It’s no secret that designers have substituted logos with recognizable prints and patterns. Currently, Miuccia Prada remains one of the most relevant print masters in the game as she continues to forge Prada’s identity as a brand by using creative prints and patterns that stand out more clearly, albeit in a subtle manner, than any logo could. With her use of hot rods, rococo bananas, and most recently, bold hexagons, Prada’s collections have become instantly recognizable to the fashion eye almost everywhere. For Prada Fall 2012, Miuccia sent out an army of models in blunt retro prints with dizzying geometric patterns from head to toe, including matching totes and briefcases. Not only have printed and patterned accessories shown no signs of slowing down for the time being, they have hit the fashion world full force for spring. Here are the top 10 pieces you will be vying to get this season.
The Oversized Bag
DVF’s classic chain link print gets a colorful update in this canvas bag. The chain-link hardware detail takes this bag from the beach to a less casual setting instantly, making it also a perfect everyday bag for the spring. Kaya comes in several bold prints including the very fashion-forward loopy orange, shown here. Another great reason to purchase this day bag? It runs under $300.
The Designer Wedge
If you are looking for spring sandals that exude a ton of personality while still being chic, Marni’s printed leather wedge sandals are your answer. While these shoes are definitely in the stand-out category, the muted nectarine color tones down the exaggerated circle print that runs through the entire shoe, making them highly wearable with different looks. Not only will these tonal wedges look great over bare legs, you can also wear them over cute ankle socks for a quirkier and fun look. Pair these with a neutral colored full skirt and tribal jewelry for a night out on the town.
Feminine Boat Shoes
As proven by these darling shoes, Milly and Sperry Top-Sider are one of fashion’s best pairings as of yet. Preppy and fashionably chic, these comfortable flats are not your typical boat shoes. These iconic shoes are emboldened by a lively floral print, a soft leather trim and metallic gold laces. Pair these with with denim skinnies and day dresses for optimal wear.
The Digital Sleeve
From neon patent leather to python, iPad and tablet sleeves have become just as fashion-forward as their carriers. This multi-colored floral print sleeve from Tory Burch is no exception. The tiny floral print resembles a Monet, which looks even bolder in its patent coated case.
This Season's Ballet Slippers
Repetto’s signature BB flats get digitized in a multi-colored pixel print. Standout and playful, the digital print on these ballet slippers is one of the biggest trends this season. However, because of their classic shape, you will keep them on rotation long after spring is over. Another reason to purchase these flats? Great accents like a contrasting black grosgrain trim and bow that keep these bright flats edgy and modern.
The Lust-Worthy Item
The highly coveted PS1 gets the tropical treatment this season in a vintage inspired motif. Contemporary accents like brown leather and dark metal hardware look right on trend contrasted with Hawaiian florals and palm trees printed on a muted yellow canvas. A gorgeous investment piece that will liven up any outfit, any season.
The Greatest Buy
Shopping at ASOS is always the answer when you’re looking to purchase a fashion-forward item without having to shell out a huge part of your savings. These adorable bird print court shoes are no exception. Playful and demure, these stilettos feature an adorable bird print throughout the whole shoe. The pointy toe and double ankle straps keep these shoes sexy, while the neutral hued surface keeps them plenty versatile.
A Gift for All
Looking for a cute and inexpensive present to say "thank you", "happy birthday", or just "here you go"? Try on this cute printed clasp purse for size. The coral sharks and palm trees printed on this tres-adorable clasp purse give off a quirky vibe to an otherwise old lady chic coin purse. So unique and stylish you’ll be looking for excuses to pull out your change.
Your Seasonal Splurge
Life at sea has never looked this good. YSL’s Roady hobo gets the seasonal upgrade with a nautical-inspired print that is oh-so sailor-chic. Classic colors keep this bag from being “too trendy”, while the hobo Roady shape keeps it elegant and a classic. This striking purse will look just as great on your way to work as it will on your vacation in the French Riviera.
The Tribal-Print Shoe
The Aztec print gets the two-tone treatment with these Theodora & Callum wedges. In a standout combination of blue and lime green, these canvas wedges look fresh and spring ready. The velcro ankle strap gives these tribal shoes an added street element, making them a great pairing with ankle length pants and skirts.