AutumnWinter 2016 collection trends to Know: 5 Prints You Need to Try

 Autumn Winter 2016 collection

With the change of the weather or season, there comes a time when our wardrobes could use a little pick-me-up. Adding a print into an outfit can be as simple or as daring as you wish, for those of us who like to keep things subtle, a scarf, bag or shoes in an eye-grabbing print updates a look without a complete re haul.

For those of us who want a bit more adventure injected into their wardrobe, head to toe print in the form of dresses or a clashing top and bottom can be used to breathe life back into your fashion choices.

The first place to look for prints that are right on trend this year, and for inspiration on how to put them together, is the catwalk. This year has not disappointed in terms of the way some of the greatest fashion minds have adorned their fabrics of choice. We have dreamy and whimsical graphics appliquéd or printed onto piece and delicate butterflies. Polka dots, reinvented geometrics and modern plaid all made their way onto our list of the top 5 prints to try this year!

Fairytale Prints

When legendary designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana create something, you can be sure that the entire fashion world has their eyes set on it. In what was a beautifully wearable collection, the designers emblazoned their masterpieces with graphics straight from a fairytale. The midnight blue dress from their Autumn/Winter 2016 collection , appliquéd with scenes from Snow White is now arguably iconic.

Alexander McQueen is another fashion icon to inspire us to try graphic prints this year – dresses laced with lipsticks, sensual red lips and butterflies all featured in collections earlier this year.

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We’re waiting for the high street and mid price-point brands to take note and to follow inspiration from Moschino, Cavalli , Tommy Hilfiger and Dolce & Gabbana. They’ve proved that when it comes to graphic prints being wearable,  the sky is the limit and we can’t wait to fill our Autumn and Winter wardrobes with ornate mirrors, lighthouses and smoking lips.

Geometric Prints

Geometric prints are almost a staple print in many leading designers arsenal. The print get reinvented season after season, and the trend we’re loving most at the moment is one of the most innovative designs on our list.

Triangles, diamond, pentagons, quadrates and stripes all amalgamate to present to us a fun and playful range of prints with a noticeable 80’s vibe. Armani seems to have led the way this year with his ‘New Pop’ show. His collection gives us the best point of reference on how to wear this look – the clashing prints of t-shirts and box jackets teamed with simple tailoring below ensures the prints are the focal point of the look and can be worn from the office to date night.

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Autumn/Winter 2016 collection

Isabel Marant and Prada showed us how to wear a geometric print without the colour and eccentricity usually associated with a graphic design – subdued colours in traditional fabrics give a pop of print whilst still being contemporary and mature. A great place to look for how to wear the trend in every day life!

Stars, Hearts And Butterflies

By the far the most adorable print we have on the list, and for everyone who enjoys a splash of good old fashioned girliness in their wardrobe. McQueen, despite the signature gothic influences of the print, saw butterflies, hearts and stars on many of the pieces that also featured the graphic lips.

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Offering the most lively print of all, it’s no surprise that we all turn to Mary Katrantzou, with her large butterflies, hearts and stars, she gives us inspiration on how to wear prints with even more femininity – butterflies and tulle give a fresh approach to the rich fabrics and moody colours associated with this time of year.

Butterflies and hearts don’t have to be overly sugary and sweet, tattoo inspired, rockabilly hearts are a firm favourite and a great way to wear this trend. Think Love, Hate, swallows and hearts with leather jackets and ankle boots!

Polka Dots

This is one of the most classic prints of all time, polka dots never go out of style. Adding a polka dot to any outfit gives an instant update. Polka dots in any size or colour flatter anyone and on the catwalk, designers had clearly fallen under their allure once again.

Hedi Slimane payed homage to the 80’s with glitter, puffed skirts, sharp tailoring and polka dots on backdrop of red and black skirts – 80’s polka dots are as classic as 50’s style polka dots and are both wearable and contemporary options when choosing a print to wear this year.

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Autumn/Winter 2016 collection

Marc Jacobs featured classic black and white spots on an elegantly gothic silhouette, proving that polka dots don’t always have to be feminine and glamorous – polka dots can be incorporated into a far more edgy, grungey look. Wear polka dots with black lace, and darkly romantic colours and fabrics for an updated way to style polka dots.

New Gingham

Gingham, Prince of Wales Check or Plaid is traditionally a very masculine print to wear and quintessentially British. It’s a print that designers have used for decades to play and question gender norms and androgyny, and this year we see it reinvented once again.

We see the print cut into very feminine shapes, with lose tailoring and plunging necklines, which instantly takes away the harshness of the print itself. A colour palette of chocolate browns and slate greys gives us inspiration on how to wear the print for this time of year.

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Autumn/Winter 2016 collection

Sonia Rykiel is the place to look for ideas on how to bring the print into your wardrobe. The print lends itself to being worn with rich fabrics such a faux fur, and for pure elegance and heritage glamour, look to Carolina Herrera.