This year, on the runway, we saw Spring in full bloom with various forms of florals: flocked, embroidered, printed, you name it! Florals seem to be everywhere, very appropriate for Spring, but how designers did it this year feels very unique.
The importance of print within fashion has grown exponentially within the last few years. Why? Yes, due to innovative technology and techniques, but there is also an ever present need for us style driven individuals to feel that there are new ideas and designs presented to us, season to season. Though many silhouettes and styles have already been designed, prints continue to be unique, trendy, and exciting.
To highlight some of our favorite designers: Alexander McQueen used large florals crochet on voluminous dresses, smaller floral prints flocked onto metallics, and printed psychedelic florals onto iridescent taffeta. His use of florals was very loud and edgy. Our takeaway? Florals should no longer associate with the grandma-complex, but rather, allow for edgy and innovative style when layered or paired with an unexpected opposition. To accompany the feminine florals, Alexander McQueen chose embellished biker boots as contrast. Currently, a fall trend, these boots can be carried over into your spring wardrobe to amp up your look! Louis Voutin presented us with embellished floral jackets. Perfect as a duster for those transitional months in spring, allowing for fun color and easy pairing. Dries Van Noten used many flocked floral patters, with bright colors, primarily yellow and lime green, on matching sets and layers. Oriental coats and blazers were very prominent within their Spring Summer 2018 collection which are perfect when you want to look sophisticatedly eclectic.
Designers seem to want to be louder, and more outlandish this year by layering different scales of florals. Take note! The key to layering florals is to make sure that they are varying scales. Another trend we saw was monochromatic themed prints show casing popular colors. Amongst them was lime green, yellow, and lush green, so watch out for these colors! Lastly, many styles contained oriental flocking. This metallic applique is so fun and youthful, reinvigorating boring everyday blazers and dusters. Perhaps following suit, after Gucci’s recent popular campaigns, designers have fully embraced the considered chaos of florals into their collections.