The printed scarf – whether a silk square or cocooning cashmere wrap – has enjoyed a vibrant resurgence over the past few years, adding colour, texture and a mode of expression totally in tune with fashion’s layered, mix and match, maximal mood. For Norfolk-based Bella Singleton, scarves are a showcase for her bold, complex patterns.
As a freelance print designer for fashion and lifestyle brands, Singleton launched her eponymous label in 2015 to give free rein to her idiosyncratic style, which has since been snapped by stockists such as Tate Modern. Her prints are peppered with intense pops of colours and combine abstract shapes with imagery from nature, often with a focus on botanical themes. “My mother is a garden designer in Suffolk and I’ve been drawing in her garden since I was little,” she explains. “I’m forever in awe of the electric colours that are produced in nature. One floral still-life can supply me with days’ worth of drawing material.”
The results are applied to large (120cm x 120cm) silk-twill squares, such as The Sea of Beauty design (£215), which fuses monochrome illustrations of sea creatures with kaleidoscopic patterns offset in an eye-popping yellow, as well as narrow rectangles. My True Colours (68cm x 180cm; £185) combines leafy lines and camouflage prints with bright blocks of colour in silk crepe de Chine, while her popular Nicaragua print, inspired by the lively streets of Granada, graces a skinny, fringed scarf (30cm x 174cm; £120) that has currently sold out but can be pre-ordered before December 12 for Christmas delivery. Smaller still are her Twilly scarves (8cm x 100cm; £60) and there are large and lightweight cashmere/modal wraps (45cm x 215cm; £135) too. All are made in England.