One of this year’s trends comes from something we’ve been seeing on the runways and in magazines for a few seasons. It’s the mixing of prints and patterns; especially those we may have once thought to be mismatched. It’s no longer about finding a perfect match, but about mixing it up by using contrasting colours and mismatched prints. It’s in the stark contrast that lies the beauty of these patchwork designs. For many women, it may be a little challenging to figure out what patterns work together when creating the look with separates. Now fashion has made it easier for you to mix it up with pieces that are already made with mixed prints by using patchwork.
Several designers featured pieces that were a mash-up of colours and various patterns, all carefully pieced together to create some of the season’s most interesting items. Diane von Furstenberg did it with an air of sophistication. Breezy pieces that would work well at the office and easily transition to an after-hours affair.
Many African designers have already been using patches of fabric create some of the most extraordinary garments. This season, we are seeing it again in the work of Kaela Kay. The Canadian-based label has always been known to use different colours and patterns in skirts and dresses. She creates clothing for the contemporary woman with an African flavour.
This is definitely one of spring 2016’s biggest trends and any woman can pull it off with a little confidence. Make the accessories you wear simple so your outfit will remain the statement. Also pick a pair of shoes that will draw out one bold colour from the patchwork.