Paisley with floral? Tribal prints with checkers? Geometric swirls with baroque embroidery? No, this isn’t a run-down of Solange Knowles’ wardrobe, it’s the latest trend in prints, which is inspiring chaos on the red carpet — organized chaos, that is. It seems designers couldn’t make up their minds about which prints to work with this season, so they piled them all on together for a mosaic effect that’s eclectic, striking and certainly statement-making.
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British 'It' girl Vanessa Kirby mixed different but complementary patterns in her Michael Van Der Ham ensemble at the Jameson Empire Film Awards. Sequins gave her almost-floral print pencil skirt a shimmer, while her silk blouse featured a hand-painted cloud print — lace Nicholas Kirkwood booties added yet another pattern to her azure look.
At the Kid’s Choice Awards, Victoria Justice turned heads in a summery Pia Pauro minidress featuring a kaleidoscope of abstract colors and shapes.
Mary Katrantzou is known for her wild print concoctions, which Poppy Delevingne put on display at the Vogue Triple Threats dinner. Her breezy jumpsuit was decorated in an all-over art deco print with bold graphics mixed in. Miranda Kerr’s artful Peter Pilotto dress at the Global Green USA Pre-Oscar party was a whirlwind of checkers, stripes, and geometric patterns.
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Andrea Riseborough’s pleated Proenza Schouler dress combined colorblocking with rich photo prints, and the actress wisely kept the rest of her look minimal to avoid clutter. Brandy Norwood wore a fresh Kenzo suit for an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show — the original print was a blend of leopard and poppy florals and gave her a youthful spring feel.
Ready to dive into these chaotic prints? We’ve sorted through the mayhem and picked out these six mosaic-effect pieces:
1. Clover Canyon Neon Cowboy Dress – $255; 2. Rachel Roy Abstract Orchid Print Sleeveless Dress – $398; 3. Eva Varro Animal Print Tunic – $140; 4. Otswald Helgason Nautical Printed Cotton Trousers – $450; 5. Milly Piped Pencil Skirt – $245; 6. NastyGal Lumeria Dress – $300;