When it comes to fashion hook-ups, fine artists are the new celebrity collaboration, particularly in the field of fabric design. And right now, it’s a case of the bolder the better.

From New York to Paris, the Spring/Summer 2018 runways were flooded with pop-art-inspired pieces in a vibrant palette. But here’s the extra-fun part: contrary to past sensibilities, the idea is to wear prints and patterns together. As in the same outfit – and often clashing.

At Marni, the mixed graphics struck a harmonic chord while at Gucci they buzzed in a beautifully chaotic way. Print queen Mary Katrantzou – whose name’s already synonymous with her pattern-heavy garb – had the ideal fabric toolkit to work from, with Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Dries Van Noten and Maison Margiela offering excellent examples of the trend too.

Nervous? Don’t be. Start with a hero piece like one of these pictured below, then build around it and wow the world.


Clockwise from top right:

Emporio Armani Dress, $1500. SHOp now
Dolce & Gabbana, Printed patent leather sandals, POA. SHOP Now 
Emporio Armani, Patent leather stripe heels, $610. SHOP NOW
Sportsgirl, Cactus key ring, $15. SHOP SIMILAR 
Le Monde Berly, Slippers, $414 at Matchesfashion.com. SHOP NOW
Hilfiger Denim, nineties printed jacket, $299 at The Iconic. SHOP NOW
YEVU, V BACK SHIFT DRESS PINK BRICKS, $140. SHOP NOW
Asos, Mexico Printed Jacket, $95. SHOP SIMILAR

Art direction: Dane Stojanovic
Photographer: Sevak Babakhani
Assistants: Patrick Zaczkiewicz and Susannah Best

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GRAZIA AW18 PRINT EDITION.
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