September 19, 2022

Fabrics and designing patterns- trends from the summer shows of 2022

Theren Moodley
Theren Moodley
Co-Founder

Part 1- The highlights of the latest fabrics, patterns, and pattern design trends

Now the European summer trade show season is over, for us anyway, I’ve compiled a list of the best highlights, and looks from this seasons shows in Paris and London 🇬🇧 🇫🇷

The world of fabrics, and pattern design trends is every changing, and this year was no different.

We’ve seen geometric patterns, vector patterns, big flowing fits, and a return of pastel colours like purple and pink 👚

The first part of this series will take a look at the overview and highlights of the summer.

  • What are the 2022 patterns?
  • What is the pattern in elements of design?
  • What are the pattern design trends for 2022?

If you'd like check out our other content on designing patterns, and pattern design trends, I've listed them below:

🧶 Fabrics

Starting with fabrics, the season saw the return of fabrics with a powerful presence and personality for Fall-Winter 23-24.

From more grungy looks (did we mention the 00s were back 👀), to more disordered surfaces like honeycomb 🍯

Below is brief highlights of the trends of the season, along with some moodboard examples.

Exceptional grunge

Woolens, knits and fake-furs displayed more grungy looks this season. Torn-out, hairy wool jacquards that showed a rawer and cozier atmosphere for moodboards and outfits the coming colder months (Just not yet I hope #summerforever)😎

Darker, grungier tones for FW 23-24
Darker, grungier tones for Fall-Winter 23-24

Honeycomb constructions

The weavers and knitters have treated us to a season of fabrics with honeycomb textures of all kinds and sizes. This familiar structure is found in pique knits, woolens and sport cottons.

Strange softness

This is a trend that I can certainly get behind, with the new artificial skins being a reimagining of the micro-fiber peach skins of the 90s and early 00s 🍑

The powdery suede feeling is given a refresh in micro, crispy versions popping up in everything from active sports to silkies and examples of every fashion category in-between.

Peachy, softer textures on fashion moodboard
Peachy, softer textures
Emilie at PV sampling the textures
Emilie at PV sampling the textures

🌹 Prints

Next up, what are the 2022 patterns, and pattern in elements of design that caught our attention this summer?

When we were searching for, and thinking about designing patterns, the return of bright bold patterns, colours and floral arrangements, brightened up the stands in the shows we visited 🛒

I've listed a of of these pattern design trends in particular below.

Decorative abstraction

Pattern design drawing this season lead to, geological textures, marble veins, wobbly lines, electric arches and floral blots were the main print types we saw, with more chaotic, jigsaws, collages and random terrazzo markings playing a big part of the samples 🧩

Check the moodboard example below showing some of the best decorative prints 👇

Abstract colours and themes were name of the game in the pattern design space
Abstract colours and themes were name of the game in the design patterns space

The art of photography

Another take way from this seasons patterns for design were textile prints that fell somewhere between pop and surrealism.

This was the particular aesthetic of black and white photocopies, artisanal transfers, and series of screen prints in the style of Andy Warhol 🥣

Stencils and landscapes
Stencils and landscapes

Folk folly

Another one of this season’s pattern design trends for design saw calming and brown backgrounds, while the very large designs were languorously displayed with supple, almost softened contours.

Scales have been combined, and designs within patterns combining the very tiny with the very huge, tricking the eyes gaze 🌸

Detailed pattern designs that combine the tiny and huge
Detailed pattern designs drawing that combined the tiny and huge

🎨 Designs

Immersive florals

Ever-present everywhere we looked this summer, we couldn’t get away from designing patterns that combined examples of flowers in the shows we visited 🌼

Bouquets and fleurettes attempted to transport viewers into a whimsical, highly colourful alternate universes, with their bold, colourful pattern design drawing.

Longina Phillips floral designs
Longina Phillips was a studio that featured this summer

Arty vibes

This was a range of pattern design trends which used creative techniques that presented new ways of revisiting the timeless that included vegetation, camouflage and geometric patterns.

However, they were reimagined through expressive visuals, such as through the physical moodboard example below 🖼

A sample fabric moodboard from PV
A sample fabric moodboard from PV

Ornamental inspiration

A key theme through all the pattern design trends this summer was a return to splendour and opulence, with an appetite for ornamentation. Highly elaborate geometric patterns and pattern design drawing motifs, this take on the season’s floral mood was crossed with historical references such as, Byzantine design patterns and influences (more on this in a later blog) 🏛

⏭ Up Next

Over the next few weeks I’ll be going into more detail into the fabrics, patterns design trends, and prints from summer, and will be providing more comprehensive details on the patterns and designs that caught our eye 👁

For our content on pattern design trends, and designing patterns, check out our other blogs below:

Until the next time.

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