Saturday 25 May 2019

How to wear... full bloom florals

The summertime favourite is given a bold new lease of life, and is best worn head to toe

Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan
Thandie Newton
Hair clip, €450 from Miu Miu at Brown Thomas
Bodysuit, €39.95 from Zara
Flare-sleeve blouse, €59 from & Other Stories
Wrap blouse, €37 from River Island
Tie-neck dress, €68 from Topshop
Flute-sleeve dress, €170 from Richard Quinn at Debenhams
Asymmetric skirt, €39.95 from Zara
Quilted jacket, €125 from & Other Stories
Jeans, €27 from Next
Crystal headband, €22 from River Island
Ruffle top, €40 from Topshop
Silk shirt, €349 from Strenesse at Arnotts
Long-sleeve dress, €50 from Topshop
Tie sleeve blouse, €89 from Topshop
Earrings, €15.95 from Zara
Wide trousers from Zara €39.95
Striped sandals, €39.95 from Zara
Leather bag, €79 from COS
Woven pumps, €69.95 from Mango

Meadhbh McGrath

Even if the Queen of England hadn't paid a surprise visit to the front row, Richard Quinn's latest collection would still have been one of the most talked-about shows of London Fashion Week.

Of course, when the British monarch arrived and sat next to US Vogue's Anna Wintour, all eyes were on her reaction to Quinn's embellished masks and dizzy botanical prints. Naturally, she didn't blink, and the young designer received rave reviews for his bold floral dystopia.

Quinn offered vibrant patterns in his spring show, too, and in his capsule collection for Debenhams.

Elsewhere on the catwalks, Louis Vuitton, Christopher Kane, Peter Pilotto and Marc Jacobs variously nodded to '60s prints and spliced them up to delightful effect.

Florals tend to be overdone around this time of year, but as we head into summer, the look is given a new edge. Facing a possible heat wave this bank holiday, forget the ditsy florals you know, for designers have drained all the innocence out of the familiar Liberty prints and given us something fresh, punchy and exciting.

If you're worried florals come across as too girly, look at Thandie Newton (right), who stepped out in one of Richard Quinn's colourful gowns at the Baftas earlier this month - there was nothing twee about this dress.

Saoirse Ronan, meanwhile, showcased the best way to wear this season's blooms: head to toe.

And you don't have to be a gorgeous young ingénue to pull it off, either. When it comes to picking a print, don't be afraid of trying something garish or loud ­- embrace the retro look.

If you're petite like Saoirse, smaller prints are a savvy choice as they won't overwhelm shorter frames, while taller women can get away with blown-up flowers.

If you're not prepared to wear all-over florals just yet, use your everyday staples as a base. Swap jeans for a pair of floral trousers and style with a khaki jacket and trainers, or temper the flamboyance by juxtaposing splashy prints with a plain t-shirt or a trusty beige trench.

Spring's flower-powered look can also be clashed away at will. Pair yours with a polka dot wrap blouse or striped sandals for an intriguing combination, and top off with major statement earrings for extra maximalist points.

Looking to give your look a bit more grit? A pair of patent boots should do the trick, or this season's crisp white accessories offer a great way of neutralising femme florals, whether with razor sharp courts or a minimal handbag.

Irish Independent

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