While the designer references for today's sartorial report are vast, there are two Resort 12 collections that illustrate it perfectly: Celine and Balmain. For the former, designer Phoebe Philo showed a vibrant, oversized floral-print blazer-specifically the Fantasy Jacquard Fitted Jacket-paired with the Logo Crew Neck Mens Fit T Shirt ($405, 304.866.1888) in White and the Silk Crepe Cady Double Pleat Wide Pants also in white. The outerwear's vibrant print not only livens up the solid-colored separates, but its tailored shape perfectly balances the relaxed, loose-fit trousers and casual t-shirt. Over at Balmain, new designer Olivier Rousteing kept with the French fashion house's famed rock 'n' roll spirit by teaming a cropped, eagle-print Printed Jacket ($6200) with matching Printed Shorts ($1800), the Bull's Head Buckle Two-Tone Leather Belt ($1020), and cap-toe suede boots (the Suede Swarovski Crystal and Studs Boots ($2271) are a similarly embellished style) for a cool, tough-girl take on the trend.
In addition to the aforementioned designer examples, it's also worth noting that we've spotted a few well-dressed ladies working some knockout blazers into their daily mix, and the results are equally on-point! As Whitney Port and DJ/eco designer Hannah Bronfman so aptly demonstrate, printed blazers are an excellent way to punch up your after-hours ensembles. Port looked party perfect at a Crest holiday soiree in New York this past November when she upgraded her strapless WE by Whitney Eve dress (a piece that is sadly no longer available) with a blush pink, floral-print Zimmermann Speakeasy Jacket ($650, 310.285.9680). We love how the silk outerwear accentuates the dressiness of the designer's outfit, while offering the look a truly memorable finish. A few days later, at a release party for photographer Raphael Mazzucco's new book Culo in Miami, Bronfman showed off her playful sensibilities when she gave her sky blue mini dress an intriguing, artsy twist via a silky graphic spaceship-print jacket.
While printed blazers offer a foolproof way to amp up your more understated pieces, daring dressers will certainly appreciate Margherita Missoni's bold styling choice too! The Italian heiress/designer/master of prints pleased onlookers at Zac Posen's S/S 12 show with her fashion-forward mix, which consisted of a spotted Alexander McQueen navy and white blazer, Alaia flower-print top, and of-the-moment Chanel houndstooth skirt. The combination of patterns makes for one high-voltage outfit, don't you agree?
Now that you're up to speed on how both designers and tastemakers are addressing printed blazers, we'd like to help you invest in a couple of must-have options. When it comes to ultra-chic and bold botanical styles, we're crazy for Zara's multi-colored Floral Print Blazer ($129) and ASOS' Blazer ($118) in Floral Print, as well as River Island's ladylike White Floral Print Blazer ($54)! If it's a wild animal print you're after, we recommend picking up Topshop's Metallic Animal Print Blazer ($130)-the grayish hue tempers the playful pattern, making it a chic choice for the office-or Tibi's Cheetah Print Blazer ($420). We're also smitten with Topshop's Black Star Print Blazer ($130), which looks like it came straight from Dolce & Gabbana, but for a fraction of the price. Finally, for those of you who'd like to invest in a designer version, Thakoon's Chevron Print Blazer ($1450) is quite stunning and will take you well through the summer months. As for how to wear each of these pieces, be sure to let today's featured looks be your guide!-Jessica Baker
Photo of Whitney Port, courtesy of Getty; Photo of Hannah Bronfman, courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency; Celine Resort 12 image, courtesy of Karla Otto; Balmain Resort 12 image, courtesy of Balmain.