Optic Prints

FALL FASHION 2014 > Optic Prints

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Thankfully, this year’s offering contains more than the standard stripes and florals. Optic prints, think Twilight Zone-inspired psychedelic patterns, are all the rage this season, with infinite possibilities for experiment and whimsy.

Del Pozo did a clean take on the optic print trend using it sparingly in scalloped panels on colour-blocked dresses. Valentino’s entire collection revolved the throwback style, which included empire waist mini dresses complete with cuffed bell sleeves, leather capes and matching skirts all in a circular motif. Miu Miu sent out high-waisted minis in bold geometric patterns, and at Tod’s, there were entire black and white window-pane print outfits. Miuccia Prada carried over the abstract patterns with long sheath dresses for the more grown-up client wanting a more mature take on the trend. Opening Ceremony, the purveyors of everything cool, did a mod glossy backpack in a fine checkerboard print, an quick way to update an old outfit. Marc by Marc Jacobs and Simone Rocha both played with pleated and tucked plaids to create an optical illusion of an everyday print.

Jeremy Scott kept his enfant terrible vibe alive at his eponymous brand with hypnotic swirled skirts and strategically placed swirls on sweaters. In a similar vein, Matthew Williamson’s entire runway was radiating lines of an optical illusion, with the finale dress being of the same design but done in glittering sequins and a subtle silver fade at the hem. Kenzo and Temperley kept their usual aesthetics while still embracing the optic print trend by layering floral prints to acheive the mind melting trick. Preen layered their optic prints in completely modern silhouettes of a slim fit puffer jacket,over a bias cut lingerie dress, a refreshing option for a fancy soirée.