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The spring/ summer 2018 print trends are both inspiring and interesting with patterns that really flatter the figure and control the flow of the eye. Wearing prints and patterns is supposed to be a fun part of getting dressed, and so we took a look at the best print trends for the upcoming spring and summer 2018 collections to inspire you. Finding the perfect print is like finding the perfect accessory and we have a lot to choose from thanks to the ingenuity of the designers.
Some of the summer 2018 print trends feature designer prints so complex and creative that they will likely be on trend for a very long time to come. We fondly welcome the return of classic favorites and gaze in awe while planning to purchase for our wardrobes the new prints for the upcoming seasons of renewal and warmth.
The spring 2018 colors reflected in the prints range from the most extant shades and beautiful created hues that wash the prints and fabrics from rich shades to pastels. The spring/ summer 2018 fashion trends have been shown, and now it is time for the spring/ summer 2018 print trends to be noted.
The trends are already making their rounds on social media, filling up Pinterest with new wardrobe inspirations, parts of shows featuring favorite looks coming and going down the runway on Instagram, Facebook and more. We’ve put together a list of the best spring 2018 print trends to put them all at your fingertips.
Spring/ Summer 2018 Runway Print Trends: Contents
1. Stripes All Over
2. Vertical Candy Stripes
4. Checks and Tartan Mixes
5. Soft Floral Prints
6. ‘60s Florals
7. Micro Florals
8. Slogan Prints
9. Black and White Polka Dots
10. Rainbow Patterns
11. Animal Patterns
12. Cartoon Prints
13. Mixed Bouquet
14. Tropical Prints
15. Art Inspired Prints
16. Bold Abstract Prints
17. Pop Culture Prints
Stripes had a very big presence on the runways of every Fashion Week. Vertical, horizontal, diagonal, pinstripe, dashed; all different versions of stripes showed up on the runways, crossing trends and establishing stripes as a major spring/ summer 2018 print trend alone.
As a crossing trend there were quite a few striped sheer options that were next level amazing. One look in particular was on the Fendi runway, colored in a neutral palette for an incredible look.
Phillip Lim, Sies Marjan, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Self Portrait, Adam Selman, and Derek Lam featured lots of striped looks, mostly in separates. They were also seen, as expected, on a lot of another trend, a very comfortable one: track pants.
Candy stripes made a strong appearance in a trendsetting manner that was completely unexpected. They were so distinctive that they were separated from all other stripes thanks to the signature pink color that was changed around and edited for different looks on different runways, without deviating too much from the distinctive appearance. This is one of the surprising spring/ summer 2018 print trends that made a big statement.
On the runways for the upcoming seasons, Son Jung Won, Monse, and Jason Wu provided new uses and iterations of the candy-striped designs. The print has been oversized, used on shirts, dresses and jackets.
Logos are making impressions all over the place. They highlight or accentuate the outfits perfectly. Fendi is well known for creating prints and patterns with their logo, and the upcoming spring 2018 print trend will feature them as well. Besides Fendi, Loewe brought logo print to the runway as well, combining it with fringe and other aspects.
Baleciaga, Versace, and Gucci have all used their logos as well, and continue to provide them in the new collections. The company’s standing behind their logos, emblazoned on separates, dresses and accessories, are accentuating their brand recognition as well.
Carried over from the cooler months, checks, tartans, and plaids were the top print trend from last fall, re-emerged in amazing fashions for the spring/ summer 2018 print trends. Plaids can be worn and incorporated into nearly any preferred style as the main eye-catching feature or supporting interest piece.
On the Marni runway, the checks are mixed for an entirely new pattern. The Dries Van Noten spring 2018 collection produced embellished suits as well. Balmain, Chanel, Calvin Klein, and Carven all showed amazing variations of tartan options offered with variations in size and color.
Balenciaga put incredible checked options on the runway in the manner of prolific coats and stunning separates. Sonia Rykiel showed vivaciously summer apropos apparel that featured a floating and feminine allure.
Even Victoria Beckham produced multi-piece sets in detailed nude and tan check. Fendi kept its position for beautifully utilizing the print as always. Miu Miu came out the gate with the printed check patters as well.
Soft florals are very different from the spring/ summer 2018 print trends on this list. They are romantic, floating and printed on floaty materials to emphasize the romantic and airy appeal of their softness.
These soft floral prints in bright and soft summer and spring shades were seen on airy chiffon through several different runways shows. Most notably, this style of print was seen on the Self Portrait, Tadashi Shoji, and Prabal Gurung runways on floating silk and soft chiffon with sexy splits, cutouts and deep necklines.
The difference with ‘60s florals over other floral prints for spring 2018 is the shape, size and colors used for the florals. The ‘60s had very distinct fashion notes that do not always carry through to other genres without losing their ‘60s signature. Certain flower shapes, hues of orange and more make the difference between those other floral prints, and ‘60s floral prints.
Marc Jacobs, Marni, Miu Miu, and Thom Browne are some of the houses that embraced the ‘60s floral trend for spring.
Micro florals are the petit and sweet spring 2018 prints designed for more feminine and fresh springtime wear. The micro floral print has been shown on sheer and semi sheer clothing.
Ulla Johnson, Hellessy, and Brock Collection runway shows really made a difference in the use of the micro florals. The pieces are already catching eyes everywhere.
