Fashion alert: Fall florals
While floral prints are traditionally found more in spring and summer fashion, many designers have incorporated them into their collections for autumn and winter. This trend is a twist on the traditional look, as well. While usually flowers suggest a demure sweetness, the pieces this season indicate a new, darker interpretation. From bare shoulders to high slit skirts, these blooms are also far more brazen.
One designer that embraced florals for fall is Vivienne Westwood
A highlight from her ready-to-wear collection was a vibrant red boatneck dress with enormous white blossoms. She also made a clingy cobalt crochet gown with a subtle flower print work for fall by tacking on a wide cognac leather belt. Combining eccentric plaids with the florals also made the print more seasonally appropriate.
Vera Wang took an almost gothic approach to flowers
A rusty orange rose-print chiffon top with a long train was paired with matching pants, and the blooms were especially striking against a pitch black background. Ivory peonies looked ethereal on a sheer black blouse, which was worn with cropped lavender brocade trousers. The edgiest ensemble was a sleeveless black minidress with vivid purple embroidered blooms, long leather gloves and ankle-strap booties. A skirt in the same print featured a daring front slit. A frock with a plunging neckline and tulip-shaped overlay was another one of the more daring pieces from Wang’s collection.
A major trend for fall was the inclusion of florals in coats and jackets
Blossom-covered outerwear is an unusual, eye-catching look that can help to add some playfulness to a monochromatic ensemble underneath. Rochas designed an especially elegant cream three-quarter sleeve overcoat with dainty purple flowers, which looked like it could work in any season. One of Comme des Garçon‘s models rocked a ruffled trench with an electric all-over floral print. Meanwhile, Dries Van Noten had a subtler take: A muted gray one-button collar coat with purple brocade flowers an almost masculine silhouette. Louis Vuitton‘s floor-length belted champagne coat looked almost vintage, with delicate blooms throughout Givenchy revealed a surprising rose-covered moto jacket paired with an asymmetrical zipper. Paired with a matching see-through pencil skirt, the piece was feminine, flirty and punk rock all at the same time.
Flowers are certainly an unexpected print for the colder seasons, but that’s perhaps why they’re so stunning: Despite cold temperatures, blooming buds suggest a certain resilience and awe-inspiring surprise.