Prints That Pop
By Jessica Mehalic Lucas
Guys, spring is not the time to be shy with your style choices. The runways were alive with cutting-edge camo, fierce leopard print and other powerful patterns. Prefer a more low-key look? We get it; a floral blazer’s not for everyone, so freshen up your wardrobe with a dynamic accessory that taps into the season’s print trend.
Leading the army strong fashion brigade, Valentino marched out a series of smart field jackets in designer-cool camouflage. Adding extra interest: stripe detail, a Mariposa butterfly print and a snarling panther design plucked from a 1967 couture evening dress. Lift the runway look with one of those jackets or slip into a pair of camo chinos or Bermuda shorts. The brand’s Camupanther backpack or clutch is another way to command sartorial respect.
Bottega Veneta also served up its own luxe version of camo. An abstract design appeared on poplin shirts, cotton pants and biker jackets in the house’s 50th anniversary collection, which fused shapes from the ’30s and ’40s with signature intrecciato details. Upgrade your everyday carryall with this multicolor tote in a patchwork of smooth, printed and textured calfskin. Use the snap buttons to make it more compact; keep it roomy for weekend travels.
DSquared2 channeled their outdoorsy meets glam rock aesthetic into camo cargo vests and pants, as well as backpacks, flip flops and baseball hats. The 551 sneakers in an innovative blue camo are a front runner for coolest kicks of the season. Just add distressed denim and a minimalist button-down or tee.
Leopard print prowled the men’s runways and Dolce & Gabbana put their distinct Italian spin on the trend with immaculately tailored tuxedo jackets and pants. Pieces were worn separately of course, paired with basic black or a contrasting musical motif print for a real statement. You’ll also find sneakers, lace-ups and tops with a mixed leopard/pineapple print in the house’s latest lineup, which pays tribute to jazz club musicians.
Pops of leopard print appear throughout 3.1 Phillip Lim’s urban-chic Spring collection. Most notably, a reversible cropped pajama pant and bomber jacket switch from spotted to navy. Incite bag envy with the classic 31 Hour backpack in leopard-print nylon. A padded back keeps you comfortable; thoughtful pockets keep you organized.
Florals and other abstract prints made their way into collections from Ermanno Scervino, Versace and Prada. At Etro, breezy pants get a lift with vibrant ikat prints. A simple tee and sandals complete the summer-perfect look.
Channel the ’70s rocker vibe at Roberto Cavalli with a floral skinny scarf tied nonchalantly around the neck. Adventurous types will rock it with a slim-fitting shirt in a contrasting floral or tiger print.