Solid colors prevail in most of this season's ready to wear, but prints will be popping up in beach wear, sleepwear, dresses and children's clothes, the American Printed Fabrics Council reports.
Printed fabrics to look for this spring include florals in a variety of shapes and sizes. From tiny calicos in pastels to bright, oversized sunflowers on dark backgrounds, florals give a soft yet dramatic effect. Matched with geometric stripes, they offer a sophisticated look.Optic patterns in off-beat primary colors, harking back to the 1960s, also will be prevalent. Also popular are "conversational prints," such as comic strips, airplanes and teddy bears.
Children's wear will feature paisley, florals and graphic mosaic motifs in an assortment of colors. New this year are bold prints on a black background.
The council, which represents more than 90 percent of the fabric printing industry in the United States, includes printers, fiber producers, engravers and design studios among its members.