ACCESSORIES REPORT: Graphic Brights

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Waking up to a rainy Friday morning one would, by default, be drawn to cozier pieces of clothing. Oversized sweaters, scarves, jeans, boots and/or sneakers are all in the list of things we’d consider wearing with the cooler temperature. This Fashionista, on the other hand, decided to take the alternate route by drawing inspiration from two of this fall’s biggest trends — neon colors and the graphic print.

Marni and Preen are just two of the many design labels that presented graphic prints in their fall 2011 collection. And with the rise of digital graphic design and its inclusion in clothing, many younger Fashionistas and Fashionistos now opt to incorporate these wearable art pieces in their wardrobes. A part of this growing community, this Fashionista takes advantage of the gloomy weather to bring in some brights and instantly stand out in a sea of darker and more subdued tones. Her graphic print backpack is the pièce de résistance in her ensemble — clearly becoming the first thing that draws our attention. Even with a simpler outfit this Fashionista's backpack would have still caught our eye. It packs a spot on one-two punch and becomes the perfect campus accessory.

Spotted: On its own, graphic prints already give you the one up in terms standing out in the crowd. Deliver them in bright, happy colors and they become even better eye-catchers. Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler understand this value of the graphic print and went full blast with bright geometrics for their fall 2011 collection.

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