Print Agenda

Print Agenda


You know you've been hit with fashion gluttony when after being rammed with womenswear collections from all corners of the globe in email attachments, from fashion weeks in the big four and further afield, you're STILL not sated.  In fact you go looking at the menswear stuff as well.  Most of you will know that Steve of Style Salvage is the root source to blame.

A few weeks ago, when he took a closer look at the prints in Agi & Sam's A/W 12-3 collection, which was the talk of London's menswear day during fashion week, I wasn't content with just merely seeing the pieces up close and getting their inspiration notes.  The difference between Steve and myself is that I'm probably more inclined to try the stuff on, in order to really begin to get what all the fuss is about.  Therefore in another his n' hers type post, I have bullied him into a bit of print action, something that he is slowly converting to as I encourage him to work prints into his closet, bit by bit.  Part of my evil agenda of course.

To be fair Steve didn't really need bullying when it came to supporting this dynamic print duo.  Being a part of the MAN showcase gave Agape Mdumulla and Sam Cotton an incentive to really come into their own this season.  For A/W 12-3, they ponder "Darwin's Theory of Why The Chicken Crossed the Road", which sounds more complicated than it actually is.  They imagine an apocalyptic world where they have nothing at their disposal to recreate finer cloths of yesteryear.  Using a fabric created entirely from plastic bottles, Agi & Sam then printed the textures of crochet blankets, Linton tweeds and tartans.  Tessellated ducks and puppet men as well as a beautiful watercolour print of chickens and mallards are unexpected surprises.  Printing the appearance of textures on to a surface isn't anything new but it's Agi & Sam's boldness with colours that really lifts the prints.  Actually, it was the mallard and cockerel look that really hit the spot for me.  I can almost smell my grandfather's tweed caps and see his old wooden mallard ornaments, as favoured by anyone with a fixation to Countryfiles.  Agi & Sam seem to have a knack for hitting nostalgia notes, what with their previous tees printed with Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and potato smiley faces. 

The show was mainly styled in mono-print ensembles, which worked as a visual statement but in reality, the prints can be boldly mixed together and Steve even went for a combo of two of the prints together.  Being a fashion glutton and greedily delving into menswear does of course mean being totally comfortable with a slightly oversized fit and in the case of the coats, I especially like the way the shoulders are too big and the length hangs longer than usual.  Predictably, I went in for the mixed print kill, especially with pieces like the blue tartan blazer and the oversized traffic light hued tweed print coat. 

Agi & Sam aren't exactly menswear purists though that sacredly can't be worn by women and in fact, they did do a small womenswear capsule collection last season.  For now though, they want to concentrate on their menswear offerings and launch womenswear when the time is right and when they have the ability to do it properly.  To my mind, that's the sane thing to do.  Greedily egging menswear designers to make womenswear by simply adapting the sizing isn't exactly sound business advice.  For now, shamelessly stealing from the wrong rail every now and again will definitely suffice.



Agi & Sam tartan print jacket worn with vintage top, Versace x H&M skirt, Christopher Kane brocade sandals




Agi & Sam stripe knit print coat worn with Balenciaga jumper, Ohne Titel skirt, Nike Liberty trainers, Mother of Pearl cap.


Agi & Sam crochet print bomber jacket worn with Krystof Stroznya orange jacket, Uniqlo shirt, Joe Fresh neoprene skirt, Eye of the World belt, Prada shoes.




Agi & Sam duck print white shirt worn with Michael Angel latex coat, Balenciaga skirt, Beau Coops shoes.




Agi & Sam tweed print cream-sleeved coat and tessellated puppet print long shirt worn with Glamour x Opening Ceremony cat sweater, Luella shoes. For all the He credits, Style Salvage will enlighten you.


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  1. Antonia at Swedish Love Affair

    2012-04-25 at 11:06 AM

    Absolutely EVERYTHING looks great on you, but that duck shirt is especially amazing!

  2. Raquel Almeida

    2012-04-25 at 11:36 AM

    Super original jackets! Luv it*

  3. Suzi

    2012-04-25 at 11:39 AM

    The Agi @ Sam duck printed shirt is so beautiful! I love it to bits.
    Suzi x

  4. Natalie

    2012-04-25 at 11:43 AM

    Love the Agi & Sam red print coat…
    GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment at for your chance to win a cute, silver hamsa necklace by british indie brand Sphere of Life….

  5. january

    2012-04-25 at 12:20 PM

    love the crochet print bomber, the duck print shirt and that cat pullover! eeeee
    january, x

  6. Serdane

    2012-04-25 at 12:50 PM

    OHHHH ! That’s we could call unisex clothes ! Very beautiful and so inspirational !

