Mismatched Magic

D&G SS12Spring has a new feel good factor; mismatched prints are working their way into outfits and evening wear alike as designers rediscover the magic of contrasting patterns. Crochet, paisley, brocade and florals are all being combined and refreshed in clashing colourations and unexpected textures. Ironically, they work.


“I enjoy print for the way it speaks to people, and this season we wanted it to be as strong as a colour statement,” says McCartney who played with sizzling prints of electric-blue and burgundy with striking black silk backgrounds. Diane Kruger recently opted for a pairing of stripes and florals that rocked the mismatched trend but divided opinion.


Even paisley has stolen hearts. The Indian heritage pattern has long been associated with textile house Etro, who still continue to craft bold printed separates, glossy fabrics, and innovative colour combinations. Emilio Pucci’s gliding skirts of incompatible paisley were also unmistakable in splashes of lime and pink. “I’ve always loved paisley,” says Jonathon Anderson. “I think of it as being aristocratic, eccentric and humorous – a little bit ironic. It’s quite ugly yet still rather beautiful.”


Print, has been signature on the runways, with Marc Jacobs continually reinventing the trend. A pastel boucle mini skirt becomes updated with a shocking bright knit. Erdem’s hard working florals, reminiscent of Chelsea flower show, share their differences with nautical black and white stripes but suit regardless. Print turns out to be not only exuberant, but also a wonderfully rewarding experience for those daring enough to reap them.