It’s no secret that I love print-mixing. Plaids with leopard print? Yes, please! Camo with stripes? Of course! So you can imagine how excited I was to see so much print-mixing happening on the Spring 18 runways. And it was trending in all the cities, not just New York. Although Marc Jacobs, a hometown favorite, might just take the prize for most eclectic and colorful show of the whole month. (You can see the top 5 colors from the shows here, including looks from Marc Jacobs).
Below you’ll find the top 5 shows that mastered the art of the print-mix. While 90’s minimalism ruled the runway at some shows, you won’t find a bit of that from these maximalist designers.
Dolce and Gabbana:
D&G can always be counted on for maximum drama. But this season the runway was a veritable garden of veggie and fruit prints, often mixed together with florals or roses. This made for a wildly entertaining show, if not a very wearable one.
Dries Van Noten
Dries is the master print-mixer. Every season he delivers more beautiful color and print combos than the last, and this season was no different. One of the best looks, below, is a triple threat- plaid chiffon over a tossed floral matched with damask trousers.
Marni is known industry wide for their beautiful use of prints, but not necessarily mixed together. This season however, bright florals and plaids intermingled in multiple looks on the runway.
This is a brand that was built on the strength of its prints. They’re always a surreal pastiche of elements, hyper-detailed and vibrant. This show featured exploded florals, which upon closer inspection, were actually paint-by-numbers. She mixed these with checks, stripes and dots for maximum effect.
MJ delivered a show packed with color and print. And while most of the looks were head-to-toe print, only a few were a mix of prints. But those few were impactful, eclectic and bold- really capturing the spirit of the show.