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How Bold Prints are Transforming Fashion

April 10, 2012 IADT San Antonio, Fashion Design 0 Comments

Bold Fashion DesignIn spring 2011, we saw women’s blouses, maxi dresses, and tops that were constructed in bold colors and prints, adding chic whimsy to the fashion season. Such bright fabrics are perfectly suited for the warm spring and summer months, and this year the trend will become bigger than ever.

It looks like bold designs will be around for a while, and it’s not a surprise. Bold prints, for instance, can:

  • Add texture and depth to plain fabrics
  • Serve as an inexpensive way to spice up your wardrobe
  • Help you show the quirkier side of your style
  • Make an outfit pop with a splash of color
  • Catch the attention your cool fashion sense deserves

In fact, several famous fashion designers have adapted the bold print phenomenon for the runway.

  • Diane von Furstenburg’s Africa-inspired prints rely on leaf and floral patterns with simple color schemes.
  • Roksanda Ilincic’s trick is to use rich golds, teals, magentas, and jades in lush silky fabrics.
  • Roberto Cavelli alternately uses brooding and bright multicolor takes on animal prints and delicate florals, frequently punctuated by splashes of gold.
  • Donatella Versace designs dresses in black and white that have a large floral motif stretching down one side. Her menswear displays bright golds and intricate black and white patterns that intermingle with single bold colors.
  • Richard Chai created combinations of bold colors and prints for his spring 2012 runway ensembles.
  • Donna Karan’s line is full of simple colors and tribal-inspired patterns.

What can we take from the countless professional interpretations of this trend? First, the point of wearing bold colors and prints is to brighten your style and make a statement. Second, pulling off bold designs relies on balance. That means choosing an outfit in one bold color, sticking to prints that have simple color schemes, and combining the boldest prints with other garments in solid colors. Too many patterns or combinations can lead you to overdo an outfit.

The trend of bold prints and colors has such a huge presence in the industry that you can expect to see its effects in major retail stores across the U.S. in 2012. Whether you want to buy or design bold garments, make sure you remember to have fun and use balance.

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