The stripe, originally a blue and white vertical bar worn by French sailors around the mid-19th century. Later made fashionable by Coco Chanel, the bold graphic renowned for its banality and ubiquity has been re-invented, and revolutionised for the runways of 2016.

With stark implications of rectitude, comfort, identity and energy, a wave of playful designs have emerged putting us at ease with the more contemporary stripe.

Image of Nottingham's Trent's fashion collectionNottingham Trent University | Autumn/ Winter Collection

Nottingham Trent University recently exhibited their Autumn/Winter 2015-16 ready to wear collection, in particular, featuring lustrously intense block coloured pieces, refined with intricate stripes.

Image of Nottingham Trent's fashion collectionNottingham Trent University | Autumn/ Winter Collection

The stripes included within the statement pieces help break up the large areas of colour, adding elegant detail whilst still adhering to the contemporary and modern style of the collection.

Image of Camille Hardwick's fashion collectionCamille Hardwick | ss15 Collection

British/French womenswear designer Camille Hardwick, is soon to graduate from Kingston University London with a BA (Hons) fashion degree.

Image of Camille Hardwick's fashion collectionCamille Hardwick | ss15 Collection

Specialising in knitwear fashion design, her work is often influenced by contemporary art leading her to create fabulously colourful and modern knitted garments.

Image of Camille Hardwick's fashion collectionCamille Hardwick | ss15 Collection

Experimenting with various materials her garment construction consists of textural layers that adorn the bright stripes. This beautiful graphic combination challenges perceptions of layering in addition to creating an interesting and tactile surface texture.

Image of Berta Kenulyte's fashion collectionBerta Kenulyte | Solitude 2015 collection

Berta Kenulyte, a fashion design graduate from Birmingham City University presented her Solitude 2015 collection. Similar to Hardwick’s designs, Kenulyte has played with transparent layering and knitwear, resulting in the garments being coated in brightly coloured thick bold stripes.

Image of Berta Kenulyte's fashion collectionBerta Kenulyte | Solitude 2015 collection

Inspired by human emotion from a psychological perspective, the radiant bursts of colour and elaborate structure convey an essence of avant-garde.


Victoria Beckham | Fall collection

A further established designer within the fashion industry that has incorporated this popular print is Victoria Beckham. The 2016 collection showcased classic designs adorned with sophisticated stripes, creating an innovative yet understated fashion look.

Image of Victoria Beckham's fashion collectionVictoria Beckham | Fall Collection

Capturing the former British Spice girl’s famous slim and outlined silhouette, the garments urban design and linear approach to decoration offer a timeless look with a contemporary twist.

 

Written by Amber Weaver

Edited by Christina Wright

References

Arts Thread (BERTA KENULYTE

FASHION DESIGN BA HONS) 2016 [Online] Available at http://Http://www.artsthread.com/portfolios/solitudegfw2015/ [Accessed 25.4.16]

THE CONVERSATION (2013) JP Stripes [Online] Available at http://Http://theconversation.com/jean-paul-gaultier-and-the-true-history-of-the-fashion-stripe-32806 [Accessed 24/4/16]

V Magazine (2016) JEAN-PAUL GOUDE’S NEW EXHIBITION, SO FAR SO GOUDE [Online] Available at http://Http://www.vmagazine.com/site/content/5898/jean-paul-goudes-new-exhibition-so-far-so-goude [Accessed 20/4/16]