FW13 Trend Report: Textured Graphics

April 18, 2013 BY CAPSULESNEWS

Sibling & James Long

Is there an end in sight for graphic prints? What began with Givenchy's Rottweiler design has led to prominent designers searching for graphic gold and don't forget about the hustlers looking to grab a quick buck with similar exploded graphics. Graphic tees and sweaters will always have a place in the fashion world so it will never truly depart, but we must ask when will the exploded graphics subside? Designers are not straying far from what the people want next season. If graphics prints are what the shoppers want then that's exactly what they're gonna get, but next season will have a different spin.

This Autumn, aside from the usual fair isle and jacquard patterns, we will see knitted and textured graphic prints. Industry trend setters like Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana are trying their hand at textured patterns and embellishments, respectively. Some graphics are simple with a focus on texture overlay and color palettes like what was seen at Phillip Lim, while others recreate exploded graphics through knitting like at James Long. The usual graphic prints are still prevalent though. Jeremy Scott's designs resembled cartoon characters while Alexis Mabille had a recurring "I love bows" print that was sprinkled throughout the entire collection. So to answer our question earlier, no there isn't an end in sight for graphic prints, but designers are accommodating for the abundance of graphic tees and sweatshirts by not sacrificing quality.

Jeremy Scott & Dolce & Gabbana

Louis Vuitton & Walter Van Beirendonck

3.1 Phillip Lim & Alexis Mabille