Prints are one of the main design-shaping tools for any types of garments. They determine the mood and the influence of the garments, and they establish the flow of the main fashion trends for the season. The spring/ summer 2014 print trends promise to be quite bright and energizing, filled with sunny and very spectacular drives. From the traditionally met variants to most unusual and unexpected turns, every style is found within these trends, set by many popular fashion designers and brands. So here are the main print trends for spring/ summer 2014, observed during the most famous fashion shows.
Spring/ Summer 2014 Print Trend #1: Floral Fantasy: Floral prints seem to be really timeless and extremely versatile to create and alter. During every season, we see a wide range of options introducing the enormous number of ways that floral prints can be designed and put with. Apart from the most commonly observed variants of floral prints, these variations demonstrate some unusual interpretations as well, ranging from some hand painted variants, huge floral collages on plain and monochrome backgrounds, more often put as black-and-white, some abstract versions, photographic florals, and surreal images to watercolor floral prints, cutout and realistic types, some faded designs, multicolor prints, super elegant and ancient-inspired options, some vibrant floral groupings, and even options focused on the inner structure of the flowers. The marvelous examples of these alternatives can be found in the collections of many fashion giants like Dolce & Gabbana, BCBG Max Azria, Prabal Gurung, Jeremy Laing, Stella McCartney, Miu Miu, Hermés, Elie Saab, Antonio Marras, Emporio Armani, Cavalli, Christopher Kane, Versace, Alberta Ferretti, Mulberry, Blumarine, Nina Ricci, Zimmermann, Jean Paul Gaultier, and others.
Spring/ Summer 2014 Print Trend #2: Polka Dots On the Go: Though it seemed like the designers have almost forgotten about this trend recently, the new shows proved just the contrary. In fact, polka dots have been given a fresh breath, presented via very eye-catching and attractive designs, created with a variety of colors. This color diversity refers to both the background and the dot colors. On the other hand, this diversity expands from colors to shapes and sizes as well, being presented as a variety of dot sizes, too, from tiny to huge. Some vivid examples might be found among the lines of Sportmax, Sass & Bide, Dolce & Gabbana and Moschino Cheap & Chic.
Spring/ Summer 2014 Print Trend #3: Stripy Metamorphosis: No doubt, stripes (Learn How to Wear Stripes) are always a never-dying theme for any season. However, there is something specific about the stripy trends of the spring/summer 2014. That’s the super creative transformation that has been made with stripes, turning them into radiant oceanic options, cute combinations with florals, laser-cut shapes, verti-horizontal pairings and collages, super nice color combinations achieved with stripes, and finally the enormous diversity of stripy renovations reaching up to abstract and checkered-resembling options. The super impressive optical effects made with the help of stripes are also worth mentioning here. So for finding the exact sources of ‘stripy’ inspirations you can look through the lines of Carolina Herrera, L’Wren Scott, Nina Ricci, Christian Dior, Tanya Taylor, Vanessa Bruno, Heohwan Simulation, Eudon Choi, and Burberry Prorsum.
Spring/ Summer 2014 Print Trend #4: The Abstract World: The abstract prints are quite a modern and freshly emerging drive in the world of fashion trends. These designs involve a huge diversity of themes, from florals to simple and minimalistic prints, yet they have something mysterious and charismatic about them that really manages to catch your attention. You can have a nosey at the options suggested by Prabal Gurung, Nicole Miller, Jeremy Laing, Versace, Herve Leger, Valentino, and Missoni.
Spring/ Summer 2014 Print Trend #5: Text Prints and Doodles: This is a very youthful and spectacular fashion trend inspired by the cool and relaxed drives and carrying the similarly expressed philosophy of the young. Such prints are very popular among the looks for the spring/summer 2014, found as a great diversity of options for the most specific choices. These designs are demonstrated with overlapping patterns, clearly legible text prints, at times being brand names as well, or just some key messages the brands want to convey. The examples are found in DKNY, Rebecca Minkoff, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Zoe Jordan, and Moschino Cheap & Chic.
Spring/ Summer 2014 Print Trend #6: Iridescent Prints: The iridescent and joyous color combinations are also remarkably popular for the coming spring/summer 2014 season. These patterns are found within very different prints and shapes, be that watercolor prints, florals, blurry versions, even mosaic images, or just color blocking (Learn How to Color Block), all united according to their energizing and active nature. Such examples are featured in the lines by Tanya Taylor, Josie Natori, Chanel, Yohji Yamamoto, Just Cavalli, and Tom Ford.
Spring/ Summer 2014 Print Trend #7: Animal Prints: This is another never-to-be-gone focus for every season and for all the changing fashion trends (Learn How to Wear Animal Prints). Being nicely manipulable and flexible, these patterns are innovated and altered all the time, and still they manage to preserve their innate glamour and chic. Different examples of animal prints taken by different proportions can be observed in the lines of Vanessa Bruno, Valentino, Rodarte, Roberto Cavalli, and others.
Spring/ Summer 2014 Print Trend #8: Portraits and Scenery: Ranging from minimalistic prairie prints and photographed options and reaching the most incredible and abstract portrait versions both realistic and illustrative, these tendencies also have their essential say in forming the fresh fashion trends. The main aim of these patterns is to create unique and never-repeated effect, so that the fresh and innovative drives have the greatest chances to develop and expand. Such kinds of examples are found in the collections of Diane Von Furstenberg, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Antonio Marras, Prada, Jean Pierre Braganza, and finally Dolce & Gabbana.
Thus, here are the main spring/ summer 2014 print trends, which certainly promise to be innovative and creative, leading to one-of-a-kind ideas and fresh looks, having all that is necessary for complete and absolute chic and glamour. Add the to-die-for folksy ethnic prints spotted at Valentino, the graphic geometry vibes illustrated by Alexander McQueen, the innovative coin prints of Dolce & Gabbana and the signature paisleys of Etro, and get a whole pack of fresh ideas for fantabulous summer looks! Eventually, none of the once emerged fashion trends ever dies. They just get transformed and altered all the time, each time being reborn and brought back with something new and something cool. So just flick through and get inspired!
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