Fashion Forward – How to create Global Style

Bright patterns with an international flair were seen in abundance on the runways for Spring 2013 and Pre-Fall 2013. The mixing of patterns with bright hues is absolutely detectible and makes me yearn to be more adventurous in my style!

Many of these patterns we are seeing in all realms of design have been used for centuries around the globe. One of my personal favorites is the ikat pattern. The word ‘ikat’ (pronounced ‘ee-KAHT’) comes from the Malaysian word ‘mengikat,’ or ‘to tie.’  In creating this print loose threads are tied into bundles using grasses or wax-treated cotton. The placement of these will specify where the dye is able to sink in and color the thread. The weaver must decide where the dyed threads must be in order to create the desired pattern. All of this must happen before the fabric is woven! The process of weaving this pattern is very complicated and should be duly appreciated!

ikat by duralee

Ikat print by Duralee

For a fashionable and contemporary take on global prints, many designers are opting to mix prints and patterns.


Vera Wang Fall 2013 Runway


Marchesa and Vera Wang Spring 2013 Runway


Isabel Marant Spring 2013


Isabel Maurant

Pattern is an important aspect of interior design as well. It adds color, texture and diversity. It adds visual complexity to a room. Some of interior design’s most well-known designers have mixed prints and patterns with beautiful results. Here are a few tips on mixing pattern.

1. Start with one item that is multicolored and pair it with other pieces that pick up the colors of that scheme. Keep furniture pieces basic and solid to act as a canvas.


2. Use a good mix of small and large scale patterns and as a general rule, a pattern should be repeated at least once in the room.

interior-designers-alist-0610-05-lgn elle decor eric cohler

(Elle Decor. Designed by Eric Cohler)

3. There should always be a place for the eye to rest in a room full of pattern. Whether it’s a solid fabric on the sofa, a neutral paint color or tone on tone pattern.

western interiors mag kara mann

(Western Interior Magazine. Designed by Kara Mann)

4. Try to mix the type of patterns being used. For instance, it is aesthetically pleasing mix damask and stripes.


(House Beautiful. Designed by Markham Roberts)

5. If mixing of colors is too bold, try using monochromatic patterns. A monochromatic palette set against a neutral background is impossible to mess up!


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