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Layering of prints in bold colors of complimentary or contradictory hues? Is it a hit or miss look?

I am stunned still today by these images pictured in Vogue Italia 2008. I want to mix all sorts of pastels with a pop of cherry red or neon yellow now that I’ve looked at these images again. Would you mix prints?

SUNO collections dazzling.

Sonia Rykiel never ceases to amaze me…

What about Leopard on Leopard like Bluemarine did? Love it or hate it?

And Missoni, of course, is the Godfather of all things printed. Capece?

Featured above is a band of triplet artists who call themselves Triiibe (I actually know them a ’lil bit) & am fascinated by their work; Zack Braff in Garden State.


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    Apr 21, 2011, 04.08 PMby kelepso

    Love it! Very daring!

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    Apr 17, 2011, 08.28 PMby ruthw

    Here in Turkey, the mixed floral prints on prints thing is really the aesthetic of fat old ladies from the countryside. Charming and cheerful as those old ladies may be, stylish they are not. I do wear prints but I try to flee the frump factor that comes from mixes.

    However, this fashion is precisely inspired by the “tribal aesthetic” of course. Maybe it’s just about OK if you are young and lovely…… If I wore it, the bus drivers would all start calling me “aunty”! (But I have got about two yards of and African print lurking at the bottom of my stash…..)

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    Apr 15, 2011, 02.14 PMby artepart

    I love prints on prints,it makes me happy.It’s great to look at,it’s very daring and if you want to make something yourself you just put a lot of your own fabrics on a pile,see how it looks and starts sewing.

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    Apr 15, 2011, 01.15 PMby Marchelj

    I love the print on print !!!! The middle lady in all leopard looks great.

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    Apr 14, 2011, 10.30 PMby peaches2218

    It really depends a lot on the prints. The word busy exists in the English language as a description for textiles for a reason: all of the above photos. As a general rule, I hate print-on-print combinations because they are just that: BUSY! There is just too much movement in the prints for your eye to focus on the whole or on individual details. I think the only way to make print-on-print combinations work is to use a “neutral” print like dots or stripes or something similar in a tone-on-tone or complementary colour scheme combined with a busier print in the same colour family or a combination of geometric prints. It moves out of the realm of fashion, but if you look at some of the most beautiful quilts, they rarely have closely set combinations of busy prints. When you put a whole bunch of craziness together, you get an “I Spy” quilt, and those are awfully hard on the eyes, especially when they’re not set with solids between the different patterns. The same idea goes for clothes. If you want to combine prints, use different scales, try to break up the sections with solids, and if you get dizzy when you look at the final outcome, IT’S TOO MUCH!

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    Apr 14, 2011, 06.47 PMby Cristina Haines

    No. The only one who looked good to me was the black girl in the harem pants, and even then, it’s way too much leopard print to wear out anywhere. It may be able to work if you stick within a color scheme (especially monochrome), but that’s obviously not what most of these designers did!

    Then again, I’m not a funky type of gal. The three demure women on the bench looked fine. But I think if I saw those shoes up close I might have a mini heart attack.

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    Apr 14, 2011, 04.33 PMby youreprettyweird

    Such a feast for the eyes. I enjoy simplicity and all, but these pictures make me want to splatter paint all my clothing…love. <3

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    Apr 14, 2011, 02.10 PMby Eric Farr

    I would do it as long as there is a common color theme running through, or when I can work in two contrasting prints. You just have to be careful at how you do it.

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    Apr 14, 2011, 02.09 PMby Shelley Cassky

    Love it all except the leopard on leopard. That’s a bit too much.

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    Apr 14, 2011, 04.27 AMby sealtopaz

    I love the African print’s fabric. It makes the dizziness even more beautiful and special.

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    Apr 14, 2011, 01.56 AMby Megan Richards

    Depends…some of these I love, others not so much. The SUNO ones are fabulous as is dress on the girl in the second picture (you know, the one whose hair looks like it was rolled in soup cans :P) Although, to really pull this look off it seems necessary to make sure you have patterns with the same color scheme and mix sizes of your prints. My wardrobe is made up of too many mismatched pieces to pull this off, though!

