25 August 2012

Paisley Paradise

Reinterpretations of classic prints continues to filter through the male fashion spectrum with a refresh of Camo and now Paisley. Whereas Camouflage took on new forms with bold, broken up, upscaled prints. Paisley has been invigorated through patchwork effects, bold colour blocking and mixed scales.

Paisley, (taking its name from a small Scottish Town) immediately makes me reminisce of my Dad's old work tie in the early 90s and the 'grown up' world of office work. This sits world's away from its Indian heritage and its hey day as a visible symbol of 1960s psychedelia and spiritual freedom. Two decades later in the 1980s Paisley sat alongside other classic prints as a mainstream staple for jacket linings and ties. With a subsequent decline in the era of minimalist dressing, the print has made a recent and welcome resurgence into menswear.  The collaboration between Opening Ceremony x Adidas encapsulates the contemporary take with a mosaic of Paisley running across shoes, tees and jackets.  A similar cross-cut aesthetic of block blues and Paisley can also be seen in Christopher Shannon's Paisley Jacket. With such a strong aesthetic I feel this will be quickly disseminating down the fashion chain into high streets stores in the next season.

Opening Ceremony x Adidas Paisley VestOpening Ceremony x Adidas Paisley Tshirt

Christopher Shannon Paisley Bomber JacketChristopher Shannon Paisley Bomber Jacket

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