Think “The Big Bang” But For Prints
As you may know micro prints are in for Spring Summer 2013 but that doesn’t mean I have to like them. And call be unsubtle but I prefer my prints the same way I prefer my art; large, detailed and in a plethora of colors. Whether it’s a Prince of Wales check on a suit coat or an exploded herringbone on a pair of gloves, I’m addicted to bold vibrant prints.
Those of you who have followed my blog for a while will remember my Modern Tailor dress shirts that I had custom made and fit to my frame. The shirts were all extraordinarily colored and the novelty was amplified by the cranked up patterns. One was blown up polka dots (white on green), another was a purple, white and black exploded tartan. They always make a statement and I get compliments wherever I go.
Though I may have not always been the most subtle person (that’s an understatement) I believe in splurging a little on a textile that has a bit of an edge to it rather than plain old checks and grey on grey boring bullshit.
Burberry is known to be a bit boring with their traditional check in Nova, haymarket, etc. but even Christopher Bailey has seen the light and has introduced an exploded print for his collection. Props to him!
Finally I wanted to touch on this new line I am in love with that reminds me of another designer I am infatuated with. So we all know Mary Katrantzou… (if you don’t click here) her designs are revolutionary and the way she plays with fabric like it’s origami then prints all over it with an utter disregard for the untold rules of printing on clothing. But one thing that is true with Mary… her pieces are all exceptionally expensive. Enter Clover Canyon stage left and what a performance it is!
Clover Canyon is designed and produced in Los Angeles which you can totally see in their scenic prints and sleek silhouettes. The difference with the brand is that they don’t even look at traditional prints or patterns but rather grab their gripping scenic pieces of art from travel, art and other regal places of interest. Also a lot of their SS13 collection is printed on lightweight neoprene which is not only a mega trend but also sucks everything in and makes it totally unnecessary to pull out the Spanx!
Of course this all applies to menswear as well. Simply opt out of the classic boring microscopic prints and go for bigger bolder patterns when selecting your next suit, tie, dress shirt or pocket puff.