(Clockwise from top left: Pringle of Scotland, Issey Miyake, Balenciaga, Paul Smith, No. 21, Joseph)
Designers Escape To Distant Locales On The Runway
This spring, sweeping natural scenery inspires prints and knits.
By Shyam Patel
January 19, 2018
Spring’s standout prints and knits tout landscape-inspired imagery spanning rolling hills to rippling seas. Issey Miyake’s head of women’s design, Yoshiyuki Miyamae, ventured to Iceland with his team to capture images of the island nation’s snowy terrain, and transformed the pictures into prints for fluid separates. Elsewhere, British designer Fran Stringer applied photographer Harley Weir’s images of the rocky Shetland Isles coastline to pieces in her collection for Pringle of Scotland. In a kitsch-forward approach, Demna Gvasalia escaped to the 1990s on the Balenciaga runway by covering convertible pants with a screen saver–like mountain range. And while Alessandro Dell’Acqua fantasized about a tropical locale replete with tan surfers, Joseph designer Mark Thomas dreamed of pastoral tranquility. Though each designer has a distinct getaway in mind, they’ve collectively made a case for indulging wanderlust this season.