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Monday, June 27th 2011

Tropical Punch: Summer’s Best Bright Prints

Due in no small part to the exuberant tone set by Prada’s grapefruit- and banana-filled spring collection, the tropical print has become a high-fashion favorite as of late. But Miuccia isn’t the only one to take inspiration from south of the Tropic of Cancer—these designers are proving the punchy pattern is so much more than tourists in Hawaiian shirts and cargo shorts.

DSQUARED2 loosens up a ladylike pencil dress (pictured) with a print straight out of a Gauguin painting, while Halston Heritage’s Tahitian print adorns a dress in the shape of a sarong. Rag & Bone makes the pattern feel forward by trading megaflora for a digital rendering of a seaside photograph, accenting it with solid blocks of black. But for a completely classic take on the look, pair Equipment’s Hawaiian blouse (in lightweight chiffon to beat the equatorial heat) with tortoiseshell sunglasses, white flare jeans, and a thin leather belt—perfect whether on a jaunt to Panama or just to an outdoor party.

--Tonya

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