NYFW Report: Blue and White China Print

Earlier this summer, Roberto Cavalli’s 2013 Resort Collection debuted, which was a collection of entirely head-to-toe print looks inspired by the classic blue and white floral printed china we see so often with fine housewares. Trends in decor and fashion always co-mingle and play off each other so this is not necessarily a surprising inspiration for the house of Cavalli.

Now, just a few months later as we look at New York Fashion Week trends for Spring 2013 emerging, several other designers have incorporated various versions of this inspiration into their collections also. Most notable was the work of Tadashi Shoji (pictured below) who translated a patterned table cloth found at the Rose Bowl market in Pasadena into a textile print. Drop waists, delicate lace, and a polished sophistication made this collection one to remember.

Other designers were less direct in their influence of this decor pattern in their work, but traces of it were definitely still there. For example, 10 Crosby Derek Lam (left below) and Gryphon (right below) both utilized the print in a head to toe look with a trouser silhouette on the bottom. The faded, vintage vibe of Gryphon was characteristic of the entire collection, separating it from many designers who were more bold in their spring 2013 color palates (Lisa Perry, Erin Fetherston, etc).

More modern than classic, Misha Nonoo (left below) and Peter Som (right below) contributed to the vibe of this trend as well. With a larger, less geometric print by Misha and a lace version by Som, it kept the trend from appearing too repetitive across each collection. As always, it is fascinating to see different designer’s takes on the same sort of idea.

Charlotte for one is excited about this print, as this cobalt blue is one of her favorite colors to wear. In fact, knowing this, her co-workers once renamed it “Charlotte Blue.” To have a gorgeous printed piece to add to her wardrobe would be a perfect fit in with so many existing items.

How do you feel about this trend for 2013? Love it, or leave it? Let us know the comments below! 


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