There were just too many prints we had our eye on throughout Paris Fashion week so we thought we’d post our best of the rest list. Again, we focused on prints we think could translate well to interior spaces so look out for our ‘interior visions’ for our suggested uses for each print.
In no particular order, let’s start the list!
Alexander McQueen SS15
Silhouetted leaves were a theme of the season in Paris but we love the size of these fanned leaves and their graphic look against the contrasting fabrics. Simple yet elegant.
Interior vision: Scale down the print slightly to upholster a contemporary occasional chair in the corner of a dressing room. Perfect for sitting on as you put on your shoes.
See the Alexander McQueen SS15 show here.
Bouchra Jarrar SS15
Recently shed snake skin blowing across the sand dunes by a summer breeze. We love the textural details of this print which lend themselves particularly well to movement. Contours and varying sizes of the scales make for an organic print that flows beautifully.
Interior vision: A cold blooded contemporary canopy over a bed. Just a single chiffon sheet of fabric, delicately draped above the bed so it can dance in the wind.
See the Bouchra Jarrar SS15 show here.
Graphic tribalism in a subdued and beautifully restrained colour palette reminiscent of deserts and oases. We were transported to a luxurious caravan in the middle of the sahara by these prints and we love the way these two examples play against one another as interior and exterior spaces.
It was unfortunate to see Christophe Lemaire leave Hermès but we’re excited to see his upcoming collections now that he will be dedicating his time to his solo line. Good luck!
Interior vision: Outdoor tents and shades, layered with contrasting fabrics to create a sumptuous space to drink tea in the afternoon.
See the Hermès SS15 show here.
Fantasy was on show at Undercover this season with this crazy prints taken from Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights. Equal parts bizarre and beautiful, and why not? We couldn’t help but be charmed by this unusual print. There’s always room for fantasy, isn’t there?
Interior vision: A children’s room would be the obvious choice but we think the print would be better served in an old library, perhaps as wallpaper, so the antique leather bound books could give a subdued contrast to the lively scenes.
See the Undercover SS15 show here.
Mosaics and north-African geometric prints mimicked the exterior facades of traditional buildings at Chalayan this season. We loved the green and peach peeking through the geometry while the white splodges looked like parts of the buildings upon which the prints were based were crumbling. Gorgeous.
Interior vision: Upholstered banquette seating around a light-filled observatory overlooking a spring garden.
See the Chalayan SS15 show here.
Olympia Le-Tan SS15
Back to school! OK, these may not be the best prints in the world but we have a real soft spot for Olympia’s father, the illustrator Pierre Le-Tan. You might recognise his cover art for the cult film Metropolitans, the director of which has filmed a pilot for a series about expats living in Paris called The Cosmopolitans. You can see some of Le-Tan’s work here. Although I don’t think he drew these prints, they do remind us of his wonderful style and so we had to include them in our list.
Interior vision: Meta adhesive covers for exercise books to be displayed in a child’s study. I know it’s a stretch..
See the Olympia Le-Tan SS15 show here.
Sumptuously textured reds and greys give a luxurious edge to this gorgeous print. We love the almost pallet knife textures throughout the print and can see it being a contemporary adaptation of a more classic style of print.
Interior vision: Heavy curtains in a traditional home to add a splash of colour and texture to an already well appointed room filled with inherited antique pieces.
See the Aganovich SS15 show here.
Maxime Simoëns SS15
Bold and bright with hints of the seaside. This is the spirit of summer in a print, we love the textural stripes which remind us of the sea lapping against the shore with colourful towels spread across the sand. Fresh and fun without being kitsch.
Interior vision: Throw cushions against a light cane or beech sofa upholstered in a fresh, clean fabric.
See the Maxime Simoëns SS15 show here.
Miu Miu SS15
Not quite animal print, not quite floral, not quite camouflage. and the little black shapes almost look like lips. It’s a strange mix of forms throughout this print but we love the overall textural effect, especially with such vibrant colours.
Interior vision: This print needs to be contained, so we think it should be used on little vintage teacups and saucers. It’s always nice to see something unexpected on a traditional form.
See the Miu Miu SS15 show here.
Someone’s been crafty and made a print out of the paint spattered drop-sheet they found after painting protest placards. And it’s wonderful! We love this print and although the whole paint splatter thing has had it’s day, we can’t resist the bright colours against the monochrome black and white. Gorgeous.
Interior vision: We want to see this a sofa upholstered in this print, not only would it be beautiful but imagine the longevity! You’d never notice little spills. Beautiful and practical.
See the Chanel SS15 show here.