One new development that I do find appealing, and quite innovative, is using digital prints on denim to create jeans. This seems to be an extension of the printed tights and leggings trend that's been popular for the past couple years. Now, we all know it can be hard to rock a printed pant, (think plaid golf pants or preppy slacks with tiny tennis rackets up and down the legs) but jeans seem to be an appropriate canvas for prints, given their rock-n-roll history. Proceed with caution though: this trend could easily go overboard and end up in self-parody like the bedazzled and embroidered jeans of the last ten years.
Regardless of aesthetics, printed denim and digital prints in fashion are just starting to explode and will be a great market for our surface pattern designs. Check out some of the latest designs in denim at Shopbop.com.
And, you could very well see me strutting down the street in a pair of ikat Daisy Dukes this spring…or not.