Fresh Prints

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Published December 30, 2010

Borrowing a page from the early sartorial days of rapper-cum-actor Will Smith—who married urban street style with family-friendly, enthusiastic Day-Glo prints—designers have found new energy in frenetic and bold graphics. D&G evoke a magic eye with their hallucinogenic design, while Versace uses subliminal repetition. Of course, the ever-youthful Comme des Garçons and Balenciaga join in, with comic-book prints and smiley, tessellated skulls. Forget the winter blues—unless they are paired with bright yellows, reds, and greens, too.

Photos (left): Jil Sander, Bathing Ape, Comme Des Garcons Homme Plus, Marni; (right): Moncler, Balenciaga By Nicolas Ghesquiere, D&G, Versace