For the last few years the statement tops have been becoming more popular worldwide and have officially hit trend status, showing up not just on T-shirts, but also sweaters and accessories. Alberta Ferretti, Moschino, Rossella Jardini, Gucci, and Au Jour Le Jour have each put out options that are quickly going viral as handpicked favorites, particularly Au Jour Le Jour’s ‘Irreversible’ T-shirt, which was fun and interesting to look at.
Moschino has done this for a while, definitely contributing to building in status of this trend, and their T-shirt, emblazoned with “Shirt Happens” was one of the most fun pieces.
Polka dots have a long and noted history in fashion, and here we have them making resurgence in soft pastels, yes, but strikingly in bold black and white monochrome. Polka dots were on multiple runways, big and bold on the Junya Watanabe runway, and mixed between micro-polka dots and medium ones on Jason Wu’s.
In separates and dresses, polka dots showed up on the Alexandre Vauthier, Carolina Herrera, Blumarine, Rodarte, and Jacquemus spring and summer 2018 runways. If you are a fan of polka dots, this is the spring 2018 print trend that you can wear and carry tastefully through the summer.
The multicolored rainbow print trend actually dabbles in other spring 2018 print trends, like stripes, slogans, and polka dots, but the prevalence of at least 5 colors is the look that automatically qualifies it. Collections like Dolce & Gabbana, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, House of Holland, and Libertine each showed options that expertly displayed these colors without being unbearably bright or garish.
Peter Pilotto, for example, used the low-fi spectrum and created a chic and approachable set of options that would never come off as ‘doing too much’. This upcoming spring will certainly be more of the fun color range than the precious year that was focused on a particular shade of pink.
Animal prints are never completely out of fashion, but the updated prints coming down the runway of many of the shows were cleverly spaced to create and enforce a flattering figure. There was everything from cow patters to snakeskin prints that ranged from casual to opulent easily and stunningly. No. 21 showed off a stunning animal print against sheer for a great look.
Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s, Versace, Gucci, and Bottega Veneta are just a few that worked out animal prints from multiple angles. Marni even featured a printed coat that could either be a cow print or an interesting version of Cruella De Vil’s dream Dalmatian coat. Roberto Cavalli put together separates that showcase stripes in different shades to create a cool matching look that did just enough.
Cartoon prints are not a new concept in any way, but their return definitely came as a new interpretation of the classic. A highlight of Milan Fashion Week was the Prada spring 2018 collection, which featured cartoons of the ‘30s and ‘60s female mega stars. That is a bit of an understatement, to put it more accurately – Prada elevated comic pages into the style for the chicest version of geek chic yet.
Versace also showed a cool utilization of cartoon prints for the spring/ summer 2018 print trend addition. The brightly colored vintage cartoon prints were the reimagined prints created by Gianni Versace from 91-95. Moschino, Gucci, and Annakiki really got into the cartoon prints for spring 2018 as well.
Mixed bouquet may sound a bit like a cop out, but honestly, this spring 2018 print trend showed up as a combination and makeover of springtime typical prints (mostly florals), and made appearance in Luis Vuitton, and Valentino collections. These pieces feel like they are not for people with limited imaginations at all.
The mash up of the different patterns is an acquired taste, but definitely on the tip of the tongue for the spring 2018 print trends for originality and beautiful composition and coordination.
For everyone who is looking to step up their floral fashion game, tropical prints are very big this year. They hit the NYFW runways as a fresh take on the ‘growth and freshness’ of spring and summer.
The expected hibiscus flowers and palm leaves have really taken over much more than anyone anticipated. If florals, and pastels are not your take on the newness of spring, you can be bold in your wardrobe full of tropical prints.
Tropical prints were also on the Milan runways. We are not talking about any Tommy Bahama options – these spring 2018 prints have been blazing down the Fenty Puma, Coach, Gucci, No. 21, and Michael Kors runways to become one of the hottest spring/ summer 2018 print trends.
Art inspired prints were seen for the spring 2018 shows by Raf Simons, who commissioned Sterling Ruby. There were plastic panels on the Calvin Klein dresses that featured Andy Warhol prints for a pop art enhanced aesthetic.
Rei Kawakubo’s runway show in Paris showed off the surreal prints of Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The fruits and veggies featured in the prints brought a new dimension to the clothes, and will inspire a whole new facet of artistic expression in the wardrobes of fashion lovers for spring and summer 2018.
Art and abstract motifs almost always go hand in hand, and so do they when it comes to the spring/ summer 2018 print trends. While we see lots of art-infused options for spring, creative abstract patterned designs don’t lag behind, and we get some mesmerizing, bold options for the upcoming warmer months.
Abstract was the theme utilized a lot at Marc Jacobs, where we saw colorful swirls combined with some floral accents. Marco de Vincenzo made us scratch our heads as we were trying to figure out the essence of the abstract patterns used, and we absolutely loved the abstract meets art prints à la Akris.
It’s interesting how much pop culture prints and patterns can change a simple piece of clothing, making it look cooler and more covetable especially among the current millennial generation. As such, pop culture prints for spring 2018 come to make us feel richer thanks to Balenciaga’s Dollar and Euro patterned total looks, including some statement-making accessories.
Dolce & Gabbana used pop culture accents in a myriad of ways, giving us vegetable, fruit and food inspired fun options we are ready to slip into. Christian Dior’s usage of pop culture prints is the subtlest of all, where we get some heart patterns and cartoonish characters encouraging us to stay “positive”!
Photos via Vogue