Darren Kennedy: Go full floral
Bold florals are back in bloom... but will you brave head-to-toe?
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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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.