This Spring/Summer flowers will be blooming everywhere. It’s a given. As soon as the blossom appears on the trees, out they come. They are the go-to summer print. For parties. For weddings. For the races. For pretty much anything summery. Now is time to take them out of the traditional 'pretty' and 'occasion-only' boxes and wear them with a little more attitude instead. Shake it up. Blooms can quickly look old-fashioned and nostalgic — and that's lovely and appropriate on some occasions, but not always.
Some sort of floral print is a perennial favourite with the fashion industry too. We find different names for it each season to keep it sounding fresh and new. With the British being the print masters of the fashion industry, I asked myself do the designers go to Hampton Court too?
So, all in the name of research, I spent a very hard but gloriously sunny morning at the Flower Show where I compared the real things to some of the blooms in the hottest designers' collections this season.
Whether you’re going ditsy, bold, tropical, garden or digital, there is a sure to be a print for you.
But while my knowledge of fashion is pretty vast, my knowledge of flowers is extremely limited to knowing that I don’t want red roses on Valentine's Day and Sweet Peas are my all time favourite.
And what was I wearing to Hampton Court Flower Show? Not floral.
Vetements = Orchids (Orchidaceae)
If fashions label of the momentl Vetments have done florals then you know its a trend. This sell-out dress has been seen on many trend setting street stylers this season. Try wearing your florals with a sock boot or an ankle sock to give it a cooler edge.
Calvin Klein = Orchids (Orchidaceae)
Calvin Klein have looked to the Far East for their floral inspirtation this season. Try mixing your prints but keeping it tonal.
Dolce & Gabbana = Busy Lizzy (Impatiens Walleriana)
Dolce & Gabbana love prints, particularly florals. Why not try pyjama dressing as a comfortable and modern alternative for evening wear. No need to match your separates but maybe leave the slippers and tiara at home.
Erdem = Bearded Iris (Iris)
Erdem has been exploring the hedgrows for inspiration and found a multitude of ditsy florals and colours. Play down your floral dress with a pair of this season's hottest shoe - the backless loafer.
Gucci = Common Daffodils (Narcissus Pseudona)
Gucci can do no wrong and this season's collection is full of floral prints this season even the common Daffodil. If you don't want to do head-to-toe flowers then mix your separates with alternative colours and prints.
Saint Laurent = Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum Majus)
90s grunge was the theme of Saint Laurent's S/S show this season. Team your floral slip dress with a cardigan to get this look.
Topshop Unique = Cow Parsley (Anthriscus Sylvestris)
The hedgerows have been inspiration again but this time for Topshop Unique but they have added mini strawberries to their print. Add a summer feel to a monochrome outfit with a mini floral print and pop of colour accessory.
Calvin Klein = Bearded Iris (Iris)
Victoria Beckham also ventured into the greenhouse with this simple iris print. Keep florals modern and fresh by adding a white shoe.
Gucci = Papaver Commutatum
If your happy to embrace the Gucci granny chic trend then add a quirky accessories to you floral print dress.
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