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The Paisley Craze

The Paisley pattern is unlike a generic floral or a simple stripe. It has a story to tell. The twisted teardrop shape holds Persian and Indian origin and is specifically known to express Religion and Spirituality. The Beatles’ pilgrimage to India and the Hippy social phenomena that occurred in the 60s sparked a ‘Paisley craze’, especially the psychedelic kind, and the Paisley print was incorporated into the Western world of fashion for the very first time.

Fifty years on it still decorates the designs of our catwalks. Its authentic and capturing historical background along with its diversity as a print (have you ever seen the same Paisley pattern?) means it is never out of the fashion radar for long, and surely enough, it has arisen once more in quite a few S/S 12 collections.

This season has seen a lot of matching printed two piece outfits – a trend for the brave hearted but one that can look so empowering if done correctly. This print is full of life, history and flamboyance and with this season telling us to be as bold as we can bear with our prints, the Paisley is perfection.

Stella Mccartney (This season’s Princess of Paisley) – Keep shoes nude and hair minimal to let the Paisley do all the talking.

Jil Sander – Again, keep it minimal on the accessories – a complimenting coloured clutch  and a muted tone on the heels will suffice for extra print impact.

Haider Ackermann – Add neutral pieces and a block of extra colour to highlight the Paisley print.

Personally I think Paisley looks best on a silk tailored trouser. The material just seems to suit it. Maybe the maturity of the pattern gives it a high enough status to be collaborated with the luxuriation of silk. Whatever it is, make sure you wear your Paisley proud, it deserves it. – GWC

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