Flower Power

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Vibrant florals at Moschino RTW.

February, the bleakest month of the year, is coming to a close and the anticipation of spring is almost palpable. Although it may not yet be appropriate to peel off those extra layers, this upcoming season’s trends encompass all the positive connotations of spring that will make it worth this last bit of hibernation. Few collections were left untouched by the floral trend; consequently, there’s endless inspiration in terms of ways to incorporate it into your wardrobe. One of the most unexpected uses of floral was at Dries Van Noten, where screen-printed and 3-D flowers were paired with grungy plaid, yet in the most feminine of fabrics: silk and chiffon.

The 60s made a major comeback at Moschino in a collection that’s not for the faint of heart. Rossella Jardini’s primary colors, whites with black detailing, bold prints, eyelet, and silhouettes familiar with the decade made for a collection that seems less adapted to the modern age, but rather like well-kept vintage. Costumes from Two for the Road, the 1967 romantic comedy staring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, served as inspiration for the designer, which featured clothing from Mod fashion icon and designer Mary Quant, as well as Paco Rabanne and Ken Scott.

Zac Posen’s lineup, with supermodels abound (Naomi! Alek! Coco!), showcased his signature architectural gowns, yet in a collection that was considerably softer in comparison to the Zac Posen standard, where the details of his careful craftsmanship play a prominent part in his design aesthetic. Ballerina-esque tulle, and the somewhat conservative dresses, cap sleeves, sweetheart necklines, creams, reds, and flirty hemlines made for a collections fitting of the 1940s.  Posen was inspired by truly glamorous Hollywood starlets of a bygone era-C.Z. Guest, Grace Kelly, and Brenda Frazier, studying the designers behind their impeccable style.

Other designers who incorporated the trend: Preen, Ralph Lauren, Lela Rose, Rebecca Minkoff.

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No detail was left untouched at Moschino.

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90s nostalgia at Dries Van Noten.

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The ultimate pairing of hard and soft as displayed in the accessories at Dries Van Noten.

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Lindsey Wixson in a Chanel gown embellished with Rhodoid plastic flowers.

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Chanel’s iconic “CC” accessories were withheld from the collection in favor of pearls, pearls, pearls.

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Demure 1940s appeal at Zac Posen.

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Ralph Lauren’s signature sleek gowns.

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Preen’s versatile print has feminine appeal, even in the most unconventional of pairings.

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Rebecca Minkoff found inspiration from installation artist Jim Hodges.

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Rebecca Minkoff found inspiration from installation artist Jim Hodges.

* All photos courtesy of Vogue.com and Style.com.

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2 comments

  1. yourothermotherhere · · Reply

    I really like the bright colors and florals at Moschino RTW. They’re such fresh twist on the old they’re new! I’m not so wild about the mix of patterns. They look forced and awkward.

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