Top Trend : Mixed Prints

Sonia Zmihi,

How many prints are too many prints ? That is the sartorial question. Well, it seems like this season the mix and match tipping point has reached an unprecedented high and we’ve seen the wildest combination stroll down the FW17 catwalks.

For beginner and the usual “simple white tees” subscribers, this trend might seem daunting if not absurd. Don’t hesitate to start of small and incorporate soft prints to your daily looks : a cool graphic shirt, funny socks, a printed scarf.. Sooner than you think, you will be stacking them like bracelets on your wrist and considering leopard and stripes as neutrals. To be fair, even the most experienced fashion girls have trouble mastering with total confidence the print-on-print-on-print trend. The truth is all you need is the audacity to try, a little creativity and a lot of attitude.

To help you get inspired, we have lined up a selection of the finest ways designers have expertly combined patterned pieces to create cheerful looks.


When it comes to mixing prints, always refer to Etro‘s and Manish Arora who have mastered the art of putting together eye saturating ethnic looks in the chicest way. “I tried to do something joyful, full of collision and color explosion. It’s a festival of the world, not set really in one place —it is an imagined place.” said Veronica Etro. The Italian fashion house presented travel-oriented looks incorporating straight out the jungle leopard fur trims to an Asian silk kimono for example. While Manish Arora made us take off to unexplored territories with it’s “Cosmic Love” collection – just about the right theme to feature futuristic and colorful prints. Colombia’s star designer, Esteban Cortazar also joined the print-on-print trend and checked all the boxes, literally.


To brighten up your fall, Johnson Hartig of Libertine trusted the power of flowers. The designer’s taste for wild prints et bright hues resulted in a beautiful patchwork suit with roses of all kind of colors and shapes. On the contrary, Moncler shared a completely different, but not less appealing, vision of fall. A runway fully covered with dead leaves, a cosy purple printed sweater paired with tweed shorts and high knitted boots – a look that screams hot chocolate by the fire on a city-break. Right when we’re looking forward to our next holidays!  Obviously, we couldn’t end this article without a wink to Gucci’s quirky opulence. Alessandro Michele proved again that maximalism and clashing prints are here to stay with a Marie Antoinette gets a street style makeover, neo-baroque look. To contrast the long skirt and fitted jacket, Alessandro tied a fanny pack (the new IT bag) around the waist, pierced the nose and replaced the heavy wig by a branded sports headband.

Back to school lesson number one : this fall, forget less is more and be ready to dive into a head-to-toe prints commitment! How about a test tomorrow ?


the writer

Sonia Zmihi

Graduated from Sciences Po Paris with a degree in Marketing, Sonia has now added budding fashion journalist to her work in the fields of marketing and communication. She spends her free time refreshing her Instagram feed looking for the funniest memes, building never ending wishlists on Net-a-porter and cooking exotic meals.

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