This season, though popping up here and there in playful, funsy interpretive-chic collections (perhaps most notably at Marni), the POWER PRINT is no stronger anywhere else than it is on the concrete catwalk. Industry heavy-weights, bloggers and models have been spotted on numerous occasions swathing themselves in punchy pieces studded with repetitive geometry or new-day florals that abandon the oft-associated whimsies of a woman shrouded in petals, instead springing up with an almost assertive self-assuredness. When the decision to be bold has been made, it has been done so with conviction, and many an example of paired prints can be noted: marrying linear geometry with pop-art petal prints, or going so far as to stage a floral face-off and plant two species within the one earth-plot ensemble. This micro-trend will appeal to the girl who shys away from overt femininity: lending itself to a more tailored aesthetic, this new approach also extends an invitation to a knitwear party of sorts, where one has the opportunity to indulge in a more fun approach. Forget Fair Isle as your go-to patterned knit, for prints are set to pop on your go-to jersey and woollen pieces… and if we’re being powerful and making statements, what better way could there be to create an eye-catching exoskeleton than to shield your underlayers with skirts, trousers and blazers boasting bold and cleverly conflicting markings of their own?
Images from: All The Pretty Birds; Nam [Grazia Italia]; The Sartorialist; vogue.com