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Ready Pattern Design & Trends Blog

Print 101: The Return of Abstract Design | Yes, Its Trending!

by Astrid Kingerly

March 7, 2020 11:05 label 11 minutes read label Leave a comment

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It is common knowledge, that the design industry is always looking to evolve and move towards a new trend that is completely different from the ordinary and quite unique. When I say different from the ordinary, I mean exquisite designs and variations in style. There are so many trends that can truly revolutionize the design industry and the use of prints is one such trend. It is easy to correlate the design industry to fashion, but they are also comprised of various elements such as textile designs, textile prints, art designs, automobile designs, etc. The current trend that is hip (I'm not a millennial kid) is the use of abstract print in designs. Abstract designs use shape, colour, line or form to create a very unique composition and have unrecognizable forms and layouts. Abstract concepts are defined as ideas that don't have concrete form and cannot be explained in scientific terms.

Many people believe that abstract textile design is trendy because it is fresh and new, but on the contrary it's not. Weaving, as an art, has been around for 40,000 years and every culture has a history of textile. These cultures have somehow arrived at some kind of textile design tradition. Take the contemporary abstract textile industry for example. They can easily be traced back to the earliest days of Modernism during the 20th Century, where female artists were tasked with focusing on textile rather than any other form of art medium. Today, we have a new breed of younger artists from around the world who are trying to create a visual language by using abstract symbols and narratives.

With abstract prints becoming the toast of the season, many big-name designers such as Jason Wu, Chanel, Christopher Kane, etc. have introduced wild, abstract prints to their runway collection. The use of abstract prints to let your imagination run wild has been described as exemplary. There are many designers who love experimenting with abstract geometric elements, keeping their complete focus on the look and feel. These abstract shapes are created for no particular reason and are usually random and can take any form they like.

With that in mind, let's check out some abstract design prints that have been trending. A lot of people have a high preference for wearing small floral prints during the spring and summer season. They were pretty big in the 70s and have been revived once again. They are so trendy at the moment, that you might want to dig through your grandmother's wardrobe to check out some vintage apparel. While it is true that prints can bring your garments to life, it is also important to remember that they can help enhance your features and personality. Floral prints can be used on skirts, dresses, bikinis, casual tops and even office wear. Florals were not just hip (again, not a millennial) in the 50s or 60s, they were used as far back as the 12th century. Imagine, a print pattern so old, yet so modern.

Another design print that has made a significant comeback in the 21st century is the abstract camouflage print. In popular terms, camouflage is used for hiding and blending within the surroundings; in the fashion world this design print can help you stand out. Wearing apparel with camouflage print represents a youthful and rebellious spirit. While, many believe camouflage prints are best worn during the fall and winter seasons, it can also be used during the spring and summer season. There are camouflage printed joggers, which are quite popular during the summer. They are great for outdoor activities or any adventurous trips and are extremely stylish. They can bring out the sporty personality in you. Many women prefer wearing prints than monochromes. During the summer, plaids and checks are quite popular for office goers. These prints can be used on sarees as well as ethnic kurtas. They can easily blend casual and sophistication at the same time. Similarly, geometric prints have also been in the limelight of late.

With so many designs this summer, it is safe to say that print designs are here to stay. Having a wardrobe without prints is quite difficult to imagine, as abstract prints have definitely taken the design industry to a new level.

About the author

Astrid Kingerly

Astrid Kingerly is a fashion designer at Ready Pattern. She curates surface design moodboards for upcoming seasons after researching on trends and forecasts. Do you have any design stories which you would like to showcase? Write to us.

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