Last week I poked around a textile show here in New York and was a bit surprised to see how many Hawaiian prints were showcased. I suppose if ever there was a time to go ahead and break out the giant florals, it’s summer.
Seeing how textiles are another barometer for what we can expect in the realms of fashion, home and accessories, it looks as though we’re poised for yet another Hawaiian print revival. What do you think about these prints? Are they outdated or on trend? Do you plan to use Hawaiian prints for any of your sewing projects this summer?
When I think of Hawaiian prints I generally picture them on grandfathers, tourists and caricatures of Hunter S. Thompson. However, I vividly remember loving the blue and white Hawaiian print bikini I bought myself the summer of my 16th birthday and still gravitate toward various oversized hibiscus and fern prints on swimwear and swim accessories.
For Spring, Galliano showed a few modern interpretations of Hawaiian prints on the runways at Dior, while Consuelo Castiglioni added a sort of acid trip/pop-art element to the prints at Marni.
(John Galliano for Christian Dior)
On-the-wagon/off-the-wagon songstress Amy Winehouse recently paired up with Fred Perry on a capsule collection that featured her take on modernized Hawaiian prints.
While the print is considered casual and generally appears in the form of funky skirts, summery dresses and beach coverups, do you think you could rock large Hawaiian prints in a more elegant, mature way? How would you utilize these vibrant prints and patterns?
Photos courtesy of Vogue.com, Refinery29, Fred Perry and Google images