Spots Vs Stripes Trend Report
Reminiscent of the 1996 film 101 Dalmatians, spots have clawed their way onto the catwalks of designers such as Karen Walker ready for Spring/Summer 2013.
From polka dots to Dalmatian print, designers have gone dotty for a spot of spots.
The familiar black spots are present (and are enough to send Cruella Deville weak at the knees) but there are also pretty pastel dots in lilacs and pinks, and this playful print looks set to stay.
It’s not uncommon for fashion to draw inspiration from the animal kingdom, but usually from feisty felines and snakes found in the African savannah, not normally the domestic family favourite of a Dalmatian.
So does this mean we’ve gone soft?
Leopard print and snake skin represent strength and power but Dalmatian says more ‘fluffy friend’ than ‘powerful predator.’
I’d say not. As it takes a brave woman to wear Dalmatian print, and be able to pull it off.
If you feel that the high end price tags are a bit farfetched, then take a stroll down your local high street and you’ll see that the shops are going barking mad for these puppy inspired prints.
Topshop, River Island, H & M and Zara are amongst many of the shops that are latching on to this trend so why not head down and get your paws on some polka dots.
Wear a statement top with a plain black shirt or trousers to avoid looking like you’re in fancy dress! Or a Dalmatian print jacket to bring any outfit up to date. However you wear it, one thing’s for sure – this trend is bound to set tails wagging.
And spots aren’t the only on-trend print that are taking me back a decade or two, as striking stripes appear in the shows of Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino and Fendi.
A far cry from a red primary school striped dress, but a definite reminder that this was the last time I dared stripes, the dramatic contrast of black and white shines sophistication and class.
Arguably another animal inspired creation, these bold stripes are leading fashion in a new direction. Thick, thin, horizontal and vertical, these stripes are screaming swinging 60’s.
Taking a trip back in time, who can forget the iconic images of Twiggy and Audrey Hepburn in those famous striped dresses, so it’s no wonder that the style of these influential women is influencing our catwalks today.
Wear a full striped suits or just a jacket or trousers, either way this print has impact and is sure to catch the eye of onlookers. My only advice would be to stick to vertical stripes to avoid danger of the ‘stripe stone’ (the appearance of being heavier than you are due to horizontal stripes!)
So spots and stripes are back but which print is best? Are you a dog lover or a Dalmatian dodger, or do you prefer the idea of striped sixties style?
Pick a side, or wear them together either way, be sure to get spotted and ‘stripe a pose!’
Designers let loose on wilder prints
Patterns such as leopard print have been a classic wardrobe statement for some time now, meaning key pieces can be reused and effortlessly float through from one season to the next without your bank card biting back. From python belts at Elliot Rhodes to statement leopard heeled boots at Sam Edelman we just can’t seem to get enough of these pristine prints as they just keep bouncing back.
And now designers are feeding their imaginations to ensure that this trend doesn’t become extinct. New patterns such as tiger, dalmatian and even ladybird featured on the catwalks of 2012 and we’ve fallen hook line and sinker in love with Hartford’s fish print swimming trunks.
As the ideas get more daring, we’re left wondering what will be next. Possibly parrot parrot print pants, or flamingo feathered fleeces? Who knows – but we can’t wait for the new styles to be unleashed!