Thursday, August 11, 2011

This Trend Just In: Pattern with a Purpose

Every season features at least one covetable pattern, but this summer pattern matching (and mix-matching) is a trend taken from the fall season that seems to also work well with warm weather wear. Since the heat doesn't allow for layering patterns as much, many designers have taken queues and either combined patterns into one single-layer ensemble or created a pattern or print to create visually stunning - yet wearable - optical illusions.


Rose Byrne attended the MoMA Celebratory Dinner in a Peter Pilotto chiffon river print dress and Brian Atwood 'Betsey' sandals.

Jessica Alba was out (showing off her baby bump) in a button-down chiffon striped and spotted dress from Chris Benz Resort 2012.

Minka Kelly wore a green mixed print dress by Etro to Comic Con. Long and loose wavy hair and nude platform pumps complete the look.

TV personality turned reality starlet Lala Vazquez-Anthony wore this baby floral patterned bubble dress from Zara while out running errands.

Gillian Zinser was seen on the set of '90210' in this Maxi Floral Print Dress.

Debra Messing was seen strolling on the beach in this breezy white-black-and red patterned dress.

Catherine Zeta-Jones wore this vibrant multi-colored cover-up with a thigh-high slit while relaxing in the French Riviera.

Marion Cotillard wore this rather shapeless - yet well proportioned - Thakoon red patterned short 'tent' tunic dress with asymmetrical hem on the red carpet.

Madonna's daughter Lourdes looks all grown up in this All Saints Collection dress.

US Vogue's Editor Anna Wintour wore this taffeta print cocktail dress from Balenciaga's 2012 Resort collection for a premiere, complete with a beaded necklace and her signature bob and sunglasses.

During their whirlwind North American tour, Kate Middleton attended the Foundation Polo Challenge event with Prince William wearing a marble gray hand painted chinoiserie silk dress from Jenny Packham's Spring 2011 collection.

Glee's Jayma Mays worked the watercolored carpet for the Critics' Choice Awards in this watercolor print strapless Elise Overland dress, vibrant orange clutch and nude platforms.

Nikki Reed donned an Etro tribal inspired print maxi dress for the Teen Choice Awards.


There are a few (brave) men who've embraced the trend and although their pairings can be considered much more watered down than their female counterparts, their interpretation is as spot on as you'd expect, with a few unexpected pattern pairings all in the name of fun - and fashion!

Pharrell Williams was seen wearing his own Ice Cream branded shorts.

Its a fashion face-off for the fellas! Here we see David Beckham and Adam Levine in this Ralph Lauren 'Navajo' inspired shawl collared sweater. Who do you think wore it better?

Kanye West wore this now infamous Celine blouse to perform at Coachella.

RuPaul paired this plaid suit with cowboy boots, striped shirt and flower for a Jimmy Choo for H&M event. Is this pattern pairing too busy or just right?

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1 comment:

  1. RuPaul's plaid suit maybe being too busy? He's a DRAG QUEEN. This suit isn't nearly busy enough.