While fashion trends come and go, one element of design has managed to transcend seasons and eras and continues to complete the latest collections and find its way on runways and in wardrobes everywhere. Fashion prints have never gone out of style. If anything, print trends have formed and evolved throughout history.
The 60’s were all about bright optical prints with women starting a fashion revolution in their tie-dye tops and miniskirts. This continued throughout the antiwar movement and hippie trends of the 70’s and was joined by the flower craze with floral patterns adorning everything from tunic tops to jeans. Whether it be polka dots, gingham, animal, or geometric prints, each has been in the limelight and reinvented time and time again. In this era, when so many fashion trends consist of a mix of styles from the past, how a woman chooses to incorporate fashion prints into her wardrobe is the ultimate form of self-expression.
In Bali alone, dozens of designers bring their own cultural and creative influences to the world of fashion prints giving the modern woman endless choices to play with regardless of personality or style. That’s the beauty in the concept- prints don’t cater to one style or type of individual. Whether your style is girly or edgy, you’re shy or daring, these designers have created the opportunity for everyone to find a print and a way to wear it that is uniquely them. These Bali-based brands each take their own artistic approach to creating pieces that combine quality with thoughtful print designs. Express your own style and aura with the one that speaks to you.
What we love about the prints at Brescia Bercane is that each one tells a story. The designer, Brescia, draws inspiration from cultures around the globe and ancient civilizations to create printed textiles that are a true art form. Her designs are a combination of geometric forms, photographic elements, and curated color palettes that take the surveyor on a journey. Her summer 2018 collection is a full beachwear collection including sarongs, kaftan dresses, fitted t-shirt dresses, bathrobes, and swimsuits inspired by Massai and Libyan prints. These pieces seamlessly blend a range of cultural influences and tradition with modern art. The kaftan and t-shirt dresses could be worn anywhere from home to the beach. With its bold and expressive graphic prints, this label is perfect for anyone looking for something unique.
La Luna Bali is championing prints as self-expression like no other. The brand focuses on classic feminine silhouettes with vibrant prints to express the beauty and confidence within. Designed for the free-spirited and wild at heart, La Luna’s latest collection is filled with fun bra tops and crop tanks in five floral and geometric prints that can be worn alone or paired with matching shorts and wrap skirts. Each print comes in a few different options whether it be on a cutout maxi dress or long sleeved wrap top which makes the collection so easy to wear with the variety of matching sets. That being said, these prints are bright and bold, perfect for the girl who likes to stand out.
Tulle and Batiste
Having only launched in 2015, this relatively new Bali brand draws on founder Miftahul Jannah’s years of experience with pattern making, print, dyeing, and design within Bali. The result? Some of the highest-quality bohemian inspired prints in Bali. Each Tulle and Batiste piece is handmade and handprinted at the brands’ garment factory in Bali. They are the masters at creating collections filled with cute maxi dresses and skirts, flowing blouses, and playsuits in bold and bright colors with intricate floral print details. The vintage inspired designs are the epitome of bohemian style. The soft and flowing fabrics create a comfortable look that can best be described as enchanting. The pieces are also equally versatile and can be worn in a variety of ways. A clutch and heels will transform your look into bohemian chic, while a pair of flats and an over-the-shoulder bag and the result is instant bohemian chill.
Auguste the Label
Auguste the Label is the boho-chic brainchild of designer and creative director Ebony Eaglesou that has taken the Bali fashion scene by storm with its Canggu and Seminyak locations. Its latest collection has something for everyone whether you love bold print pieces that make a statement or just want to subtly incorporate some prints into your wardrobe. The line is filled with bright wrap dresses, ruffled mini skirts, sleek camis, maxi skirts, blouses, graphic tees, and more. These pieces are very classic, but have some unexpected twists. The flowing and feminine silhouettes are paired with star or floral print details that give the whole look a very natural, down to Earth vibe. These pieces are super versatile and could easily be dressed up for a special event or dressed down for a day at the beach.
