From pop art maven Andy Warhol-inspired prints to soft floral abstracts, there are plenty of unusual prints to spruce up your light-weight summer wardrobe, this season.
But the choice of patterns and colours varies with different moods and occasions. While Prada cartoon car print shirts could be a lot of fun, if you desire a softer, subtle look, batik floral prints by designer duo Dev R Nil may be the thing for you.
Whatever the pattern may be, the idea is to go beyond the obvious depiction of the print. For example, Delhi designer Atsu Sekhose used oversized graphic flowers on blouses in his Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Actor Sonam Kapoor too, flaunted his look for a recent press conference.“I used blown-up versions of flowers for an abstract and edgy look,” says Atsu, who used the same print for menswear as well. “While I kept the shirts floral, I used solid colours for the shirts’ collar and sleeves,” he adds.
Usually considered apt for daywear, prints work well for evening style too. Designer duo Kartikeya and Isha of Dozakh, came out with graphic print dresses in black, navy and purple colours for summer. The prints comprised a script of a fable and tombstone, adding further detail and density to the already dark tones.
“Prints definitely uplift the summer mood. Designer Reed Krakoff’s bird prints, Jil Sander’s paisleys, and Balenciaga’s graphic prints from the current Spring/Summer collection, add an element of fun and vibrancy to the look, making it perfect for this weather,” says Malini Banerji, fashion editor, Elle India.
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