Thursday, 24 May 2012

Trend; Who Says Fashion Hates Food?

It all started, as it often does, with Prada. Way back in 2011, before anybody else, Miuccia chose an unusual print to be the subject of her Spring/Summer 2011 show - the banana. Bananas were everywhere; on dresses, on skirts, on earrings, even on nails, and the fashion industry took notice. After being featured in several editorials it was apparent that at some point other designers would follow Miuccia's lead; fast-forward a year, and this is exactly what has happened.

The ones that started the trend - Prada banana earrings
Banana skirt, Prada S/S '11
Looking at the fashion shows for Spring/Summer '12, it's evident that many designers have looked to Miuccia for inspiration. Moschino featured ultra-feminine dresses specked with tiny strawberries and printed huge black apples on short shift dresses while Missoni opted for a more subtle take on the trend with their chilli pepper earrings.

Strawberry-print dress - Moschino Cheap & Chic Spring/Summer '12

However, no designers epitomised the trend more than legendary Italian duo, Dolce & Gabbana. The pair launched head-first into culinary prints, featuring an array of delights such as eggplants, tomatos and even onions - the tasty treats came printed onto feminine peplum dresses, ultra-cute fifties-style bralets and elegant high-waisted skirts. The duo have also provided arguably the biggest threat to Prada's infamous banana skirt; the eggplant dress was one of the most widely-revered pieces in the collection and has already been featured in several editorials of its own as well as being spotted on several celebrities.

Eggplant pencil dress - Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer '12

The trend is set to reach full-blown hysteria status as it filters down onto the high-street. Affordable (and still excellent) takes on the trend have been spotted in shops such as Topshop and Zara, meaning that you yourself could be wearing your favourite kitchen treats in no time at all.

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