Written by Stephanie Ramlogan for Fashion Bomb Daily

Which came first, the runway or the street? This is the riddle of fashion in the 2000s. Streetstyle has influenced the zeitgeist of runways worldwide, with Athleisure taking over even the most luxurious European houses. The quirky blogger who would combine unlikely prints, or the unique immigrant artist who would maybe blend cultural influences, are the types of people that are setting the trends. Labels are exercising those thumb muscles, scrolling Instagram for inspiration. Meanwhile, fashionistas are looking at the runways shows, pulling out the mood, colours and silhouettes designed for us to consume.

Among the huge trends like Neon green and lazerbeam yellows, animal prints and bulldozer sneakers, are smaller sub-trends that pop up. Versace stomped down the Fall/Winter 2018 runways with a punk attitude, mixing punchy plaids and bright tartans in a single look. They juxtaposed colours and prints, blocking plaids on jackets and skirts. This two-face style contrast of prints are now gaining momentum. I’m seeing them in fast and higher end fashion online stores, fashion blogs and social media.

Versace FW 2018

Mixing prints and colour blocking find their way into the trendosphere regularly. It is a cool take on more traditional patterns to mix stark tartan patterns like this. Junya Watanabe combines the tartan with other classic prints like animal, damask and smaller plaids, to create a similar effect.

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Here are a few other looks, to give you some ideas on how you can jump on this ride:

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Streetstyle capture via @thestyleograph