is a fabulous flower show this spring. Here, model
dons Vioviola Dress, Nicole Miller Artelier, $410,
at Intrigue Fine Apparel the web site says
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ó Designers pulled a bunch of pretty, petaled patterns
from their graphic arsenals this spring, planting them
generously all over sheaths and trousers, jumpsuits and
idea, of course, was to get women so excited about the
sweet peony prints that they would start shopping well
before the first crocuses of spring. The last time
flowers were this fashionable was the early Ď90s ó
so most of our closets had nary a bud. And
coincidentally, it also helped that we needed a boost
after months of snow and ice.
so nice that my store is exploding with flowers after
such a harsh winter," said Annette Matczak Tymoski,
a co-owner of Intrigue Fine Apparel, a designer boutique
in Buckingham, Pa. "There are so many looks from
feminine and sweet to bold and strong."
sprouted all over Septemberís spring 2014 collection
runways: Maison Martin Margiela alternated swatches of
tropical greenery with geometric prints, while Stella
McCartney fashioned pencil skirts and jumpsuits from
fabrics blanketed with monochromatic daisies.
Lagerfeld nestled roses in classic Chanel tweed suits,
and Raf Simonsí collection for Christian Dior featured
skirts with hot-pink azaleas dancing in accordion
fell in love with the colors of nature," said Paula
Hian, whose collection of knit dresses and jumpsuits
featuring rich lavender and navies was inspired by
petals under a microscope, which has an explosive
didnít want to use a literal flower. Ö I engineered
my flower prints so that the purples would bleed into
the reds or the oranges would bleed into the blues or
you would see an exaggerated stem. The shapes are just
Natureís palette is why there isnít just one color
for spring, said Sissy Harris, owner of the Peter Kate
boutique in Greenville, Del.
minty pastels are the go-to soft neutral for skinny
jeans. But bolder hues also are important this spring
ó think radiant orchid, Pantoneís Color of the Year;
emerald green; orange; turquoise; and even yellow.
latest affection for blooming blossoms is the next
chapter in the ongoing mod story for womenís wear.
years ago, the industry was daringly colorblocking
bright turquoise and pinks, and neutral black and brown,
creating a current feel.
following season, fashionís buzz phrase was
"prints on prints," pairing patterns like thin
pinstripes with fatter chalk stripes.
we recruited texture: Leather and laces were mixed with
furs and velvets. Ombre hues became the backdrop to
everything. And last spring, we saw the beginnings of
perforated fabrics ó perfect for racerback maxi
just when you thought mixing prints couldnít get
trickier, along came the florals.
just so creative," said Knit Witís Ann Gitter,
pointing to the work of Clover Canyonís lead designer,
Rozae Nichols, whose spring collection is bursting with
flowers and geometric prints.
personal favorite are black-and-white geometric print
flowers. They are so modern, but there are so many ways
to wear different kinds of floral prints together."
she said, when youíre mixing florals, one should be
bold, and the other should be a bit muted.
it takes a good eye to pull it off, said Matczak. She
carries Nicole Millerís spring collection featuring
frocks in Claude Monetesque watercolor posies, as well
as fitted floral jackets and striped skinny pants.
about an amazing coordination of color, but when done
well ó like when a woman pairs the right florals with
a leather jacket ó it can tap into that rocker-chic
good news: Whether your style is edgy or conservative
matchy-matchy, there are enough floral patterns out
there to find ones youíll feel comfortable wearing.
are oversize hibiscus prints on silken midriff blouses
and palazzo pants ó or if the wide-legged pants arenít
your thing, try a pencil skirt. If head-to-toe flowers
are too much, opt for a separate in a solid.
daintier looks are more your style. Then sheer blouses
overrun with tiny poppies or irises are cute layered
over tanks and worn with a pastel skinny jean.
confident about your print-combo skills? Try the floral
skinny jean in a washed-out print.
your budget will allow just one botanical look, pick the
sheer blouse. Itís the most versatile. No worries when
your wardrobe starts looking like a floristís. Flowers
are more than one-season wonders.
already bought some of my fall collection," Matczak
said. "And weíll continue to see floral dresses
the winter weíve had, getting an extension on spring
would be nice.