Trend Alert: Fair & Square

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An upcoming trend for Fall 23 that we are loving is the trendy and colorful square patchwork print trend! This fun trend covers everything from bold graphic check prints to vintage patchwork style prints. This trend is perfect to make a bold autumnal statement with and add a pop of color to any outfit. 

An important appeal of the patchwork square trend is the element of sustainability - with patchwork styles accommodating the use of offcuts and scrap fabrics to give the “homemade” vintage look to pieces. Even the garments that are prints and not actually sewn together with offcut and fabrics are still a nod to the sustainability movement by mimicking the style. 

The patchwork check style has been around for decades and has been a staple trend throughout the years due to its versatility and ability to adapt and look both modern and trendy, and traditional. The history of the patchwork square dates to over 5000 years ago, where the style was used in China and Egyptian early tombs. However, it is now a significant part of history, and the style has become popular all around the world in different variations and adaptations.

The early versions of the trend predominantly involved the making of patchwork quilts and blankets- made by random mismatched squares of fabrics being sewn and stitched together to make one large piece of fabric, often to be used as a blanket or covering. Now throughout the world, the patchwork square style is now used to make bags and accessories, textiles for furnishings and wall hangings, and is popular in fashion! Whilst patchwork textiles were once considered to be associated with poverty, and early versions of the patchwork blankets were not of high value, they are now highly regarded and precious antique pieces. This along with the influence in today’s fashion, patchwork has been made an extremely influential and popular print trend. 

Here are some of our favourite Square Patchwork looks from the Fall/ Winter 22 Runway:

ic: Akris FW22 ic: Dolce and Gabbana FW22
ic: Erdem FW22 ic: Oscar de la Renta FW22

The Fall 22 Runway looks incorporated a fun variety of graphic patches in bold monochromatic and more traditional patchwork style pieces. The traditional styles highlight the homemade vintage feel that is inspired by the roots of patchwork design, embodying the mis-matched colours and patterns sewn together. Overall, the patchwork trend shows its versatility and that it can be worn and styled in many different ways and colours to fit any look and season!

REFERENCES:

https://www.vogue.com/slideshow/patchwork-dress 

https://hidepark.co.uk/blogs/news/a-history-of-patchwork#:~:text=Patchwork%20dates%20back%20around%205%2C000,all%20cultures%20across%20the%20world. 

https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/patchwork-fashions 

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2 comments

  • Interested in the butterflies print but not seeing it for sale, where can I find it is it still available?

    Sara CAlor
  • Super cute! Can’t wait to see all the squares, love them ❤️

    Jana M

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