September 19, 2019
Vintage trends are hot at the moment. Every influencer worth her Chanel slingbacks has frolicked in a pretty frock that looks pre-loved.
From delicate Liberty-inspired ditties to bohemian William Morris flowers, decades old, sun-faded fashion will be this summers must-have.
Designer Lyndsay explains how to recreate the look, no time capsule required.
Look at reference books to source original prints from the 70s and 80s, visit vintage stores to get your hands on the real thing, or keep an eye on brands such as Zimmerman, Etro, Tigerlily and Ulla Johnson, who do gorgeous vintage ethnics.
“Colour is key!”Lyndsay says. “Soft pastels with a pop of pink or yellow to draw the eye work well in a vintage ditsy, or go for beautiful washed out earthy tones.” A muted colour palette can completely change the look of your design from right now to retro, she adds.
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A faded fabric overlay texture can ‘age’ your print instantly. “You want to achieve the look of a fabric that’s worn out from years of love and washing,” she explains.
Source your texture from a stock photo library or make one using a non-printed fabric. To do this, scan your fabric and create a repeat from it so that it can fit over your whole design.
Place the texture over your design and then use a layer filter (go to the drop down menu inside the Layers window) to apply the texture to your design. Lyndsay has used the Soft Light filter here, but suggests you experiment with few different ones as there’s lots of effects you can achieve.
Have fun faking your vintage designs!
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