Article by Sinead Moore
Face prints are the art-inspired trend has been causing a stir in the world of fashion ever since Miuccia Prada collaborated with eight visionary artists for her Spring/Summer 2018 collection, showcased in New York City last September with comic book and graffiti style prints featuring empowering images of women taking centre stage.
The face print trend is now popping up all over the high street in the form of expressive portrait prints appearing on everything from knitwear, to swimwear, to earrings and cushions.
Popular fashion bloggers including Laura’s Little Locket have been seen rocking the trend and in turn causing this snazzy face print oversized shirt from Asos to sell out almost immediately.
What appeared to be a passing trend now seems to be here to stay.
From the Topshop tee that recently took over Instagram to this cute knit from Joanie Clothing (as seen on Hannah Gale), the trend can be dressed up or down, with an edgy twist or a soft feminine touch.
Paloma Wool’s (think Bella Freud style knitwear without the price-tag) illustration heavy range of jumpers, t-shirts and blouses is the “cool girl” way to subtly nail the trend with minimal effort.
Tash Sefton, half of Australian fashion duo They All Hate Us, has also teamed up with her sister and swimwear brand Bondi Born to create a a range of beachwear adorned with sketches celebrating female strength and beauty. The limited edition range will no doubt we all over your Instagram feed this summer and can be found at bondiborn.com.
Jewellery and Accessories: Join the sass squad
Leandra Medine Cohen (founder of Man Repeller) and Pandora Sykes have both shown some love for German jewellery label Nina Kastens’ face print earrings and as we all know, if a trend gets the Man Repeller seal of approval, the rest is usually history.
Right on cue, high street brands, including H&M, ASOS, New Look and Mango have since jumped on the bandwagon, offering some sassy face print accessories for purse-friendly prices.
Urban Outfitters, never one to miss out on a trend, have a delicate cut out face pendantds and earrings as well as a stylised metal portrait key-rings with rhinestone embellishments currently in stock.
Oliver Bonas has gone one step further and created an entire range; ‘The Faces Edit‘ complete with make up bags, phone cases, mugs, jewellery stands, wallets, candles and more printed with their quirky ‘sass squad’ illustrations.
Interiors: Show off your artistic eye
You know a trend is really here to stay when it crosses over from fashion to jewellery to interiors.
Kate La Vie, a fashion blogger who offers up some serious interiors inspo, is a big lover of the trend with her Urban Outfitters eye print cushion and Oliver Bonas face print wall art regularly featuring in her snaps.
Popular online prints store Desenio has also introduced some portrait prints (like this one) reminiscent of Picasso’s famous line drawings while Illustrator Alexandria Coe has a range of sketches featuring faces and silhouettes.
Watch this space, because if this lot is anything to go by, this trend is going to be huge!
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Sinead Moore is an Irish journalist who left her job in London to live by the beach in France for four months.