Print & Pattern Highlights – New York S/S 12

With the runway season in full swing, the Stylesight Graphics team have put together quick highlights of the strongest S/S 12 print and graphic trends emerging from last week’s New York runway shows. 

Diane von Furstenberg

Clean and bold bloom prints were a key feature in Diane von Furstenberg’s show. Large abstract florals colored in a strong palette of purple, orange, mint and navy gave dramatic print impact.

Julian Louie

Another key print highlight from the New york shows was Julian Louie’s intense and exotic botanical photorealistic prints.

Tracy Reese / Richard Chai / Tracy Reese

As always, florals were a common theme among many of the most directional collections. Large-scale blooms were a key focus, displayed using various print techniques ranging from watercolor looks to heavy contrast effects.

Thakoon Panichgul

Sticking with the floral flavor, Thakoon Panichgul’s collection had an inspiring mix of floral elements mixed with an ethnic edge. Elaborate bandana prints and swirling floral and paisley designs were, for us, one of the key highlights from the New York shows.

Mara Hoffman

Tribal with a hint of pop energy was another print highlight from the New York collections. Mara Hoffman’s hyper colored tribal prints were a new update to the continuing tribal print trend.

Derek Lam / Custo Barcelona / Preen

Many designers used mirror effects within prints. Geometric motifs, ethnic themes and photographic techniques all featured in this experimentally print trend.

Lela Rose / 3.1 Phillip Lim / United Bamboo

Abstract paint marks and blurred out photographic floral prints were another strong highlight.

Diane von Furstenberg / Preen / Costello Tagliapietra

Mixed and clashing prints made strong statements on the catwalk this season. Mixing scale and assorted print themes gave real impact.

Reed Krakoff / Altuzarra / Suno

Illustrated birds and exotic feathered themes were another key print theme fresh from New York.

Y3 by Yamamoto / Abbey Dawn / Y3 by Yamamoto

Last but certainly not least, scrawled text and anarchist pop visuals were two of the strongest graphic trends seen at the New York shows.

We’ll continue to call out key print and graphic trends as the collections continue in London, and will wrap up all the major themes with our Runway Wrap report at the end of the season.


Know what’s next. Become a WGSN member today to benefit from our daily trend intelligence, retail analytics, consumer insights and bespoke consultancy services.