Dark Florals in Fashion

22 Oct 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine
Cultivate a fresh approach to autumn with dark florals, says Penny Fray

Dramatic and more opulent than summer’s pastel bouquets, this season’s floral prints are anything but pretty. Giant graphic lilies at Marni, wildflowers at Valentino and floral embroidery on leather at Christopher Kane show the darker side of this typically feminine look.

Incorporate the trend into your wardrobe with a long-line dress in a retro petal pattern, keeping the effect modern by accessorising with plain, contemporary bags and shoes. A spritz of a heady floral fragrance is the perfect finishing touch. Alternatively, try layering prints for the eccentric granny look that delighted so many designers this season.

Of course, if you prefer a more minimalist take on the trend, just add a textured bag à la Dolce & Gabbana. It’ll perfectly lift your favourite black dress.


Dolce & Gabbana paid tribute to motherhood for its Fall ’15 runway. Crafted in Italy from yellow cashmere, this sweater is embellished with contrasting green sequins that spell out “Je t’aime mama”, which translates to “I love you mama” and looks great with a floral skirt. From RO650


Calling all yummy mummies with a conscience – this People Tree skirt is not only comfortable and bang on trend, it’s also ethically made. Add a cashmere jumper and you’ll attract envious glances at the school gates. Get it online for RO39


Dolce & Gabbana’s carved wood clutch is designed to resemble a floral oil painting in an ornate gilded frame. Made in Italy, this compact accessory is fitted with an internal pocket and lined in suede to keep your cards, mobile and lipstick scratch-free. Okay, it’s not cheap at RO2,500 but it’s a statement piece that can be passed down from generation to generation


If you love the British countryside as much as I do, then you’re guaranteed to fall for Topshop Unique’s “Windermere” dress, with its flash of yellow dandelions. Fitted at the bust and waist, this flattering crepe piece flares out at the hip and is finished with a high split and box pleats. Offset the vivid pattern with no fuss black boots or pumps. Available for RO133 from Net-a-Porter 


Give your sweater a floral lift with this fabulous ceramic necklace from Zara. Daytime jewels have never looked so gorgeous. From RO12

Dark Garden: How to wear florals in fall

1. The key difference between spring and autumn’s floral prints is that this season’s pieces typically have a black background. If you’re desperate to

recycle summer’s floral frocks, try toughening things up with layers of dark leather, wool and shearling. 2.
Upgrade from print to floral appliqué, a process in which additional fabric is sewn onto a design, creating a decorative 3D effect. It’s an easy way to update old pieces and hide holes in your favourite cashmere sweaters – just visit your local tailor or haberdashery for inspiration.

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