Trend Edit | Prints Please

Channel The Hot FW Trend Like a Celebrity

Prints on prints first emerged as a hot trend at SS15 international runways last year and went on to become a major style, continuing its journey to the recent SS16 runways at New York, London and Milan. We saw the likes Alessandro Michele and Ricardo Tisci returning to the combination for Gucci and Givenchy SS16 Previews, with the former presenting aromantic version and the latter offering an avant garde take on the trend. But while one would expect the trend to be essentially for summer, what has been interesting to note is it’s adaptation for fall wardrobes from Christopher Bailey’s and Miuccia Prada’s fall Burberry and Prada collections to Kavita Bhartia and Sabyasachi’s AW collections closer home. The trend has been a hot favorite with high street labels as well, with brands like TopShop, H&M and Zara presenting prints on prints inspired separates for their recent collections.

And like with everything fashion forward, the prints on prints look has become a major hit with our own Indian style icons, making repeated appearances by the way off duty airport style to dramatic red carpet looks. Here we take a look at some of our favorite prints on prints looks from three of our favorite Bollywood style icons – Kangana Ranaut, Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor. From pretty colour blot prints and romantic chintzes to dramatic florals and quirky pixels, our favorite sartorialists show us how to style this hot fall trend for versatile looks for the season. Keep scrolling as we decode six prints on prints looks for you with links to shop the looks right away:

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1.  Pretty Prints Explosion

There is not a lot, sartorially speaking, that Kangana Ranaut can do wrong, point in case being this busy prints on prints combination. On almost anyone else it might have been too much going on but she pulls off the look quite effortlessly, all because of carefully considered prints to match and carrying it off with a confidence that wins her all the brownie points from us.

Style Tip: When pairing busy prints, opt for separates with similar colour palettes for a touch of coherence to what might otherwise become a disjointed combination. And of course don’t let the prints overwhelm you, own them like Ms. Ranaut does!

Kangana Western

Zadig Et Voltaire Multi Colored Leaf Print Top (Shop Here), Gentle Mosnter Joli Lady Printed Sunglasses (Shop Here), Peter Pilotto Multi Colored Printed Skirt (Shop Here) & Dyuti Bansal Water Color Print Clutch (Shop Here)

2. Dramatic Floral Statement

From the pretty to the dramatic, Ms. Ranaut shows us how to style the basic idea completely differently in this Sabyasachi combination. While these Sabyasachi floral separates have made repeated appearances off late, we have to admit our favorite has to be this look given how she manages to look all that more dramatic by keeping the ornamentation to a minimal – letting the outfit itself be the highlight.

Style Tip: When going for the dramatic prints on prints look, it is a good idea opting for solid colours to make the prints pop out all that much more. Also keep the accessories understated to let the outfit shine.

Kangana Indian

Falguni & Shane Peacock Embroidered Vermilion Crop Top & Digital Print Skirt (Shop Here),  Nazranay Tristone Ear Studs (Shop Here), Ru Saru Gardenia Clutch (Shop Here) & Needledust Embroidered Jutties (Shop Here)

3. Sharp Graphic Minimalism 

We have to give it to Deepika Padukone for keeping it classic at all times, the way this leggy actress can bring a sense of sophistication to everything she wears has us turning quite green with envy. Take for example this monochromatic pairing of graphic prints that could have ended up looking like a jailbird’s outfit. What Ms. Padukone did right was choosing silhouettes that would lend a feminine touch to the ensemble and going fresh faced for that elegant day look.

Style Tip: When pairing graphics, avoid going overboard with the colours, rather make it a tone on tone pairing in addition to the prints combination. Also classic silhouettes will add all that more elegance to the look so save the boxy experimentation for a different time!

Deepika Western

Seventeen 05 Ikat Top (Shop Here), Urvashi Kaur Ivory & Blue Pencil Skirt (Shop Here), Rossoyuki Beaded Round Clutch (Shop Here) & Amethyst By Rahul Popli Four Fingers Fern Ring (Shop Here)

4. Romantic Chintz Elegance

Speaking of classic, Ms. Padukone’s take on old world fashion too remains unparalleled and Deepika Padukone in Sabyasachi is a match made in vintage heaven. The beguiling charm she brings to this chintz and geometric pairing has us wishing that we could pull off a similar magic with our saris. Her choice of this particular Sabyasachi sheer sari with delicate floral details offset by a printed blouse sets her apart from the busier, discordant versions of this look we have seen on the others.

Style Tip: Opt for a prints heavy blouse as Ms. Padukone has done with a toned down version of the print on the sari for that understated style statement. Also avoid clash of colors by the way of accessories, rather mixing it up in terms of textures and patterns.

Deepika Indian

Varun Bahl Vermilion Floral Applique Ivory Sari (Shop Here), Deepa & Rohita Parrot Earrings (Shop Here) & Aharin Floral Embroidered Clutch (Shop Here)

5. Normcore Pixel Androgyny

We love Sonam Kapoor’s experimental take on fashion and her risk taking attitude to dressing that no one else can quite match up to. So when it came to prints on prints it was a given that the most quirky, eclectic and fashion forward looks would be from Ms. Kapoor. Her androgynous take here in pixel prints Jodi separates just goes to illustrate our point. By themselves, the crop top and maxi skirt screams flirty but by pairing it with a boyfriend blazer, oversized glasses and men’s brogues transformed the whole look. A style lesson for those of us looking for ways to be creatively versatile with limited options.

Style Tip: Avoid floral prints for this look to work and add a bit of extra prints punch by the way of a subtly printed jacket. Also give the heavy handed makeup a miss and add edgy accessories for the look to pop out all that more.

Sonam Western

Quirk Box Pixel Print Long Jacket (Shop Here), Jodi Monarch Orange Print Dress (Shop Here) & Marni Leaf Print Tote (Shop Here)

6. Ethnic Digital Kitsch 

Bohemian, kitsch, ethnic and flirty? Trust Ms. Kapoor to combine all these elements in one look! The Surendri by Yogesh Choudhary pacman sari has been a celebrity favorite but we have seen few off the runway versions of it that has been as sartorially successful is this one. The key again being the effortlessness with which Sonam Kapoor wears its, skipping on loud accessories and a severe hairdo to bring all the focus on the outfit itself.

Style Tip: When going digital, try colour blocking for that added quirk factor but remember to give heavy embellishments a miss. The idea is to make a statement through prints and pretty much nothing else.

Sonam Indian

Nida Mahmood Bollywood Prints Sari (Shop Here), Maatikaar Terracotta Bird Earrings (Shop Here), Karieshma Sarnaa Neon Floral Clutch (Shop Here) & Needledust Royal Revelry Jutties (Shop Here)

Want more prints on prints outfit inspirations? Have a look at our extensive curation of the trend here for all possible prints combinations for day to night and ethnic to western wardrobe options.


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