Style - Darren Kennedy: flower power
Big bloom patterns are springing up everywhere
While florals for spring is hardly ground-breaking, a playful attitude emerges for 2016 as blooms are amplified with a big, bold intensity with vibrant colours and oversized proportions, embellishment and eye-catching designs.
On the catwalk, Henry Holland's love of all things nostalgic showcased a modern take on a retro floral pattern with stark black outlines creating an almost cartoonish feel for SS16 at his House of Holland label. Copious amounts of tonal flower prints appeared at Michael Kors who used them to create an almost three-dimensional effect. At Coach, designer Stuart Vevers celebrated the beauty of delicate prairie floral prints in saturated colours and spirited patchwork designs across drop-waist dresses with tiered skirts and ruffled minis. Meanwhile, Diane Von Furstenberg added freshly-cut blooms into models' hair. Eclecticism was the order of the day at Gucci who heavily referenced the glory days of 1970s Italian style. As floral print appeared across bomber jackets, maxi skirts, trousers and dresses, it was the use of floral appliqué on neckties and straps that captured the imagination.
Thinking of florals but afraid of looking like you raided your grandmother’s wardrobe? Pair a bold floral print top with a leather jacket, block colour skirt or trousers and neutral footwear for a fail-safe fashion equation. If in doubt, Google style mavens Miranda Kerr and Jessica Alba who both regularly nail florals for casual, downtime wear.
Game of Thrones' Arya Stark, aka Maisie Williams, literally blossomed before our eyes at the recent InStyle Rising Star BAFTA party with a stunning floral appliqué Preen by Thornton Bregazzi dress. Keeping the look young and colourful, the 18-year-old star added a fun pop of colour with bright yellow sandals and a metallic snakeskin clutch.