I can’t help but re-imagine that scene from “The Devil Wears Prada.”
“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”
“No, florals for fall.” SHOCK AND AWE.
It’s like when we left snowy New York and set foot down in rainy Blighty the garden began to bloom. New York snow showers bring London flowers?
The biggest statement, that all other florals will be judged against, was the Burberry show. Somehow Burberry keeps finding ways to make their trenches even more rarefied and exclusive. Can you imagine the commotion one of these floral painted runway pieces will cause whenever one appears out in the wild? It will be interesting to see if a mass-produced version will be in stores. The simple floral designs painted on bags is sure to inspire a spate of DIY versions and a mad run to Etsy for hand painted bags. But the real story here is the beautiful flowers, prints and colors expertly layered for a much more complex statement than simple “floral.” This layering, naturally, lends itself to the Fall season, despite the rather spring-like color palette.
Many designers included florals in a mixed bag of prints that included plaids and animal prints. One such designer was the duo of Mark Badgley and James Mischka. Their beautiful florals were so rich as to give the impression of jacquard, and were clearly influenced by classic visual arts. Unsurprisingly, the florals here were not quirky or cutesy but elegant and stately. While not everyone can pull this off with the sophistication of Badgley Mischka, that was the general trend when designers showed the botanicals. They seemed to distance them from the twee florals one associates with spring.
Another way to keep this firmly in the realm of winter was with fabrication and accents. Badgley Mischka, Vera Wang and others crafted their florals out of gold lame and other textural materials, and paired them with leather and fur to ground the looks, keep the flowers rooted, so to speak.
Since accessible retailer J.Crew also had pretty posh interpretations of the floral trend, you can also expect to see it at other mid-price and mass retailers come Fall 2014 if this winter garden appeals to you.