This season and even more so fall; a perennial favorite has re-emerged with an even more aggressive approach . I am referring to pattern on pattern .Which when applied , is used to safely reside deep in the cut of menswear. Think pin- dot sized polka dot Charvet tie paired with pinstriped Turnbull and Asser shirt and perhaps a bit amped-up due to a contrast collar amd cuff.
Hike the voltage up a tad in women’s- wear with sun- washed florals and geometric seen playfully paired in any of Lilly Pulitzer’ s palm beach destined confections.
Emilio Pucci must be credited as well . Courreges as well since color blocking is a form of pattern on pattern albeit its minimalistic most iteration and certainly the master of it as is true with most all things fashion Yves Saint Laurent.
Arcane references perhaps yes; I hope not, in any event know this, that’s what google is for. History is context anyway onward.
Full wattage was a favorite of The house of Jean-Charles de Castelbajac or Marimekko of the 1970’s.
It has been a go to in interior design from Sister Parrish and paisley conflamas going back even further to antiquity from Middle Eastern and Moroccan daring combinations of geometric primary colored tile pairings with jewel -toned images rendered in magnificent tableaux centuries old persian carpets and all this framed with intricate ornate and embellished tapestries , cushions and wall treatments .
My point though long coming is references abound and I point them out to you so you will have ready lodestars to look to for your inspiration when you step into the world of pattern on pattern. Yes we are starting THERE. This is not for the faint of heart!
The “I will be over …there, in the back ,in the corner kinda girl” this is probably not going to be your jumping off point . But for that girl ….by all means pay attention because with but a little confidence , solid advice and a sense of humor you can be the one in the middle of the room catching the looks ,the knowing winks. The “Damn! Look at her!” looks.
Here are some offerings from next season ,this season, last year and coming seasons as well .
Some from the runway ,some from the street ,all of them a major situation. If your desire is to stand apart from the crowd; Darling, pattern on pattern is the way go.
Above you will see the hands and eyes and imagination of masters of the form demonstrating their deft touch; Dries Van Noten ,
Vivienne Westwood and Thom Browne’s offerings for fall 2014 .
These by no means are all ,just some of the best. Admittedly a most cursory survey yielded .
I do hope you like it and don’t hesitate to send me your questions comments and pictures . I will select and answer and post those as well
Gary The Editor