Spring/summer 2012: The hottest prints for spring
You can't move this season without encountering big exotic prints. Last season, Dolce & Gabbana's stars filtered down to the high street with record speed, and for spring/summer 2012, we will be sharing our wardrobes with lots of animals, from birds to elephants, puppies to penquins.
Givenchy dressed boys and girls in oversized birds of paradise, while trend leader Miuccia Prada turned into a petrol head, driving a series of Americana 1950s Cadillacs across her feminine shapes, from bandeau tops to dresses to handbags.
The motoring theme also found favour with Penneys, which introduced cars across a number of garments, our favourite being the €21 'cars' blazer in lemon -- so much kinder to our complexions than harsh, blue-toned yellows favoured by some labels this season.
January can be such a frustrating month, spotting lovely pieces in magazines that won't be available to buy for weeks, so now's the time to start making notes in your Little Black Book and I'll be tweeting reminders to prompt you, too.
The Penneys blazer arrives in store last week of February, but in the meantime we can look forward to Topshop's collaboration with the Queen of Print, Mary Katrantzou. Available from February 17, the ten piece collection features fabulous floral china motifs and her signature procelain bowl-inspired skirted party dresses.
Mary 's lavish, ultra-realistic prints have found favour with high end spenders who happily pay four figures for her demi-couture frocks, such as this maxi/mini dress (left) on sale at BTs for €2,290.
Mary's Topshop pieces will cost from €61-€543 and will only be available online in Ireland from Topshop.com. Star performers guaranteed to spark excitment include leggings, a tee shirt, tunic dress and sweater in fantastical prints which layer up dramatically.
Mary's 'When East Meets West' bag range for Longchamps is a riot of colour and will be available from Arnotts from mid February. The prices range from €61-€385.