We’ve all heard of wearing your heart on your sleeve, but this summer we think it’s better put to use showing off your sense of humour.
There’s no need to dress hilariously - no one wants to be the punch line in a visual joke. Instead, follow the lead of some of our favourite cult designers and have fun with your wardrobe.
Prints have long been used to add a sense of whimsy and playfulness to staples such as button-down shirts, pencil skirts and shift dresses. But if you’re suffering from floral fatigue, an appealing new option comes in the form of New York-based Suno’s amusing separates embossed with outdated mobile phones. You’ve got to love the irony of proudly walking around in a top covered with images of a cellular device you wouldn’t be caught dead using.
The art world has been in on this joke for some time, of course. Michael Craig-Martin’s prints turn everyday items into colourful, creative pieces of intrigue, while Wayne Thiebaud’s work arranges pretty little objects such as lollipops and lipstick in the kind of uniform rows that you’d expect to see on a Prada catwalk.
Wayne Thiebaud artwork
Rising design star Julien David’s signature shirts follow in a similar vein. His current collection, Spoiled Child, has its tongue firmly in cheek, debuting prints of toy dinosaurs and silver spoons (get it?), and is perfect for injecting life into pared-down work ensembles.
Julien David SS/13
At the more cerebral end of the print spectrum, Christophe Lemaire’s brightly coloured blocks are like an existential ode to lego. But for out-and-out fun it’s hard to beat We Are Handsome, an Australian swimwear label that offers a master class in kitsch with a tropical fish aquarium print.
Christophe Lemaire SS/13
If that's just a little too subtle for you, then one of the brand’s bikinis is a must-have. Nothing commands attention on the beach like a panda bear on your bottom.
SHOP SUMMER PRINTS