Patterned trousers have hit their renaissance period. For a few seasons now we have watched as flowery trousers, check trousers and boldly printed pants have detoured into our wardrobes via the runway, settling permanently in our hearts.
The Italians first charmed us with their pajama sets - Dolce & Gabbana of course but also new label and existing fashion royalty, For Restless Sleepers. Designer Francesca Ruffini also who happens to be the wife of Moncler CEO Remo Ruffini, is yet another fine example of Milanese elegance. Follow her suggestions by pairing her pajama pants with a tailored blazer, the aim being crisp yet casual. The silk jacquards of FRS are from Como, which is famous for making luminous prints. This gives the pants a unique feminine touch which is balanced proportionally by the masculine silhouette, a simple effortless approach. The sleep-time look is a bigger sartorial statement than what great comfort should allow but we’re not complaining! Take the pajama trend up a luxurious notch and wear with a pair of flat mule slides currently making the rounds.
In the sunshine we bath
Emilio Pucci embodies the iconography of the jet-set ‘70s, which is why we associate flared printed trousers so closely with the brand. Worn high-waisted and with a cropped Rosie Assoulin top. Book of those are tickets to Hotel Pellicano. On the topic of holidays, try print pants as a summer alternative to little dresses. Missoni has long established brightly zig-zagged resort trousers for post dips in the Mediterranean sea, the colour and lightness of fabric perfect for long afternoons in the sun. Whether flared, straight or palazzo wide, women’s printed trousers make for discerning travel companions. Bold jewellery (jewlery, like the eye-feast curated by La DoubleJ, designer vintage costume gems like you’ve never seen before) worn with floral print pants and finished off with a kaftan, it's the perfect seaside look.
The secret garden
Dries Van Noten, mastermind behind the lush garden of prints that turn into everything from platforms to gowns and of course floral pants. The Belgian designer uses print to bring alive a narrative to his collections, resulting in decadent swaths of colour, equal parts romance to intrigue. On the same page as the pajama trend, this season he pairs gentlemanly robes with matching printed pants and heels. The collection is inspired by the decadent, tragic but ultimately fabulous life of Belle époque icon Marchesa Casati and her poet lover Gabriele d’Annunzio. Bring a little of this flavour back to a contemporary setting by wearing his floral print pants with sandals or sneakers and cashmere basics, a fresh alternative to bohemian excess (but still enough). Balenciaga’s, take on jacquard floral trousers is decidedly grownup, a statement piece that could work for occasional dressing. Gucci’s flower trousers also in a jacquard, are a playful take on what seems to be the trend for next season, Italian Aristocracy. Etro a label that reads like the interior of a Roman palace, has created ladies printed trousers in assortments of rich paisleys for almost fifty years, we think they’re ahead of the game on this trend.
Printed pants have established themselves safely into our own repertoires, as has using print-on-print to really get experimental. This season has taught us that we can match the fabric of our pants to our shoes like Dries Van Noten or clash with printed scarves, worn on our head or tied around our neck. Next season will introduce rich textures and luxe fabrics to florals, which we look forward to matching with house robes and heels. For printed pant inspiration check out Italian Stylist extraordinaire Giovanna Battaglia, a perfected study on layering up colours, embellishments and prints, or check out Leandra Medine from Man Repeller who is equally skilled at complicated combinations. If you want to try patterned trousers in the workplace find a majority colour tone that will suit your blazers, such as Navy or Black, sticking to shapes that have structure such as a few of the styles this season by Stella McCartney. If you're overwhelmed by too much pattern, streamline with block coloured tops (and trench coats or minimal prints in subdued or monochromatic colours. We think you might be surprised how much a printed pant can revive a wardrobe!