of fashion we have plenty of designers giving muted toned looks on the other is some vibrant looks. From Manish Arora and Abhishek Sharma to Gucci and Versace, there are some genuinely fun prints these brands are using. The spring/summer print trends include callbacks from previous seasons, like various florals and polka dots as well.
The tie-dye looks like paint stains on the fabric and is as fun and vibrant as can be. The result is a trend that feels nostalgic but contemporary. Tanieya Khanuja and House of Kotwara presented tie-dye on their runway this season in colourful dresses and co-ord sets. It has always been prominent in the Indian textile industry, now it has become a major trend across the world. We see some touches of the print at Versace in a grown-up ’80s-inspired tie-dye sweatshirt. This spring, the tie-dye will help to diversify your image.
The polka dot resurfaces every season. It is, however, a timeless print with a rich sartorial history. Black and white polka is a classic combination but this summer you can also play around with mixing different colours and sizes as we see on the runway. Also more about how you can wear them in a fresh way adding a feminine and retro touch. The take on the polka dot print at Jajaabor stood out to us. We also saw some more of the polka this season at Altuzarra as well as at Carolina Herrera where it’s so essential to the brand.
What else is spring about if not the flowers, right? Yes, floral prints are still in but designers are embracing the embroidery trend this season. The choices are limitless as designers have started embellishing every piece of clothing possible. We see textile designer Ashdeen showcasing the trend in a floral and crane embroidered top at Lakme Fashion Week SS20. Dior presents a series of designs with striking floral embroideries and prints. Go for monochromatic tones or pastels if you like subtle touches.
Psychedelic print originally started during the ’60s with the idea of evoking a mind-alerting experience that creates epiphanies and hallucinations when worn. Standouts from the runway include Manish Arora‘s collection using flower prints in a post-modern way to create the effect of a collage and Alberta Ferretti looks that transform you into a free-spirited, passionate, almost unbridled romantic character. These prints did a great job of complementing the early ’70s feelings that so many collections evoked. The key tip here is that usually, the print consumes the entire ensemble, so to let your outfit shine, I suggest stay low on accessories.
If spring has sprung, then surely flowers have made their appearance. Frankly, tiny florals are underrated. There are many kinds of florals as part of the Spring/Summer 2020 trends, but this late ’60s/early ’70s take on the print feels arguably refreshing. Buna Studio delivered a lot of light-weighted floral garments. We also see dresses of different lengths covered with tiny colourful florals at N° 21.
Symmetrical prints can have all kinds of effects. Dominating silhouettes from head-to-toe, the high-contrast symmetrical patterns saw a fusing of class and culture with a slight psychedelic touch. While Swapnil Shinde showcases the thunderjolt print in his dresses, many other designers demonstrate vintage patterns and motifs from the Indian textiles. Even the international designers like Mary Katrantzou, Y/Project and Valentino presented some symmetrically placed designs on a few garments.
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