How to wear: Matching the season's best prints with your timepiece
What makes you tick?
Sartorially speaking, it's a host of eye-catching prints that has us jumping out of bed to get dressed this season. From florals that bloom with wild and reckless abandon to perennial stripes given a fresh, new look, we've put together a shopping guide with the five prints you need to ace FW16.
Think of this as a shortlist of what to invest in, and a handy moodboard for matching them to your wardobe. Not forgetting, your watch — an underrated and overlooked accessory that by our books, is the missing piece of the puzzle that sets a great outfit apart from a completely unforgettable ensemble. Pairing five timepieces that look as good as they tick to the season's hottest prints, scroll down, get shopping, and pay heed what you put on your wrist.
1. WALLPAPER FLORALS
The trend: Bold blooms not unlike the sort you're used to seeing on grandma's living room wallpaper. Giving interior's best horticulture a fashion perspective this season are Balenciaga and Miu Miu, to name a few.
Style tip: The hot key to working a dramatic print is going for a cohesive colour palette. Echo the strongest hue with your host of accessories.
Picking out a timepiece: It's no time to go half and half on this one — a vibrant watch works best here. Don't skimp on the shine, and be rewarded with that extra luxe factor.
Clockwise: Gucci ruffle floral-print silk crepe de chine dress; Acne Studios Spitfire large sunglasses; Shourouk Cara ring; Lanvin silver-plated faux pearl and Swarovski crystal clip-on earrings; Stella McCartney Falabella snake effect faux leather wallet; Christian Louboutin Pigalle Follies suede pump; Franck Muller Vanguard Lady V32 SC D CD COL DRM
2. CLASSIC CHECKS
The trend: Prince of Wales, window pane, or gingham. You name it, the menswear runways have got it. Proving that it's never a bad idea to go back to the basics, take a leaf out of tailoring classicists Berluti and Brioni's book and give dapper a spin.
Style tip: A well-fitted tee and lace-less sneaks for that modern feel, but executed in a tried-and-tested colourway that's oh-so timeless.
Picking out a timepiece: A red gold bad boy will underscore the tones of rich toffee and burgundy perfectly.
Clockwise: Dunhill houndstooth checked silk, linen and wool blend blazer; Retrosuperfuture The Iconic found frame sunglasses; Acne Studios Max Satin slim-leg stretch-cotton trousers; Mulberry woven leather belt; Valentino two-tone low-top leather trainer; John Elliott Mercer slim-fit cotton and jersey T-shirt; Franck Muller Vanguard V45 T SQT 5N BR
3. METALLIC STRIPES
The trend: Shimmering stripes paraded on runways the likes of Balmain and Acne Studios. Less 'Ahoy, Mate', and more 'paint the town red'.
Style tip: What works on the runway does not necessarily mean it'll translate well in real life in its entirety. Instead of going full metallic with a thigh-skimming dress, opt for a trim blazer with nothing underneath — neutral hues will take the edge off the shine.
Picking out a timepiece: A classy white watch to pull the entire ensemble together.
Clockwise: Sonia Rykiel velvet lapel lamé striped cotton-blend jacket; Noor Fares Krystallos 18-karat gold multi-stone ring; Joseph cropped tailored trousers; Bottega Veneta knot satin-twill intrecciato clutch; Gianvito Rossi Portofino velvet sandal; Simone Rocha gold-plated crystal earrings; Franck Muller Vanguard Lady V 32 QZ D CD AC BC
4. MONOCHROME FLORALS
The trend: For gents looking to take baby steps and branch out of checks, let Dior Homme and Dolce & Gabbana take the lead — monochrome florals are a great starting point.
Style tip: Work with an overall greyscale palette to make sure the print remains the focal point, and finish off with a contrasting wine red blouson for that extra kick.
Picking out a timepiece: Likewise, your watch should stay within the same colour family, but don't shy away from a little print-on-print. A dose of inconspicuous camouflage will give the ensemble an unexpected twist.
Clockwise: Paul Smith leather bomber jacket; Garrett Leight Wilson M46 round-frame stainless steel optical glasses; Maison Margiela tonal checked trousers; Thom Browne pebble grain leather pouch; R.M. Williams Craftsman leather chelsea boot; Dolce & Gabbana slim-fit cotton-piqué polo shirt; Franck Muller Vanguard V45 SC DT CAMOUFLAGE TTMC TT
5. GOING GEOMETRIC
The trend: Proving that symmetry and shapes are double the fun outside of the classroom, Emporio Armani and Gucci have gone down the maximalist route. The keywords here? Bold, bright and unapologetic.
Style tip: Unless you're intending to go full on '70s, separates are best for the geometric trend. Pick a textural fabric — like velvet, also a key material for FW16 — to match up to the printed piece.
Picking out a timepiece: To avoid serving up an overwhelming visual feast, pare-back and opt for the basics. Black is indeed the new black here.
Clockwise: Emilio Pucci printed silk-blend georgette blouse; Bottega Veneta Anello oxidised silver ring; Jupe by Jackie Almonaster velvet A-line skirt; Olympia Le-Tan Botticelli clutch; Tabitha Simmons Ginger suede pump; Oscar de la Renta Impatiens gold-plated resin clip-on earrings; Franck Muller Vanguard Lady V 32 SC WG BC
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