The fashion world has a time-honoured tradition of behaving like gardeners at this time of the year. Come autumn, gardeners steadfastly put the garden 'to sleep' and dig up tender bulbs like dahlias and gladiolus to store in a cool, dark place.
Meanwhile, in our wardrobes, we pack away favourite summer dresses in bloom prints and put them into hibernation while we pull on an armour of block colours and solid neutrals.
Not this year, though.
One of the major AW19 trends to take off and take some shoppers by surprise has been the blooming of a dark romance story with extravagant florals. Think gothic wallpaper with big statement flowers in dark colours.
On the catwalk, Prada did Frankenstein florals with a bewitching rose print; Valentino tended to their blooms in strong two-colour prints, while Goat (below), a favourite brand of Victoria Beckham before she started her own eponymous label, excelled at wearable hydrangeas.
Irish designer Helen McAlinden is famous for her block-colour tailoring but she, too, has fallen under the spell of botanical prints this season. Her 'Beverley' dress (right) comes in a navy-based floral print which features rich tans and ochres - perfect for accessorising with leather bags and boots. The body-skimming dress has a crossover v-neck detail, back waist-tie, voluminous sleeves and front slit. The painterly quality of the print was stylishly tamed in our shoot by adding one of her olive velvet jackets.
Nervous types might prefer to explore this painterly trend by opting for a two-piece outfit, such as the Lauren skirt and top (pictured left) which layers up perfectly for a special occasion. Toughen it all up with chunky ankle boots such as those from Steve Madden (left) or Jonak (right), part of the shoe offering at Arnotts.
I'll confess, I wasn't a huge fan of Meghan Markle's guest editorship of the recent edition of British Vogue. The concept was grand, and I loved some of the people she featured, especially our own great Sinéad Burke but, as I said on radio, I don't think she was edited enough. Maybe they were a little starstruck at Vogue Towers.