Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Print Mash-Ups

I love a good mash up...Recently at a party on the Thames River in London, the intro to Michael Jackson's Don't Stop Till You Get Enough started playing and then quickly blended with Q-Tip's Breathe And Stop lyrics eased over the top. It's an old favourite in the clubs that play mash-ups but hadnt I heard it for ages. While dancing, I was thinking how great it was to get two songs for the price of one, so to speak, especially since our boat  was soon to dock and the party was nearly over. And also how clever the mix was. It shouldn't really work but it did. With great results. The same can be said of fashion at the moment. Why bother with a head-to-toe camel-beigey minimalist look when you can mash-up some great prints this season. Personally I am loving wearing a leopard print coat with a tonal tartan skirt one day or over a baby pink original 1960s print dress another. And it's not just me feeling the fash-up vibe, check the image from this season's Dries Van Noten catwalk show - A leopard print coat with a near on illuminous green floral skirt. On paper it sounds wrong, but on the runway looked fab. Stylists for the recent New York Lanvin for H&M show also had a good go too mixing up the prints with red leopard print tights and flouncy floral dresses. I have listened to the Q-Tip/Jackson mix three times whilst writing this and love it more each time. The same can be said of my desire to fash-it up this season. Abstract!

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