From screen-printing to pattern-weaving, the spring season are often synonymous with an eclectic mix of visual offerings. But aside from the graphic prints strewn onto apparel, there are also those few designers who use the season of vibrance to display patterns of technique. Augmenting textures, such as leather and silk, into patterned masterpieces, these elite few offer the fashion obsessed something a bit more unique than stripes and animal prints. Intricate quilting techniques and supreme attention to detail come into the spotlight, as the technically elite show off their skill.
The first collection that comes to mind is that of French fashion house, Balmain. A name synonymous with innovative leather goods, glaring detailing that demands attention, and excellent transformation of textures, Balmain’s SS14 collections rings true to the brand’s vision. Creating a print of sorts through quilting, and patterning similarly throughout entire collections, Balmain is a brand of bold choices. There are persona-defining pieces designed for both menswear and womenswear, and there is an assortment of designs to choose from. Whether you’re looking for an Italian moto-ready outfit, or some chic Parisian eveningwear, with Balmain’s unique designs you will find pieces to suit your every fashion-forward need.
Other pieces that come to mind reflect subtler trends in textures, like illusionary floating fabrics. By meshing together sheer and silken fabrics, designers like Dorothy Perkins are able to find more feminine applications of the trend. Classic designs of the 1920’s, or other early eras, are elevated as the contrasting fabrics and subtlety of the transition highlight the form of the body. A stunning illusionary effect, this trend not only shows innovation in design but also innovation in textile manipulation—as notoriously difficult sheer fabrics are sewn into one.
More mainstream approaches to print-less patterning often take form in accessories because of the opportunity in detailing. Through mixing textures, fabrics and hardware in intricate designs, a multitude of brands are able to offer the innovative take on prints. Handbags, heels and even loafers take on a printed pattern via techniques from embroidering to broguing. And in spite of the complex display of elite designing, these print-less patterned pieces are much more versatile than their printed counterparts. A stunning quandary between simplicity and complexity, the print-less patterns are a paradigm for modern fashion!