Pattern Play: The A/W 2016 Collections

As Paris Fashion week draws to a close and yet another season of ‘the big 4’ comes to an end, we are left in sheer awe of the plethora of beauty that has stomped down the runways. With anticipation of so many beautiful trends, I’m ready to start rocking the Autumn-Winter 2016 trends two seasons in advance! After all, fashion is so fast-paced that we may as well get a head start!

Minimalism may be what the fashionistas are raving about now, but with a plethora of playful patterns present in London, New York, Paris and Milan, I question whether that may all be about to change. From 60s pop art prints, to star spangled banners worn with Hannibel Lector masks (no, I’m not kidding), we take a look at the patterns that ruled fashion month.

Wallpaper Florals

Hey nan, thanks for the fashion inspo! Jokes aside, demure and aged-looking florals were a big hit this fashion month.

At London Fashion Week, Erdem’s rather voyeuristic show saw models interacting with a nostalgic mansion full of overturned pianos and dusty wallpaper and the brand had nostalgic floral prints to match. Appliqued florals, vintage lace and high necklines gave the line an undeniable Georgian edge.

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Carrying on the love of the Seventies that was present in her last collection, Diane von Furstenburg once again paid home to this laid back era. Flowy shapes were dotted with wallpaper floral patterns and embellished with skinny scarves, whilst suede and brick tones also  made an appearance.

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Floral wool scarf

Tropical floral scarf

Diamond Prints

Diamonds are about to become a girls best friend in more ways than one!

Somewhere between the Queen of Hearts and a Baroque boy was Prada’s A/W 2016 collection. Miuccia Prada presented a rather juxtaposing collection, with over-sized layers and stiff fabrics being the anti-thesis of femininity. This was then cleverly contrasted with lace-up corset belts, velvet and lace-up boots. However, the collection was cleverly weaved together with one consistent element: the diamond pattern. Appearing on knee-high socks and long gloves on each look, we were reminded of Alice in Wonderland, but this time, it came with a not-so-innocent after taste.

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Sportsmax played with shapes using clashing geometric prints and lines, resulting in minimalist shapes with maximalist patterns. Diamond prints here have a tribal air to them, in warm, brick tones, yet still with a polished air to them.

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Geometric print scarf

Mixed print scarf

Animal Prints

Hey there kitty cat! It’s time to unleash our inner lioness with this seasons playful catty patterns!

Saint Laurent gave animal prints a rocker edge that looked like the entire contents of Blondie front woman Debbie Harry’s closet. The 70s glam vibe was given a further push through wide leg jumpsuits, waist belts and clashing animal print faux fur. We are going to rock this trend ‘one way or another’. Sorry: couldn’t resist that pun!

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At Paris Fashion Week, Givenchy presented a collection with a certain air of Native American influence. With ornithological elements, including bird wing prints, this collection certainly took a ‘more is more’ approach to fashion. Leopard prints were clashed with blocky Aztec prints and bright stripes. Welcome to the wilderness!

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Pure wool animal print scarf

Mixed prints scarf

Cartoonish

Hearts, stars and faces left us screaming ‘Kawaii’ from the top of our lungs! If it’s cute playful and a little childish, it’s a keeper!

Mary Katranzou is one of England’s masters of prints. Known for brash and colorful creations, the designer did not disappoint! With a surrealist clashing of rainbow butterfly wings morphing into hearts, pop art faces and textured hearts, we were left feeling uplifted and inspired.

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We can’t talk about cartoonish prints without Jeremy Scott coming to mind. After last season’s Barbie-inspired collection, Scott went all-out eighties brash with guitar prints and Ren and Stimpy prints. Described as ‘an acid themed rodeo full of space cowboys’, fashion doesn’t get much more out there than this!

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Mixed print scarf

Geometric print scarf

Myan Prints

Forget Aztec prints, this fashion month was all about the Myan pattern. Swirly, colorful and oh-so-boho, we can’t wait to inject these prints into our wardrobe!

Manish Arora’s show was one big Myan rainbow. Staple denim pieces were embellished with bright swirls, animal shapes and pom poms. There were slight modern Mexican influences including cactus and wagon prints, but non-the-less, this collection certainly entered Myan hippy territory.

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Your local librarian took a trip to Mexico in Gucci’s Milan Fashion Week show. Last seasons spectacle-donning introvert got given a colorful makeover and was seen donning a flamenco of ruffles, a whole lot of Parrot prints and even some Mayan symbols. We feel like we are at some sort of fiesta and we’re loving it!

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Exotic silk scarf

Floral paisley scarf

Which print will you be adding to your wardrobe? Let me know in the comments below…

Rachel Holliday

Rachel Holliday

Interior design and fashion contributor at Banarsi Designs. Writer and Aussie-based fashion and personal style blogger at www.thedailyluxe.net