At first there was a field of floral prints, light, feminine, ethereal, serving as the mere foundation on which the beautiful couture dream was shaped into reality. Soon enough, the efflorescent fantasy turned into an array of unique floral motifs, explored here and there, with subtlety and delicacy, celebrating softness in a less obvious way. And since evolution is as natural as the passing of the time, here we are today, wonder-struck by the couture exquisiteness as it effortlessly transformed the floral motif into an impressive display of 3-dimensional appliques and embellishments. The start of 2013 appears as touched by spring itself.

Very few designers managed to actually resist the temptation of adding some floral elements into their spring 2013 couture collections and as a result the runways experienced an absolute blossom, one that felt like an homage paid to the season that marks rebirth, a fresh beginning, a new life for all things pretty.

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Floral appliques: when the runways call for spring

Ready to sweep us off our feet, the enchanting gowns presented during the spring 2013 couture season were suitable for a modern-day princess, but one does not have to be royalty in order to fully appreciate, dream or swoon over the breathtaking garments.

For Raf Simons the floral elements represent a recurring subtext, one that he keeps on exploring with more and more determination as time goes by. From subtle interpretations, to all the more obvious renderings, nothing tops his vision of a gown, fully covered in a blossom of embroidered and floral appliques.


Floral appliques on the runway at Christian Dior Spring 2013 Couture

Emphasizing the female body in ways that still feel unrealistic, Geroges Hobeika’s idea of couture this spring had much to do with a melange of pastel colors and delicate floral appliques. The latter turned a majestic white gown in a walking vision that seemed carved out straight from a fairytale page.


Floral appliques on the runway at Christian Dior Spring 2013 Couture

Renown for the artisan effort that goes into every single one of their couture collections, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli turned the Valentino gowns into real works of art for the spring 2013 couture season. Perfection seemed personified at last in the red and black gown, covered in an explosion of textured appliques.


Floral appliques on the runway at Valentino Spring 2013 Couture

Gold-embroidery, gold embellishments and more of the gold seen in delicate floral appliques, gently hugging the waist of an all-white gown is what Zuhair Murad envisioned for a luxurious spring. Accented by the baroque overtones and the royal inspired cape, the idea of a sumptuous couture look appeared statuesque.


Floral appliques on the runway at Zuhair Murad Spring 2013 Couture

Lingerie designer Zahia Dehar offered a slightly different notion of couture this season, as her models walked down the runway in dreamy ensembles and sexy silhouettes. Covered in an outbreak of colorful floral appliques and lively embellishments the mini numbers screamed fun and flirty in a totally good way.


Floral appliques on the runway at Zahia Dehar Spring 2013 Couture

Couture knows no limits when it comes to luxury and femininity and Giambattista Valli’s collection stuck to the point. Orchestrating his strengths with the consideration of a true couturier, Valli gave women exactly what they’ve been longing. Utterly romantic silhouettes, delicate shades and floral appliques. Hundreds of them.


Floral appliques on the runway at Giambattista Valli Spring 2013 Couture

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