They may not be groundbreaking, but they will forever be considered the embodiment of spring, familiar yes, but never falling far from extraordinary. Around this time of the year, you can always count on a full floral fantasy to assure a smooth transition between seasons and this spring is no different. Betting on a modern take on florals, the spring 2014 fashion trends mark the new dawn of femininity.
The blooming affair persevered on the spring 2014 runways, taking the form of light-as-air dresses, exquisite gowns, tailored suits, flowy skirts and silky jumpsuits alike. If you’re not keen on approaching a head-to-toe floral look, this season offers plenty of equally stunning alternatives. Make sure to find all the inspiration you’ll need, after the break.
Floral prints for spring 2014.
Either reimagined, reinvented, deconstructed or simply painted in unconventional colours, you can always count on the iconic pattern to being brought up-to-date. In spring 2014, the floral print acts in reassuring femininity, while teasing the more masculine influence. Spanning between the extremes, floral prints for spring 2014 go from super-subtle, to super-brassy, appearing modern while looking back at the nineties, clashing with other prints but always emerging as one perfectly polished conjunction.
Floral prints above and main: at Duro Olowu S/S ’14.
So which styles to look for in spring / summer 2014?
Last year they were dipped in the sweetest pastel shades, this year instead the pretty florals were painted in every colour imaginable, though retaining last season’s take on delicacy and subtlety.
How to wear delicate florals: opt for lightweight fabrics, ladylike silhouettes, and relaxed cuts. The most delicate of floral prints will be perfectly matched by sheer panels, feminine beauty looks, and layerings of soft knits as the temperature drops.
Floral prints at Agnes B, Honor and Rebecca Taylor, S/S ’14
Building upon last season’s more eccentric palette of colours, spring 2014 made it all about vibrant blossoms and unexpected clashes of strong hues. The bolder, the better, and the runways seemed to agree, choosing the vibrant florals to carefully redefine chic dresses, or retro-inspired jumpsuits.
How to wear vibrant florals: look out for bold prints in spring 2014’s key colours – the brighter the better. Cuts that have a daring touch are the ideal accompaniment: think plunging necklines, cinched in waists and thigh slits.
Floral prints at Etro, Matthew Williamson and Nonoo, S/S ’14
Perhaps one would think that the floral prints are all about channeling the spring’s brighter spirit, often associated with lively patterns and cheerful colours. But if the past seasons thought us anything, is that the dark floral fantasies are equally able to represent the idea of rebirth, particularly when they are impressed on sheer fabrics and polished, yet feminine silhouettes.
How to wear dark florals: sleek hair and sporty details are the surprise addition to dark florals, away from the usual romantic associations. This spring, try your deeply hued floral prints with easy sandals and minimal makeup.
Floral prints at Marni, Dries Van Noten and Suno, S/S ’14
With their increasing popularity that is sure to take every season by storm, we kind of got used to also expect the unexpected when it comes to the beautiful floral patterns. One aspect that stroke as new and fascinating on the spring 2014 runways, was the clash of floral prints used to define the same garment, often a dress, that was being built from various patterns sewn together.
How to wear clashing florals: recognise that you don’t need anything else to make a patchwork of prints a statement. With the right dress featuring mismatched florals, you can simply add a chic pair of heels and nothing else. If you want to patch the look together yourself, look for mismatching prints in complimentary colour ways so that they still gel together well.
Floral prints at BCBG Max Azria, Etro and Giambattista Valli, S/S ’14
Brush stroked florals.
Designers didn’t seem able to escape the artistic influence for spring 2014, which resulted in a myriad of brush stroke printed florals adorning everything in between ladylike dresses and lightweight outerwear. Exquisite and highly imaginative, these patterns hold onto uniqueness, encouraging the refined take on the perennial spring and summer trend.
