Here is a review of the foulard scarf print fashion looks for
the spring summer season of 2012. This article describes in
detail the main scarf print styles in dresses, pants, blouse and
maxi dresses. This is an important trend for summer and just one
scarf print item will enliven your wardrobe bringing it into
Today Hermθs and Liberty still makes silk foulard headscarves.
In the past square silk headscarves were often made in a
beautiful glossy richly patterned silk material known as silk
foulard. Today silk foulard is still used, but since the middle
of the C20th many silk scarf materials have been made
from satin polyester.
Left - Minted!
Etro Paisley Blouse £575 - Stockist Number:
Right - Skinted! Marks & Spencer Scarf Print Blouson Top.
Dependant on the grade of polyester used, it can sometimes be
almost impossible to distinguish between the fabrics at first
glance. It is only on handling and wearing the fabric that the
wearer notices differences in drape and feel, especially in
hotter climates. Since this type of pattern is so
distinguishable as the same found on headscarf foulard,
retailers in 2012 are once again describing these richly
patterned garments as
Women have loved paisley patterns for centuries. The
Georgians and Victorians adored Kashmir scarves woven or
embroidered with intricate traditional paisley patterns.
Initially the scarves/shawls were a covetable imported
accessory of the wealthy only until manufacturers mass produced
cheaper versions in both Paisley and Norwich. In the 1980s there
was also a huge revival of the large paisley shawl and women
draped them over their shoulders and arranged them in a dozen
different ways to uplift a plainer outfit.
Read more about the Victorian Kashmir shawl here.
Viyella Ocean Paisley Short Dress £175 - Viyella SS12
Ella - Stockist Number: 01845 573 120 or Viyella.co.uk.
Right - Etro Paisley Dress £575 - Farfetch.com.
Now for 2012 there are paisley patterns combined with delicious
colours such as deep blues.
Paisley adds a
richness to print that is enhanced by simple tunic shapes where
the print takes centre stage. Maxi dresses show the paisley off
to perfection when the deign meanders as a border print changing
scale from small to medium to larger paisley motifs.
The horse emblem, paisley and leather hardware imagery was used on many pieces of clothing and
accessories and fitted perfectly with the history of Gucci in
its 90th year. It looks especially good in scarf print blouses.
But expect to see scarf prints across the whole spectrum of
garments including dresses and pyjama styled trousers.
The high street has their version of silk foulard styles and
these show the motif being mirror reversed or kaleidoscopically
Left - Blue/Gold Scarf Circle Kaleidoscope
Border Print Tunic Dress From SS12 Very.co.uk.
Centre - Missguided Scarf Print Dress - Spring Summer 2012
Right - Oasis SS12 Scarf Print Full Skirt
Silk Scarf Handkerchief Hemlines
Left - Catwalk Lookalike - Scarf Print Handkerchief Hem Dress BHS £30.
Centre - Dolce&Gabbana SS12 Scarf Dress.
Left & Right - River Island Scarf Print Handkerchief Hem Maxi Dress.
Centre - Very.co.uk - Scarf Print Boobtube Dress £45.
Centre - Warehouse Paisley Scarf Print Blouse £50, Long Line Blue Jacket £60, Tailored Coral
Pink Shorts £35, -
Warehouse Spring Summer 2012.
Warehouse Stockist Number: 0845 122 2251.
Right - Oasis SS12 - Border Scarf Print Pink & White Dress.
Celebrate spring and summer with
Spring Floral Blooms
Art Scene Prints - Think Rodarte/Vincent Van Gogh, Jill Sander/Pablo Picasso.
Afro Tribal/Jungle Mix
Or opt for classic prints - try
the fashion trend for spots and stripes instead.
Below dresses featuring border prints that meander and soften
in motif size and colour depth. Silk scarves are not always
paisley designs but also meandering floral or abstract patterns.
Frequently designers treat a scarf as an open canvas and in
recent years younger fashion designers have approached the dress
in the same way making the dress a canvas for their marks whilst
navigating the form of the body.
Left & Centre - Oasis SS12 Blue Print Dress.
Right - Primark Flower Print Dress £15.
Primark UK Ladieswear Stockist Number: 0118 9606 300.
Peter Pilotto's fashion show had the most beautiful prints with
detailed sculptured shapes making each garment a piece of art.
More print was at Jonathan Saunders with paisley print shots
and frocks in pastels that spread in Ombre wave bands from
richer tones at hemlines softening to paler shaded above. Polka
dot bib dresses offered softer more classic pattern for those
scared of big prints.
Beautiful blues feature in many prints and plains.
Printed Pyjama Palazzo Pants
Printed Pants have captured the imagination of
Left - Blue Floral Trousers 50/£38 - NEXT. NEXT Stockist
0844 844 8000.
£25, Earrings £7.50, Necklace £15, Bracelet £7.50 Marks &
Centre - Gucci Printed Silk Pyjama Trousers - Farfetch.com.
Right - Blue & White Scarf Print Pyjama Pants - Wallis SS12.
Choose from patterned pants that are skinny or wide. Both suit
Paisley prints offer incredible variety in SS12. In multi
colours the paisley motif looks joyful and trades on its Indian
heritage of spectacular colour mixing.
Feather Print Patterns
Left - Green Feather Print Dress. Monsoon SS12 Neo Mexico
Ramirez Dress £65/99 Due May - Monsoon Stockist Number:
Right - Isme Blue Feather Print Tunic Dress.
The Classic Scarf Print Shirt
Left - NEXT Red Roses Scarf Border Print Black Shirt £30/40, Ring £6/8 - Both NEXT Clothing - Stockist
Number: 0844 844 8000.
Foulard Silk Scarf Border Prints
For SS12 D&G used inspirational silk foulard printed
squares to create designs and accessories that stretched the
imagination. Orange apple and fuchsia all clashed baroque-style
patterns as prints were mixed in a joyful way.
Left - Top £14, Skirt £10 by F&F Womenswear Spring Summer 2012 -
Right - Hobbs Unlimited Spot Print Scarf Blouse,
£129/150. Animal Maxi Skirt, £139/160 - Stockist Number: 0845
313 3130 - Hobbs.co.uk.
Left - Scarf Print Blouse Top £29, Pants £49 - La Redoute
Stockist Number: 0844 842 2222.
Right - Scarf Print Shirt Marks & Spencer.
Left - Minted! Etro Paisley Blouse £575 - Stockist Number:
Right - Skinted! Marks & Spencer Scarf Print Blouson Top.
These scarf prints all make use of the borders and central motif associated with silk
scarf prints and they are incorporated into the garment design
with the initial fabric cutting.
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