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    Apr 13, 2011, 08.21 PMby carbonnation

    YES. However, it is necessary, I feel, for the wearer to have the correct attitude towards what she is wearing, else she may come off as frumpy. :] I love paisley prints, and tiny florals. Anything bright and colorful.

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    Apr 13, 2011, 07.27 PMby foteini

    I love PRINTS! Prints all year round. African prints – the best!

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    Apr 13, 2011, 05.16 PMby Natasha Venzke

    I’ve always liked the look, it can be amazing if done well. But so far I’ve only tried it once. I combined stripes and florals of the same colours for a diaper bag (http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/blue-diaper-bag) I think it worked really well.

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    Apr 13, 2011, 04.48 PMby Jll58

    I do..mix prints, but not all. It depends on, for me that is, the print, the color(s) and the design of whatever I’m sewing. Some of my outfits are of three different bold prints, but all in the same color line. Sometimes not. Its one of those things that belongs to one’s individual taste. And I like that, we are not all the same, life would be to boring, wouldn’t it. But, at least we should always try it out. Start with one bold print and one smaller print, same color line. You might be surprised.

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    Apr 13, 2011, 03.25 PMby gaidig

    Some I like, some I don’t. I think pulling it off successfully requires careful thought about balance, as a quilter would think about prints.

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    Apr 13, 2011, 02.12 PMby strawberrypancakesbykim

    I do not like prints on prints – it’s far too overwhelming to my eyes!

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    Apr 13, 2011, 12.39 PMby ruthw

    No, even if you are stunning and model-like, people will snigger behind you as you walk down the street and ask you if you got dressed in the dark……..

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    Apr 13, 2011, 08.45 AMby loyl8

    I love prints on prints!!!!

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    Apr 13, 2011, 08.00 AMby Antisocialite

    Sure it’s daring and the effects can be spectacular if done right. I think it’s easier to rock this look than the other “excess” trend around right now – colour blocking.

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    Apr 13, 2011, 04.27 AMby simplyb

    I love the look myself but have been a little nervous to try it.

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    Apr 13, 2011, 03.28 AMby makurochan

    i screen-print my own prints on top of other prints/woven patterns, lol, so i guess the answer would be yes!

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    Apr 13, 2011, 02.37 AMby Lucha Suarez

    I love prints! The more, the better!

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    Apr 13, 2011, 01.25 AMby pambox

    i think most of those combinations do work. not sure about all over animal print, and i’ve never been a fan of missoni, but the vogue italia ones are amazing. i’m a big fan of prints on prints, but not just any combination will work, so it’s a tricky one to do.

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    Apr 13, 2011, 12.47 AMby simpseamz

    Wow! this is stunning…the colours are dazzling and attractive, makes you want to grab them and wear for show off. lol!

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    Apr 12, 2011, 11.28 PMby anuchka

    Wow, very vividly life-affirming!!! I LOVE SUNO collection!

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    Apr 12, 2011, 11.20 PMby Dani Restercher

    YES YES AND AGAIN YES! Mixing florals especially YES, I love it – even though it’s difficult to make it work well.

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      Apr 12, 2011, 11.21 PMby Dani Restercher

      The Garden State scene – I saw it the other day actually, made me laugh quite a lot but I don’t understand printing it onto wallpaper and fabric? Ah well :)

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    Apr 12, 2011, 10.55 PMby prettyfascinated

    Some mixing of prints is really cool and interesting but I am not at all fond of the excessive leopard print. I think it would just be very difficult to get right, but can look incredible if you do (as shown in those amazing Vogue Italia photos! Wow!)

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    Apr 12, 2011, 10.39 PMby klkateri

    I think the key to making this work is sticking to the same colors!! Although, I love the table setting with the black and white and then bold, funky floral!! I think I would try a summer dress in this trend… and maybe even a table setting. This seems like it can be a fun trend, but you have to make sure to tread carefully!! But, I’m game so I think I’ll go for it!!

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