January 21, 2012

Picture perfect

Designers embraced technology in a nod to digital and photographic prints this spring summer 2012 season seen in all forms from bathing suits to bags.

Peter Pilotto (1 & 2) was inspired from a recent trip that saw him experience the flora and fauna of islands in Indonesia. An exotic array of vibrant colours were the result of digitally manipulated images of waves and nature from the jungle.

One designer renowned for her use of realistic prints is Mary Katrantzou and she didn't fail to deliver once again with a collection swimming in aquatic images in her take on nature vs. nurture. There were tropical fish, tin cans and an abundance of flowers which also blanketed the runway with a rainbow of vibrant carnations. 

Photographer James Reeve's inspired Dries Van Noten this season with his nighttime city lightscape images that were featured on everything from clutches to t shirts. The photos, now on exhibition, leave the physical forms of landscapes in the darkness while the man made lighting shines through. 

Emanuel Ungaro took aerial images taken by NASA as their inspiration for abstract and vivid prints. An example of yet another designer influenced by the natural world and graphics to create a line of clean shapes and tailored cuts that give room for the prints to dominate. When you forget the troubles this brand has and is facing and focus on the NASA's incredible imagery there's a nice aesthetic and skillful technique to be seen.

Dries Van Noten's invitation for their Summer 2012 collection cleverly resembled a photographic slide featuring one of Reeve's images when held to the light.

More on James Reeve's exhibition with Dries Van Noten can be found here.

And that's Spring Summer 2012's photo prints Decoded: By Kate.

Photo credits: Style.it, Wallpaper*, first collage created by me

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