  7. Dunia Fashyon

    2012-04-25 at 12:56 PM

    You guys both look amazing! I definitely love all the prints from this label. Will brave a skeptical Malaysian’s view in order to wear this kind of loudness 🙂

  8. robyn

    2012-04-25 at 1:57 PM

    This has to be one of my fav posts of yours. I always dream of the day when my boyfriend can be confident/ daring/ experimental as this. You guys look amazing in each picture. I love this.
    Great post Susie.

  9. Miss Coco

    2012-04-25 at 2:56 PM

    I love your style!!
    Miss Coco

  10. Duck

    2012-04-25 at 3:13 PM

    I thought Agi & Sam were by far the best designers in the MAN collective this season. Still hoping to get my hands on one of the duck-printed suits with matching shirt…

  11. coline

    2012-04-25 at 3:55 PM

    i love this! and i actually really wanted that versace for H&M skirt but they didn’t have my size anymore 🙁

  12. christin

    2012-04-25 at 4:34 PM

    super chic and adorable

  13. Katya

    2012-04-25 at 4:46 PM

    All those jacket are wonderful and lovely and I just love them all. I really want one now, especially the bomber. So cool…

  14. Mariana

    2012-04-25 at 4:58 PM

    Where is that amazing cat vest from?
    Love the duck print- subtle yet not unnoticed!

  15. PERFECT PRINT…super cute,..i make one DIY with this print =)
    YOU can check my TRENCH Outfit in:
    XOXO from MUNICH
    La Vie Quotidienne
    I open my SHOP in:

  16. PERFECT PRINT…super cute,..i make one DIY with this print =)
    YOU can check my TRENCH Outfit in:
    XOXO from MUNICH
    La Vie Quotidienne
    I open my SHOP in:

  17. Jasmine

    2012-04-25 at 6:24 PM

    Hey, I just wanted to say I really love your blog. It even inspired me to create one with my friend! I really love the outfits too 🙂 – Jasmine

  18. Abiola

    2012-04-25 at 6:32 PM

    Love the idea of so many patterns combined and layered over one another!

  19. Thrifted

    2012-04-25 at 7:46 PM

    Really loving all the different prints and colors layered on top of each other. The silhouettes are just great!
    Caitie @

  20. Kb

    2012-04-25 at 10:11 PM

    Love so many of these outfits; your blog makes me want to collect beautiful pieces and take more risks.

  21. Juanka

    2012-04-25 at 11:20 PM

    OOooh, the duck shirt is sooo great!

  22. winnie

    2012-04-26 at 6:34 AM

    Goodness me, you both look amazing, that very first jacket is absolutely fantastic! Love the blues/greens.

  23. maya.autumn

    2012-04-26 at 7:36 AM

    no exaggeration!
    lovelovelove <3

  24. Style Hostess

    2012-04-26 at 11:04 AM

    what I like about your blog are your superb, juicy as fashion filled projects, personal ideas and of course, personal input! Always find reading your blog entries so entertaining to read 😀
    oh yea, those are great shoes. how about that pair of lace up yellow heels?? dayum…
    Style Hostess

  25. Hope Von Joel fashion stylist

    2012-04-27 at 12:52 AM

    you two bring a big big smile to my face! this is gorgeous <3

  26. AngieMontreal

    2012-04-27 at 1:51 AM

    I am disproportionately pleased when you guys do couples outfit posts…soooooo cuuuuute!

  27. Nathan Niche

    2012-04-27 at 8:40 AM

    u and steve look so cute in these photos! im loving all these looks, pls do more of these outfit shots!!!
    xx nathan.niche

  28. Doll house Boutique Sydney

    2012-04-28 at 2:10 PM

    I went to Doll House to by a Sherri Hill dress 1403 for the best price quoted $450 for my daughter. I was told that Doll House has a registry and that I would be the only one wearing this style dress at my formal. When I arrived at my formal, there were two 2 other girls wearing exactly the same style dress and they also got it from dollhouse – I can’t begin to tell you how angry and sick that made me feels. I will not be taking my daughter there for her year 12 formal.

  29. Lily

    2012-04-28 at 6:08 PM

    Have you seen one of the projects photographer Hana Pesut did? She found couples and made them swap clothes. It’s a great series of photos!…:

  30. phaydra

    2012-04-29 at 12:31 AM

    I really like the unisex style and that you showed the clothing and him and you. My favorite pieces are the crochet bomber jacket, duck shirt, balenciaga skirt, opening ceremony cat shirt, and the luella shoes. If I could have those pieces I would be content.

  31. Joseph

    2012-05-01 at 8:27 PM

    The cat jumper once again steals the show

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