Bali Boat Shed
Bali Boat Shed is not only an iconic multi-brand shopping destination in Bali, but their own creative talent is behind one of our favorite Bali brands working with fashion prints. Their in-house label is perfect for casual and fun tropical print dresses and matching sets. Their latest designs are comfy easy-to-wear resort wear with bright floral prints and polka dots adorning playful slips, maxis, matching sets, shift, and wrap dresses. Flattering silhouettes meet brightly colored roses, lilacs, poppies and more creating an effortlessly chic beach look. These printed pieces are perfect for a tropical vacation.
Aussie born, Bali-based designer Natasha Gan is the champion of vibrant colours, bold patterns and easy to wear outfits for the girl on the go. Her collection of jump-suits, skirts, tops, maxi-dresses and more stand out with their eye-catching prints and colours as well as their subtle design features. The prints feature catchy jungle patterns, geometric stripes and floral prints that are combined with strong basic colours. The boldness of Natasha Gan’s prints are combined with subtle design features such as lace embellishments, flowing drapes and original design cuts that give an additional creative spin to her lively collections.
The whole family is included in the fun with Zuttion Fashion Kids Label for fashion forward kids and mums. Primarily a childrenswear brand, Zuttion helps kids express themselves by creating the funkiest graphics and patterns. Its latest lines for boys and girls are filled with dresses, tees, hoodies, and sweaters plastered with creative designs like bold slogans or animal graphics. Its wide range of graphic prints has something that’ll speak to everyone whether it be the class clown or ultra girlygirl. For mums, they have a stunning collection of flowy mini and maxi summer dresses, sets, and tops with funky silhouettes and a myriad of playful patterns including stripes and floral detailing. Zuttion even has a line of babywear featuring their animated graphics on onesies, pants, sweaters, and more.
Bali-based brand Olenka’s handprinted designs bring timeless pieces alive. Creative Director Dewi Wangsa, who was born and raised in Bali, illustrates her passion for art and design through Olenka’s sophisticated ready-to-wear lines drawing inspiration from her surroundings and favorite artists. Her youngest sister, a graphic designer, has been instrumental in helping shape Olenka's brand identity and creating ultra unique prints for each collection. Olenka’s latest collection is home to brightly colored funky graphics like geometric shapes and lines adorning the highest-quality fabrics and carefully crafted silhouettes. While these pieces are elegant and sophisticated, the prints add a touch of playfulness and fun. Its latest collection includes everything from swimwear to culottes, tops, jumpsuits, and dresses. Mix classic solid pieces with ultra contemporary prints. Olenka enables the shopper to seamlessly blend and integrate fashion prints into her wardrobe.
Mister Zimi is the creation of husband and wife team Jimi and Zoe Paul. The label was started in Bali, where the duo spends half of their time, but has grown to amass an international following. The inspiration for their lively and animated fashion prints largely comes from traveling and researching other countries. Mister Zimi is where relaxed comfy silhouettes and fabrics meet super bold prints. These vintage-inspired jumpsuits, dresses, tops, and bottoms are meant to be easy-going and relaxed in terms of fit. The patterns and prints inspired by exotic locations and cultures are what stands out. The wide variety of print designs includes a little bit of everything from cool floral graphics to funky geometric shapes and patterns.
Zee for Ku De Ta
Zee for Ku De Ta is the in-house contemporary resort wear line by Italian-American designer Zee Polidori who draws on her years of experience working with top fashion designers. Effortlessly feminine and chic, these collections are designed for the wanderlust at heart. Playful jumpsuits come alive with intricate floral detailing and star patterns. These prints are wild and fun with lots of floral and nature inspired patterns. These summery dresses, jumpsuits, wrap skirts and more could make any day feel like a holiday.
Perth fashion designer Mauricio Alpizar creates everything from ready-to-wear resort wear to high fashion with the highest quality natural fabrics. His emphasis on creating high-quality garments and attention to detail has helped him garner great respect within the fashion community. Alpizar creates prints for women who aren’t afraid to experiment and express originality in the way they dress. His latest collection is filled with colorful, unique, edgy prints often with multicultural influences. His designs are modern but appeal to classic style as well further contributing to how versatile each piece is. These bright print pieces are timeless and can be incorporated into any wardrobe regardless of shape, size, and style so long as the wearer is daring and confident.