Friday 27 April 2018

Darren Kennedy: Go full floral


Balenciaga SS17
Balenciaga SS17
Christopher Kane printed asymmetric silk skirt, €795
Floral mesh sandals, €79.95 Zara
Floral print circular ruffle sleeve maxi, €75 M&S Collection

Darren Kennedy

Bold florals are back in bloom... but will you brave head-to-toe?

Bloom time

Year after year, the catwalks offer up florals for spring… and why not? They are nature's most obvious antidote to the harshness of winter, and fashion's embrace of blossoms is a thing of beauty. For spring/summer 2017, they take a turn, with intense colouration, scale and mood, as designers go full throttle with abundant blooms served up in mouthwatering head-to-toe looks. Bold is in; prim is out.

Eye-popping bouquets of florals energise dresses, jackets, trousers and footwear across collections. New York's Jason Wu featured a mix of appliqué florals and fluoro colour for spring. At Chloé, 1970s vibes continued, while Balenciaga opted for neon carnations. Christopher Kane's SS/17 collection was inspired by the pansy, with oversized prints in different iterations. It's easy to combine several of the year's biggest trends - simply look out for floral overlays on stripes and prints for a fresh look.

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Top tip

Wearing head-to-toe anything can at first sound a little daunting, let alone wearing all floral print — but make a floral dress pack an extra punch by layering it over trousers in a matching print.

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