The Textile Trends I Love
Since textile is such a big part of my business and designing patterns is something I spend a lot of my time doing, I do pay attention to the trends of the seasons.
When it comes to my favorite textile trends, I most enjoy unusual patterns. While other trends like plaids and animal prints may come and go, unusual patterns may change from season to season but end up feeling more classic because of their uniqueness. Brands like Rhode, Rachel Antonoff, or Joanna Ortiz are some of my favorite brands for really unique bold and bright patterns.
For this fall, Farm Rio is offering some really bold patterns with fun imagery of birds and plants (two of my favorite things!). At Joanna Ortiz, I love the rich browns, greens blues, and corals. The Indus Valley Tunic Dress is a great example of rich colors, a bold print, and a comfortable fall silhouette. At Rachel Antonoff, this needlepoint print Jumpsuit is a great transitional piece to take you from summer to fall.
How these textile trends inspire what you see at Printfresh
I love conversational prints so I’m always looking for clothing that has unique designs and unusual motifs. If you’ve never heard this term before, conversational prints are patterns that depict objects, plants, animals, and other things that aren’t your typical motif for fabrics. This is the type of design we focus on at Printfresh.
We especially love to see plants and animals together in our textile designs. It can be a lot of fun to wear these types of prints and make you feel more playful in your wardrobe. In our behind the print series here on the PF Mag, we like to share the stories of the lesser-known animals we feature in our prints, like our Big Cats collection or the Douc Monkey that is currently featured in our Papaya Paradise collection. Sometimes, our prints are even a catalyst to help raise awareness and contributions for endangered species.
Our design style is very specific, and we approach the sense of pattern and technique in a very consistent method using gouache or hand embroidery. Though our process is always the same, the imagery could really be anything, you never know what Christiane and I will dream up!
“I tend to come up with some wild ideas – usually when I least expect them. I’m constantly making notes on my phone as ideas come to me, and adding to my never-ending slide deck of potential pattern concepts.”
We have a lot of fun going back and forth refining ideas for prints. I tend to come up with some wild ideas – usually when I least expect them. I’m constantly making notes on my phone as ideas come to me, and adding to my never-ending slide deck of potential pattern concepts. Sometimes I will text the team funny vintage inspiration or findings to build on as I come across unusual vintage ceramics or art when I go antiquing.
Creating new looks this fall
If you’re new to bold or conversational patterns, you may want to try mixing and matching with solids first. You can even use your Printfresh pajamas to start. Add a sweater over your Printfresh cami or nightgown or try a solid color tee with your capri pants. You’ll look great on camera for your next Zoom meeting or in real life when you venture out to meet friends.
Have you tried adding more conversational print to your wardrobe? Tag us in your photos on Instagram or tell us about it in the comments.