On Trend with Molly Watanabe

When we think of prints, we’re likely to think of the usual suspects-florals, animal, maybe polka dots and defi nitely stripes. In recent seasons, however, designers have given us excellent reasons to rethink the print, showing bold, graphic motifs that often pop with color and statement-making patterns. Some even depict actual scenes that are reminiscent of a painting or specifi c design, adding even more dimension to a look.

One designer pioneering the bold print is Mary Katranzou, a Greek-born designer living in England who shows in London

Fashion Week. Known for her trompe l’oeil prints that are frequently found in bold colors, often intentionally mismatched for maximum impact, Katranzou’s designs combine eye-catching prints with basic, universally flattering styles that typically feature a modern twist-like a bold shoulder, a halter neckline or an architectural skirt.

The great thing about a bold, graphic piece-especially if it’s a dress-is that it truly speaks for itself. Your hair and makeup can be simple, your shoes neutral. You can go without jewelry if you’re so inclined. You can dress it up or dress it down, depending on the occasion or the look you’re going for.

The bold print trend is yet another instant classic, one that will likely become a permanent part of our fashion repertoire as designers continue to work with it, improving on the original. You won’t regret adding one to your fashion arsenal.

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