From pretty pastel prints seen on dresses, to sheer printed blouses paired masculine fitted suits. The Spring/Summer 2012 catwalks did not disappoint. With the flower trend seeming to resurface year after year, some might say it’s becoming dated and rather deja vu. But the likes of Christopher Kane, Prada and Chloe managed to breathe new life in to the look by mixing different materials, textures and creating amazing silhouettes.
With the Spring/Summer 12 catwalks showcased back in September, it feels like it’s only now we can begin to even think about wearing them, and even now in this dreary January, summer feels a long way off. Christopher Kane has always been a key up and coming designer in my eyes, his balance between girly and edgy has always been kept at a fine edge, managing to create garments that look beautiful, yet still easy to wear. His collection included cute shift dresses featuring an array of coloured flowers, placed in a cut and paste way, showing a fun and quirky way to use the trend. Kane’s collection also included a flowered coat, if you can even call it a coat, using barely there sheer material in a lilac shade, it showed a contrast between the bold flower prints and the material used.
Chloe also managed to wow with their recognisable clean, minimal silhouettes and tailored pieces. Their take on the flower trend felt more oriental, using pink and purple orchids patterned on buttoned up blouses, paired with clean white shorts and long flowing hair. Feminine as always from Chloe, but still maintaining their masculine edge; with fitted boy blazers, cropped trousers and clever tailoring they manage to make the flower trend more than just a girlish fad.
Bringing a more sophisticated take on the flower trend were Prada, instead of using literal designs, they opted for graphic prints in reds and pale yellows. With skin tight body suits, belted for a nipped in waist, paired with a matching coat and costume jewellery, the collection felt very 1950′s, using influences from that era to create a nostalgic feel for their collection. Glamour was definitely at the top of their agenda, resulting in a refined, grown up collection, a different take on the flower trend.
Whatever your style, this Spring/Summer floral trend comes in many different forms, from pretty pastel shades to bold retro prints, each designer has put their own stamp on the trend. Now I’m just waiting for summer to start so I can wear some pretty floral dresses (all non designer of course).