Prints Charming



By Michelle Crowe




Printfresh’s best selling Bagheeara motif. Printfresh photo.


There’s a theory that every season needs a little black dress and a fun dress. In this case, fun usually manifests as a lively print, one that steals a shopper’s heart, leading to an immediate “add to cart” situation.


Summer is a time to experiment, let loose, and even go a little wild with repeating patterns with charming cheetahs, birds, or another magnificent creature.  These vibrant prints, often lovingly block-printed by artisans, add a touch of exotic flair and playful energy to summer wardrobes. The use of bold, eye-catching patterns allows for a statement look that can be both chic and casual. Intricate prints bring a sense of adventure and personality to everyday attire.


Snap up all the Versace. Versace photo.


The repeating patterns of animals are easy to mix and match with other pieces in your wardrobe and are certainly a good excuse to pile on enameled animal-motif bangles. When picked up abroad, these treasures are wearable reminders of life-changing experiences. No need to pack a passport to find wonderful, worldly dresses, skirts, and kaftans, though.


Brands are doing great work with hand-drawn prints that offer unique blends of cultural and bohemian vibes. A new-ish favorite is Printfresh, a size inclusive brand founded in 2016 by textile designer and fashion entrepreneur Amy Voloshin and her husband Leo. The original hand-painted patterns are designed in Philadelphia and brought to life by ethically conscious makers in Jaipur, India.


Kenneth Jay Lane’s classic zebra bangle lives on.


These prints can evoke a sense of wanderlust and free-spiritedness and humble cotton provides an effortless way to embrace the summer heat. Traditional dyeing techniques create subtle tones that are easy to wear.


Giraffes at Palm Beach favorite CJ Laing.


For a little more drama, look to the glamorous designers who also take inspiration from nature’s beings, but dial up the drama. A perfect example is Versace’s new graphic print  Barocco Sea, which continues the house’s rich heritage of prints inspired by natural wonders of the sea. Reach for a little something from this special collection for boat days, strolling, and shopping.


Find a favorite motif and wear it with abandon to reflect individuality and embrace the energy of the season.