Up until recently, we were firm believers that nothing really good, let alone fashionable, could come from the process of silk screening. (Perhaps we've seen one too many white poly-blend sweatshirts featuring unflattering childhood photos and a caption that reads "Grandma's Little Angel," okay?) So what changed our minds as of late? For fall, esteemed designers Like Riccardo Tisci, Christopher Kane, and Albert Elbaz showcased an array of pieces emblazoned with oversized pictures and trompe l'oeil prints, including both landscapes and nature, and we have to admit the results are truly stylish and visually interesting. Whether they're updating a classic silhouette or adding interest to a downtown look, these photo prints are the perfect way to bring life to your fall wardrobe, which is why we're spotlighting them in today's Trend Report!
When considering the best designer references for today's story, two runways immediately came to mind: Givenchy and Moschino Cheap And Chic. At the former, a painted image of a pride of black panthers was printed on a number of ladylike separates, like the Black Chiffon Blouse with Pant Print Satin Border ($4225, 212. 206.1272) and the Black Panther Print Skirt ($1855, 212. 206.1272). Of course, animals weren't the only focus of these digital prints! For the Moschino Cheap And Chic F/W 11 show, designer Rossella Jardini nodded to the four fashion capitals of the world-New York, London, Milan, and Paris-via shift dresses featuring a photo print of a famous landmark, like the Florence Cathedral on the Short Dress ($795), above.
Not surprisingly, a slew of fashion insiders were quick to get on board with this trend, demonstrating its ability to update even the most simple and classic pieces! For example, Teen Vogue's Fashion News Director, Jane Keltner de Valle, wore a Carven dress to the Boom Boom Room in New York this past August, and showed how photographic prints can instantly modernize a timeless, ladylike silhouette. Though it's a black and white photo, the large picture adds interest to the frock's otherwise understated silhouette, giving it an of-the-moment look. We saw a similar effect at an after-party celebrating Jason Wu during NYFW when model Karlie Kloss turned up in the Floral-Print Jersey Shirt ($695)-the orchid print was designed in collaboration with graffiti artist KAWS-and peplum skirt from Jason Wu's S/S 12 collection. We love how the floral photo further emphasizes the femininity of the overall ensemble.
While there's no denying we love a chic, uptown take on photo prints, we're also partial to the bolder and more colorful interpretations, as seen on Poppy Delevingne and Solange Knowles. It was hard to miss the Christopher Kane gorilla dress Delevingne wore to the celebration of Carine Roitfeld's book-Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent-at Barneys New York last month, and we were particularly fond of the way she styled the frock with a Jo Sykes leather jacket, Meli Melo's fringed Bon Bon Bespoke Bag ($475), and Prada platform heels. Knowles, on the other hand, caught our attention at Mulberry's 40th Anniversary party in New York early last month with the help of Mary Katrantzou's Scenic-Print Dress ($1395)-it's actually a swirling Grecian landscape-which she paired with gold Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte wedges, Mulberry's Fox Lock Bag ($1600), and loads of Lia Sophia jewelry, including the Horn Ring with Black Diamond Crystals and Blue Lapis and Carnelian Resin ($175), the Diamond Hinged Cuff Bracelet with Red Jasper Resin ($275), the Arrow Ring with Black Diamond Crystals ($125), and the Ransom Ring ($82), for a high-impact, after-dark outfit.
Ready to incorporate a few photo-print pieces into your fall wardrobe? If so, you've come to the right place! We've scoured the market and found plenty of statement-making options that are sure to please, starting with Robert Rodriguez's Cloudy Print Dress ($375), which would look very chic worn with a pair of simple black pumps and chain-strap bag a la Kloss and Keltner de Valle. For additional black and white options, we also approve of McQ by Alexander McQueen's Stormy Landscape Print Dress ($385) and Numph's more affordable Horse Print T ($33). If you fancy a more colorful interpretation, definitely check out AllSaints' Stallion Yavhi Top ($180), which features a majestic scene of racing horses, and Robert Rodriguez's Clematis Print Silk Dress ($385), which would be an excellent frock for a daytime wedding. Finally, for those interested in investing a bit more, we'd like to direct you to sunset beach scene cast on Zero + Mariacornejo's Contro Digital-Print Stretch-Silk Dress ($695) and the roaring lions and tigers featured on Emma Cook's Slash Neck Dress ($704); both are sure to turn heads this season.-Jessica Baker
Photo of Solange Knowles, courtesy of Getty; Photos of Karlie Kloss and Jane Keltner de Valle, courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency; Photo of Poppy Delevingne, courtesy of Wenn