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Chie Mihara Durui Shoes, available from Photo: PA Photo/Handout
Chie Mihara Durui Shoes, available from Photo: PA Photo/Handout

Some of the biggest - and best - trends to emerge from the spring/summer collections were the bold, technicoloured prints that designers emblazoned on their catwalk creations.

From Matthew Williamson’s Hawaiian palms to Preen’s graphic stripes, these cool motifs have found a home on the high street too, in the form of standout dresses, versatile separates and whimsical accessories.

And there’s no better time than high summer to work a cool new pattern (or several) into your wardrobe.

These are the prints to be seen in this season...


Say aloha to palm fronds and hibiscus blooms, as seen in Matthew Williamson’s seductive Honolulu-inspired SS15 collection.

Make a palm print dress the focus of an after-dark outfit, adding this season’s chunky Seventies sandals, a raffia mini bag and kitsch jewellery.

Tropical prints don’t always have to be super-bright, however. Pair separates, like shorts, a crop top or blazer, with navy or black for a more grown-up vibe that feels right for that tricky not-quite-autumn period.

Louche Thomasina Dress, £59 (

Ananas Wrap-Around Shorts, £200 (

Micro Pineapple Silver Stud Earrings, £8 (


It was patently clear who Diane von Furstenberg had in mind while designing her SS15 collection - the backcombed bouffants and miles of gingham owed a debt to Brigitte Bardot, who loved the print so much, she got married in it in 1959.

Follow suit by playing up the feminine feel of picnic blanket check in a gingham skater dress, or a blouse tucked into a flared skirt.

Toughen up this playful print by pairing monochrome with leather or denim, or go head-to-toe in gingham co-ords. A word of warning, though: when mixing prints, keep either the colour or the size of the check the same to avoid a gingham mishmash.

Gingham Scuba Dress, currently reduced to £25 from £55 (

Girls On Film Navy And White Gingham Coat, £54 (

Chie Mihara Durui Shoes, 202 Euros (around £143) (


Florals are around in one form or another every season, so how to give them a new lease of life? Take a leaf (quite literally) out of Erdem’s book with feathery 3D foliage and textured flowers.

Erdem’s hothouse blooms were darkly verdant, but there are lots of light, summery occasionwear dresses around now, featuring lace, tapework, embroidery and sequins.

With these attention-seeking pieces, it’s best to keep the rest of your ensemble simple, so forgo floral jewellery in favour of sleek metallic pieces and a compact bag.

Ariella London Cece Printed Lace Fit And Flare Dress, £159 (

Poppy Skirt, currently reduced to £78 from £145 (


Stripes waved goodbye to their nautical connotations this season, with Preen leading the charge on the catwalks, where uneven red, black and white bands were more reminiscent of barcodes than Breton tops.

Follow Preen’s prescription and keep your colour palette to a minimum on striped garments - black, white and a bright is the ideal equation.

For more regular horizontal patterns, take your cue from the Dries van Noten catwalk, where dark pastels and candy stripes in luxe fabrics looked cool and fresh.

Gerry Weber Statement Skirt, £65 (

Stripe T-shirt, £28 (

Summer Stripe Shift Dress, £54 (