What do you get when you mix up roses, chrysanthemums and daisies? A bouquet of flowers of course (duh!), but the same pretty blooms have once again cast their spell on the fashion fraternity- the result a floral parade on and off the runway. Yes, Miranda Priestly’s words are surely ringing in our heads “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”, but before you become miss-know-it-all, you should know that this season’s offerings are bigger, brighter, and bolder.
Whether you’re taking your cue from an English rose garden, tropical rainforests, Frida Kahlo’s floral crown, or your mum’s flower-power palazzos (uhuh, the ‘70s are calling), this season’s blooms are all about taking centre stage. Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler (you get the gist) all showcased a medley of floral prints during their Resort ’16 catwalks. If that’s not enough to convince you, 6 out of the 15 outfits Blake Lively (now dubbed superwoman) wore in 48 hours, were legit floral-inspired! And can we just say, how gorgeous she looks in that orange Lindsey Thornburg dress?
Before you call on a search party to find every piece of floral clothing you’ve ever owned, we’ll warn you that not every floral print will make the cut- especially the ditsy prints (move over school girls and stockings). If you wanna do it right, then think bold, think beautiful, and take notes ’cause you’re on for a botanical field trip of sorts!
Right from the streets of Cuba, Stella McCartney’s Resort 2016 (yup, we’re already planning for next summer) is a visual treat. With smart silhouettes, larger than life floral prints and vibrant colours, her collection stirs together a perfect summer concoction with a touch of whimsy. Take a turn around the corner and you’ll find Proenza Schouler having their own party, only a little more bustling. Palm leaves, birds of paradise and bright hues- you know tropical when you see it.
And because some seventies Hollywood glamour is always welcome, we’re loving the maxi dresses with floral palm prints from Elie Saab’s resort collection (especially if LA is on your list of wanderlust). And Karen Walker’s bold floral print dresses bring to mind summer flings and seaside escapades- what’s not to love?
If flamboyant isn’t your style and you prefer to be a wallflower, Marc Jacobs knows how to keep things chic with his black and white blooms prints worthy of an art gallery. Picking up from the last fall collection, the styles come with a gradual transitional look that falls into our timeless and elegant box. And if you’re taking to the trends seriously, then Thakoon’s floral dresses are a mix of prints and pleats (trend update coming soon!).