Trend Report: The power of print

By Janet Bennett Kelly
Sunday, February 27, 2011

Designers gazed into their crystal balls and saw a spring where vivid colors combined with a quirky pattern or three. Alber Elbaz for Lanvin showed elegant evening frocks with abstract botanical motifs; Miuccia Prada paired banana-print blouses with boldly striped skirts, and Duro Olowu designed a collection constructed from a patchwork of tribal prints. Here are our suggestions to bring the tricky mix-and-match theme home.


A new spring collection of linen block-printed, down-filled pillows from Timothy Paul Bedding + Home might change your mind about your old sofa. The store stocks the fabric, so if you'd prefer a size that's not in stock, they'll make it for you. From $140 for the 12-by-18-inch Bangalore orange stripe to $225 for the 22-inch square floral pattern Banyan pillow at Timothy Paul Bedding + Home (1529A 14th St. NW, 202-234-2020).


Herald the return of warmer weather in a collar-less swing coat from H&M in an abstract animal print, a trend that shows no signs of losing its runway steam. $79.95 at area H&M stores. Available in March.


A fabric espadrille wedge from Bettye Muller with leather zip-up back oozes personality in a punchy print mix. Take note: A wiser choice for the long of limb. Also available in blue. $185 at, and $188 at


If you're cowering about covering yourself in a print or cautious about artfully mixing patterned separates, stop worrying and get the look by adorning your wrist with graphic bracelets by Fornash. $25 each. Visit for area locations.


Two silk scarf patterns merge with a nonchalant twist in a circa 1940s-version of a tank top. Wear it now for a breath of fresh air under a jacket; go sleeveless on a steamy day in summer. $78

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