When your older sister is Beyoncé, good taste is in your genes — but as Solange Knowles has proven, her electrifying style is a force all on its own. From red carpet events and parties to DJing gigs and weekend street style, Solange has shown she has a knack for styling printed ensembles that are as polished as they are attention-getting. Her eye-catching suits — pants, shorts, and skirts — take separates that are usually reserved for the boardroom to more fashion-forward ground with vibrant colors, punchy prints, and amazing add-ons. Without further ado, feast your eyes on Solange's top print moments and let her inspire you to incorporate prints into your wardrobe.
From sweet shorts suits to funky mixed-print pairings, Solange Knowles is known for her colorful, envelope-pushing style. At the season two premiere of Girls, the trendsetter turned heads in a geometric-print Just Cavalli suit, black-and-white Bottega Veneta sandals ($525), and a coordinating colorful clutch. As if her print-on-print ensemble wasn't killer enough, she upped the glam factor with a berry lip and her signature luscious locks. If you love Solange's latest statement-making style as much as we do, shop our printed picks, including her exact sandals, below.
The printed suit caught our eye on the Fall/ Winter runways at Miu Miu and Prada, inspiring us to test out the trend for ourselves! In today's edition of Currently Trending, fashion reporter, Allison McNamara, is showing you how to wear three degrees of the printed suit. Whether you just want to experiment with a piece of printed outerwear, or you want to jump right in and try the head-to-toe look, watch on to see how to make the most out of a printed suit. On Allison McNamara: Topshop top, H&M pants. Hair and Makeup by Kasia Bohos.
Emma Roberts struck a pose in this jacquard blazer ($498) and matching cropped trousers ($328), both by Nanette Lepore, at a Vogue Eyewear event in NYC last night. The actress styled her textured suit with a sheer striped button-down, black Christian Louboutin pumps ($625), and her cat-eye "Emma" shades by Vogue Eyewear. She completed her borrowed-from-the-boys look with a bold orange Clare Vivier clutch ($156), pyramid stud earrings, and a sleek updo. Score Emma's exact suit and her eye-catching clutch for your next evening adventure.
If you thought it took the boldest of style setters to pull off the printed suit trend (we're looking at you, Solange), we have proof that the look is becoming a little more mainstream. We saw Emma Roberts (and Karolina Kurkova, and Nina Garcia) wearing one last night. With Prada's Fall printed suiting, the Resort '13 collections dotted with printed suits from Roberto Cavalli, DVF, and many more, and a Spring '13 forecast of print-on-print suit separates from Suno and J.Crew, we can safely say this is a trend that's coming to a retailer near you (and not likely to leave anytime soon). If you're skeptical of its wearability, this trio — from Karolina Kurkova, Emma Roberts, and Nina Garcia — made a real-life case for the look at their respective events last night, a testament to the fact that the fashion world's obsession with print is far from waning.
From left: Roberto Cavalli Resort '13, Karolina Kurkova wearing Roberto Cavalli
The latest incarnation is a more sophisticated play on the printed suit — and takes the guesswork out of outfitting mismatched patterns on your own (a suit jacket and trousers are meant to be worn together, after all). Just like our now-favorite printed pants and patterned jeans, we suspect printed suiting is already on a similar path to becoming the next trendy staple. Just think how chic a suit like Karolina's or Nina's would look at your Holiday party (and later on for a Spring cocktail fete, out to dinner, or at the office — that's the definition of a closet staple, no?).
From left: Nina Garcia in Roberto Cavalli, Emma Roberts in Nanette Lepore
Nina Garcia photo courtesy of Roberto Cavalli
Hollywood's hottest women have been inspired by menswear for some time now, from crisp button-downs to loose-fitting trousers to cleavage-baring shorts suits, and the latest is printed suits. Christy Turlington chose an understated black brocade Stella McCartney number with a sparkling Edie Parker clutch in NYC, Ashley Madekwe blossomed in a floral Topshop blazer ($136) with matching trousers ($80) and leather UGG Australia ankle boots ($225) in Costa Mesa, Halle Berry went rock 'n' roll in a blue textured Roberto Cavalli pantsuit and Sergio Rossi pumps in Toronto, and Gwen Stefani donned a funky black-and-white print L.A.M.B. suit in LA. Take a cue from these fashionistas and opt for a daring printed suit instead of the standard solid suit for your next night on the town. Warning: this trend is not for the timid, so expect to get lots of attention!
There's a trend that's suiting up to be big for Spring 2012: full-on, flirty printed suits are looking like a thing, and we're not hating on it. It's a bold look for sure, and one that we've seen on the runways of Peter Som, Cynthia Rowley, and Prabal Gurung — not to mention celebs like Zoe Saldana, who wore a sexy short suit on the red carpet recently. It's a fashion risk, but one that will likely pay off. So tell us, would you rock a printed suit?