I’ve decided to interpret the new trend that is known as Print Blocking as this will be my competition entry.Interestingly enough, although the mixing and matching of different prints (print blocking) is a fairly new trend it’something people on the street have been doing for ages.I’m sure you’ve all seen people pairing unlikely prints that can be hazardous,noteworthy or delightful to look at .There is a huge African Print influence in Durbz, and I dont mean safari or animal print that mainstream designers deem “African inspired”.Instead we see prints that are closer to home and synonymous with African Culture that create a much more elaborate dialogue- one that expresses personality and viewpoints. Here are some fresh prints and patterns, and even stripes that people are wearing on the streets.
Which Prints, Where?
Ok so which prints do I choose and which prints go where??To ease into the whole mixing and matching of prints you can always choose a single print as the focal point in your outfit and pair it with a printed bag, be it clashing or similar .A good approach is to wear prints of the same family or colour throughout an outfit.Do whatever feels and looks right, a key ingredient in pulling this off is the confidence you exude when you’re wearing a calamity of colours or prints, it’s got to have an effortless appeal to work.
Let’s Print Block
And finally we have made it onto full blown PRINT BLOCKING for intermediates.With all the prints to choose from, you can take your pick at pairing whatever you like.Keep an eye out for Polka dots this summer as the collaboration by artist Yayoi Kusama and Louis Vuitton show off polka dots from shoes and watches to sunglasses. Mel shows off her print blocking ability and gets it right on target by pairing a polka dot sheer shirt with tribal print shorts. To complete the look she added dotted stockings that gave off a whimsical and playful vibe. After drooling over close ups of Mel’s outfit, may we all go forth into the world and print block evermore.