ELABORATE swirls, motifs, polka dots and opulent winter florals - autumn/winter 2011-12's catwalks were a rich collage of print and pattern.
“Grown-up and elegantly realised, spots are the key decoration to play with now,” says Vogue’s Emma Elwick-Bates. “Sheer circles, sophisticated paillettes and racy cut-outs provide evening magic.” They are also the best place for print novices to begin experimenting; get yours at Stella McCartney, DVF and Marc Jacobs.
For braver dressers, this season is a master class in pattern. Mary Katrantzou, whose intricate prints were inspired by Fabergé eggs and Qing Dynasty, showed bell shapes worn over printed, clashing tights. Giles, Etro and Cacharel also showed arresting decorative prints.
At Paul Smith, Erdem and Jil Sander, richly-coloured blooms flowered on dresses and coats, while motifs made an impact when mixed with a monochrome palette at Givenchy and Topshop Unique.