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SS11 Trend: Hawaiian Prints

Prints, prints, prints, oh how they brighten up my day, week, year. As far as prints go it can be difficult in terms of what’s in, what isn’t and how to wear them right. This makes Hawaiian prints are a must have in my eyes this season with two simple rules. 1, if it’s hawaiian, it works. 2. Just pair it with something simple. Dresses with plain shoes, shirts with denim shorts and jackets with pop colour dresses. There are some great pieces on the high street, but have a rummage through your nearest vintage store for the better, unique pieces.

A few favourites include:

Topshop Hawaiian Print Dress, £25, in-store only.

Motel Emilia Dress, £52.

Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry, Hawaiian Print Short Sleeve Shirt, £82.

Sugarhill Boutique, Hawaiian Tropic Shorts, £18 (Was £35)

Beyond Retro, 1990’s Short Dress, £24.

Beyond Retro, Must Have Casual Coat, £20.

T-Bags Tropical Print Jersey Dress, The Outnet, £77.50 (Was £155)

Oh and here is one I put on eBay earlier…

Vintage Hawaiian Print Cotton Jumper


Snoozer Loser

If the SS11 shows said anything, it was “Farewell to florals”. Now this was pretty exciting news since floral prints had been boring me for a while. Needless to say quirky and innovative prints are starting to pop up everywhere, and I’m having fun finding them.

Recently I came across Snoozer Loser, a New York based art collective made up of visual artists and musicians. Amongst other things, they make gorgeous garments, with fun but not overdone prints, perfect to add a dash of interesting to your winter wardrobe.

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:

Esther Perbandt

Esther Perbandt grew up in West Berlin, was hardened by an artist in Moscow and polished in Paris.  Whilst in France she finished a European master in fashion and textile design, as well as a postgraduate study at the Institut Francais de la Mode, and worked in the design team at Chacok. Finally in 2004 she went back to Berlin to start up her own label, Esther Perbandt.

Her collections are androgynous, mixing gorgeous feminine draping and prints (lots of tie dye that is constantly growing on me) on stylishly tailored male silhouettes. She also has an accessories range which features several sleek, art inspired bags, as well as other pieces, that became an independently successful accessory label. Both lines are available around the world, but not yet in the UK, so if you see it on holiday this year grab it whilst you can!

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:

The Ethnic Fashion Show

 Whilst looking for an African print dress, much like Tina Kalivas’ designs, but more in my price range, I came across The Ethnic Fashion Show. The concept of the show is to help consumers view ethnic designs not only as a micro trend, but as part of “fashion retail consumer habits”, since the garments on show are built to last a lot longer than the high street pieces they inspire. Some retailers have already started to do this, like ASOS with their ASOS Africa range, a collection designed, sourced and produced by community groups in Africa, but the show aims to raise further awareness.

There will be six very talented, recognised and inspirational designers showing, with the collections containing warm colours, bright shades and vivid combinations. The Ethnic Fashion Show will present new creative ways to re-interpret designs into pieces suitable for high street collections, satisfying a wider range of fashion consumers, without over emphases on ethnicity. The event takes place this Friday evening at the Africa Centre, in Covent Garden, from 6:30pm – 9pm.