Looking Forward: The Prints and Patterns of Fall 2012
Posted by on September 5, 2012 | 5:08 pm EST

It’s almost an addiction of some sort—fall’s mind-blowing array of prints, that is. As if we weren’t coming from a print-free summer season, quite a number of the fall collections coming our way carry an even more hallucinogenic fascination for prints and patterns. One cannot pin down a singular, commanding print that dictated the symphony of new season motifs arriving—like how tropical prints were summer’s most abused.

It’s like designers converged behind closed doors to arrange this spectacle and suddenly the fall runways were turned into one fashionable menagerie of prints and patterns that were both familiarly old and invigoratingly new. On the Miu Miu catwalk for instance, head-to-toe Victorian prints dressed the label’s sleek pantsuits, bringing retro inspirations back on trend. Meanwhile, Erdem took on the duty to decorate the warm and comfortable fall garments with unforgivingly grunge-y paint-splattered-like inks. Some fashion houses also embraced the winning transeasonal appeal of florals such as Temperley London, where they were softly bathed in fall-season frostiness. Stella McCartney, on the other hand, opted for soft swirly waves that seemingly took inspiration from both the ocean and the cosmos.

At Peter Pilotto, the prints—as always—were the biggest attraction. Two of the most resounding motifs however, were the barrage of prints that looked like live radio waves on the runway. The Missoni runway also embraced this new-age abstractness, as it temporarily traded its chevrons for geometric obscurity. Giles’ row of dresses that had eerie and creepy burn-like prints were particularly memorable as well for it contradicted the beauty of the silhouettes and fabrics.

Another notable collection that promised an intriguing print story for fall are the obscurely assembled looks sent out by Basso & Brooke. Coats, blazers, pants and dresses burst with craziness as they looked like dowdy ensembles pieced together using scrap textiles. Some designers also took this print addiction to the extreme, pitting the rowdiest of prints against each other, creating a sartorial clashing of some sort . While it would be easy to label it an eyesore, the icy season served as the perfect backdrop to the complement the unforgiving combination of two, three and sometimes four prints.

Although fall has somewhat been typecast as the season of oxblood, we’re welcoming this barrage of prints with eager eyes and open arms. It is, as a matter of fact, the time for nonchalant layering of prints. Click through the slideshow above to see all our favorite prints of the season that have seemingly promised a dizzying assortment of prints in the weeks ahead.

Photos from iMAXtree.com

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