Both Prada and Louis Vuitton got in on the geometric action for F/W 12. The former expertly mixed two diamond prints--the Silk/Wool Argyle Coat ($2950) and Silk/Wool Pants ($1365)--then tempered the mesmerizing patterns with the monochrome Cotton Poplin Embroidered Shirt ($695), Silk/Wool Dress ($2650), and Tricotina Wool Skirt ($1695). The Satin Embellished Bag ($2350) and Satin Embellished Shoes ($1450) gave the look a whimsical finish. Over at Louis Vuitton, designer Marc Jacobs showed a boxy Embellished Jacket (price upon request, 866.VUITTON) and cropped Embellished Pants (price upon request, 866.VUITTON) that were swathed in a '70s-style psychedelic print. A saucy pair of First Class Two Strap Pumps (price upon request, 866.VUITTON) and the Nelly Hat (price upon request, 866.VUITTON) updated the retro-inspired ensemble with a modern feel.
Several tastemakers have embraced geometry on the red carpet as well! Both Michelle Williams and Girls' Zosia Mamet wore patterned dresses with minimalist accessories. Williams attended Comic-Con International in San Diego last month in a long-sleeved dress from Giulietta's Resort 13 collection. The navy and white print gets a punch of color with Giuseppe Zanotti Design's Magenta Suede Peep-Toe Platform Pumps With Ankle Straps ($650, 310.858.1990). At a Savages screening in June, Mamet covered up on top but showed off mile-long legs in a mod mini dress and chunky platform wedges. Florence Welch deviated from the dress equation, instead wearing Prabal Gurung's Pre-Fall 12 matching top and pants while out and about in New York in May. No-nonsense accessories, like Gucci's New Bamboo Leather Top Handle Bag ($2030), glossy black clogs, and round sunglasses, serve as the perfect foil to Welch's bold outfit.
Get The Look/Skirts & Dresses
Want to put a little geometry into play in your everyday look? Consider a standout piece like a skirt or dress! Tibi's Nicola Asymmetrical Skirt ($298) features a bright, dizzying print, but its asymmetrical hem and contrast waistband give it an instant cool factor. Or go for Milly's Julia 3/4 Sleeve Dress ($385); just offset the yellow and black tile print with black ankle-strap shoes and an understated cross-body purse.
Get The Look/Pants
If you feel like channeling Welch's look, J.Crew's Café Capris in Kaleidoscope Dot ($148) in Light Blue Red is an ideal choice. The pants may boast a loud, playful motif, but a classic silhouette makes it refined enough for work. Simply team the trousers with a solid-colored blouse and sleek pumps.
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We'd be remiss if we didn't include a piece by Jonathan Saunders, the prince of prints. His Vanni Printed Cotton-Blend Jacket ($1200) is a truly splurge-worthy piece, as the stylish cover-up has a muted geometric pattern that lends itself well to any occasion.
Get The Look/Accessories
If you're more minimalist, go for the accessories route with this bold trend. Theodora & Callum is renowned for punchy patterned scarfs (floral, paisley, and everything in between), so the Black Multi Kaleidoscope Allover Fringe Scarf ($175, available mid-August) is sure to solve all your dressing dilemmas. Or you could opt for Cutler and Gross' Star-Detailed Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses ($550), an edgy take on oversized frames. Jazz up a monochrome outfit with Forever 21's Colorful Geo Bracelet ($7) or Reiss' Genie Panelled Satin Clutch Bag ($230); colorful geometric angles pop against the curved bangle and rectangular clutch. Finally, if you seek some geo-inspired footwear, Zara's Fabric Sandals ($90) are your best bet. The sharp black and white motif makes a statement teamed with a leather mini skirt--a styling formula that's easy for anyone to understand!--Tiffany Tse
Prada runway photo, courtesy of Prada; Louis Vuitton runway photo, courtesy of Louis Vuitton; photo of Michelle Williams, courtesy of Getty Images; photo of Florence Welch, courtesy of INF.