Alexa does furious florals in NYC [Rex]
Floral prints never really wilt and die; they just get reinvented. This summer has abounded with tropical blooms, but looking ahead into autumn and winter – and into the wardrobes of some of our most trusted barometers of style – you’ll notice that printed plant life will be taking a trip to the dark side…
A/W'14 moody blooms from L-R: Dolce & Gabbana, Rochas, No.21, Paul Smith, Erdem
The new season’s bouquets are worthy of eerie folk tales: look at Dolce & Gabbana for they very best examples. The duo have used appliquéd cartoon-like embroideries of leaves, buds, trees and even nature's cutest inhabitants to tell an enchanted story for autumn/winter 2014. These looks certainly come to life with hooded and fur-trimmed coats and cosy tights, but you don’t have to be heading into winter woodland to make sombre flowers work today.
Jessica Alba, Miranda Kerr, Hayley Atwell, Fearne Cotton and Emma Stone have all been cultivating the latest petal prints [Rex]
As proven by Alexa Chung breezing through NYC in a chiffon sun-dress or Jessica Alba in a meadow-inspired midi-skirt at Comic Con, the trick is all in the addition of black. If the print involves the darkest hue of all (or even brown, navy, loden green or grey) then bet your bougainvillea you’ll be able to get more wear out of this print when the temperatures start to dip.
For now, make like Miranda Kerr, Chung & Co. by teaming your heavy flora with black accoutrements and a little bit of bare skin. Then when autumn starts to make itself known simply get knitwear involved. Fortunately, as an evergreen favourite, there are plenty of perfect petals to pick today. Here are the 10 best to buy now...