Loving the choice of prints this season

I really love a great print, but then I did study print design when I was at university back in 2001, so I have always had a passion for it. I love the many ways print can be used, brick repeat, random repeat, check and free hand painted designs. A print can add texture and depth to the fabric and I feel there is something for all personalities from sharp graphic prints to artistic florals.

Prints are so versatile and there are many different ways of wearing them.  If you’re thinking of introducing a small amount of print to your wardrobe then pick colours which will work with existing items. For example, I love a black and white print, and adding a printed jacket or scarf to your favourite black dress can be a simple way to start.

black print jacket and black dress

Little black dress from Mama b with a graphic layered print jacket from Rundholz

This season we have had such a great choice of printed designs, the biggest trend this season being stripes, as seen on many of the catwalks this spring. We had stripes from Mama b, Rundholz and Moyuru.


Rundholz look book picture of striped tunic with matching harem trousers.

mama b stripe

Mama b editorial picture, with stripe trousers and blue tunic

moyuru stripe trouser 1

Moyuru fine stripe trouser works well with a boxy white tee.

I love the Rundholz prints this Season, the Black Label collection has alphabetical prints and the words are from the Oscar wild story, ‘The Canterville Ghost’. The collection has stripes, layered repeats, block repeats and random prints of large ‘a’.


Rundholz black label prints

 Layering is a great way to add print and you can be subtle or bold, I have layered a black sleeveless top over a long sleeve printed top, it looks great but also lets you take the sleeveless top though to autumn.


Subtle layered outfit

You can also add print subtly by choosing one like these grey trousers which are two shades of grey. I have teamed them up with a grey cardigan which has a subtle embossed lettering in the knit, and the white top breaks up the grey and make it look fresh.


Grey printed harem trousers, layered with a white top and grey cardigan.

Here, I have layered a printed top and jacket both in the same style print but with reversed colours which I think looks bold and edgy, it makes much more impact.


Bold edgy printed outfit

Here I am in my favourite purchase of the season, I am actually wearing them today. They are a very bold black and white print but look great teamed up with a randomly placed print t.shirt in the same lettering style.


My favourite Rundholz printed harems

rundholz printed trousers

Today I am wearing my favourite printed trousers with a plain black tee

In this photo, I am wearing the same style of printed trouser but in the blue which is much more subtle than the contrasting black and white print. To give the outfit even more ‘wow factor’ I have added a bold printed white and blue tee. This outfit shows how well two different prints can work well together.

Printed harems and t.shirt from Rundholz

Printed harems and t.shirt from Rundholz

As well as stripes being a big trend this season, they are also very classic. I am always wearing my black pinstripe trousers from about 4 years ago.  I love these striped harems which I wore on my holiday this month. Teamed with a black t.shirt they look very classic and I know these will be in my summer wardrobe 4 years from now.

stripe trouser holiday

on holiday in my black and white stripe harem with a basic black t.shirt

In this outfit I have shown how well you can mix a stripe with a different print. The top has a subtle lettering print with a layered white ‘a’, using the same shade of colour really helps when mixing prints.


Red stripe trousers with printed top


Buying trip for winter 2016

It’s crazy to start thinking about winter when we haven’t even had summer yet, but the next few months will go so quickly and in July the new deliveries will start arriving.

We travelled to Germany in January this year, and we had a really successful buying trip.

We’re pleased to announce we have Xenia back in store for next season, the collection for autumn is fantastic, great wearable pieces for evening which really create a statement. I found this picture on Xenia Designs Facebook page, of us looking at the collection.

Xenia Designs show at the Gallery in Dusseldorf

Xenia Designs show at the Gallery in Dusseldorf, picture from Xenia designs facebook page.

The Gallery show was in an amazing new location called Areal Böhler, this venue was a large warehouse building, much easier to get a round as it was all on one floor and we loved the industrial feel. Although we did have to walk miles to and from the car in the freezing cold…not as glamorous as Fashion Buying may seem!

The long back to the car from the Gallery show.

The long back to the car from the Gallery show.

The main highlight, as always, was the Rundholz collection, we spent the whole of Saturday at the show room. The Collection for Winter 2016 has been inspired by Elizabethan portraits.

Rundholz window display for autumn / winter 2016

Rundholz window display for autumn / winter 2016

The Dip collection has fantastic rich devore fabrics, touchable textures and the colours are black, brown, navy and gold. The gold is highlighted in accessories, fabrics and gold paint splashes. And we have chosen from Lisa Tucci some wonderful footwear to complement the ‘gold theme’ and also some ‘wow factor’ jewellery pieces from Jamais sans toi, which also feature gold quite strongly.

Rundholz dip jacket

Rundholz Dip jacket with gold splashes.

Rundholz Dip

Beautiful colours in the Rundholz Dip collection

The Black label collection has rich colours of blue, wine red, grey and black. The prints are abstract florals and hand painted flower heads, the fabrics are rich. There are heavy cottons, velvets and soft knits. This season there is a larger variety of oversized pieces and lots of wonderful shaped dresses with zip details and all types of trousers from straight, balloon shaped and harems.

Over sized printed zip top

Over sized printed zip top

Floral mesh top

Floral mesh top

Rundholz black label colours and fabrics

Rundholz black label colours and fabrics

Working hard in the Rundholz show room

Working hard in the Rundholz show room

As usual we headed to our favourite restaurant after a long day http://www.be-luga.de/  where we had a wonderful meal then returned to the hotel for a nightcap of a few more cocktails!

From left to right - Keely, Anne, Tony, Sandie, and Sara

From left to right – Keely, Anne, Tony, Sandie, and Sara