Floral prints at Laura Biagiotti, Marni and Oscar de la Renta, S/S ’14
Harsh masculine lines, splendid floral prints: apparently they have little in common, but their coming together lead to one of the most beautiful examples of smart contrasts to have walked the spring 2014 runways. Channeling the best of two worlds, the floral suits are ready to infuse some strength into what is spring’s signature feminine splendor.
How to wear floral suiting: a suit in full pattern is bold in of itself, so go all out rather than try and tone it down. Look for sharp cuts, high shine fabrics, and bold prints. Relaxed pants make the look twice as effortless this summer.
Floral prints at Stella McCartney, Rebecca Taylor and Dries Van Noten, S/S ’14
Say it with flowers.
Say it loud and say it with flowers; florals and slogans have apparently found the way to coexist beautifully in the same garment, particularly if we’re to judge upon the examples we’ve seen ruling at Christian Dior. For something less forward but equally cool, the floral blocks make for an interesting take on the trend at Tania Taylor, while by choosing to pair the floral patterns with gorgeous floral embroideries, Alberta Ferretti lead us to rediscover the effortless kind of extraordinary.
Floral prints at Christian Dior, Tania Taylor and Alberta Ferretti, S/S ’14
A spring poem that blossoms just past midnight (2 Apr 2014)
The trend in 2013
If the concept of florals for spring has slowly morphed into an ongoing love affair, being less of a seasonal trend now, the novelty comes barring new interpretations of the iconic print. This season the evolving of the trend embraced delicate pastel hues without letting go of the vibrant colours and as a result, painting the complete image of a secret garden in full bloom. Small scale or large, subtle or bold, vintage inspired or futuristic, the floral prints are the perfect excuse to celebrate the liveliness of spring in style.
Florals on the runway at Suno S/S ’13
Florals in soft pastel tones
The spring 2013 witnessed a much needed return to all things delicate, with soft pastel floral prints covering ultra-feminine silhouettes and fluid fabrics. From lilac to sea green, light blue, pink and peach, trust the pastel tones to complement the subtle flower bouquets and generous blossoms. Opt for flowing skirts and ladylike ensembles for a perfect match, and try an oversized vest for an effective contrasting note.
Pastel florals on the runway at Antonio Marras S/S ’13, Rebecca Minkoff S/S ’13 and Rochas S/S ’13
There’s something about dark floral prints that screams femininity, but the kind that is dipped in a good dose of mystery. To approach this particular floral trend interpretation choose black or dark blue backdrops and prints that steer away from the signature, vibrant renditions. Select instead prints that are far more sumptuous and enigmatic, appearing delicate and tough at the same time.
Dark florals on the runway at Mulberry S/S ’13, Thakoon S/S ’13 and Naeem Khan S/S ’13
Works of art
With ethereal dresses envisioned as blank canvases, the floral prints representing this season come very close to resembling a perfect painted oasis. Romantic and chic, the garments featuring these types of creative painterly prints are maybe the most artistic and alluring interpretations. Wear them with nude heels and a ponytail during the day, and pair them with dazzling earrings and a sleek center part for a summer party.
Art florals on the runway at Antonio Marras S/S ’13, Lela Rose S/S ’13 and Zac Posen S/S ’13
Large scale prints
Imposing, impressing and thus more appealing, the large scale floral prints have taken over the runways in various renderings. Minimal, sketchy or plain romantic, the peony, chrysanthemum and rose prints were sported on voluminous garments such as printed satin duchesse and metallic silk skirts, or roomy coats. Style the looks with flirty bouffants or slick up-dos.
Large florals on the runway at Preen S/S ’13, Marni S/S ’13 and Christian Dior S/S ’13
A 60s blast
The retro 60s mood that conquered the spring 2013 runways, influenced the floral print trend by injecting it with strong vintage flavours, 60s patterns and color palettes that awake a certain nostalgia. Opt for bright oranges, bold, colorful prints and jacquard patterns that draw inspiration from the mod decade. Complement the looks with flirty bouffants, colorful bangles, bold lips or natural, barely there make-up.
60s florals on the runway at Suno S/S ’13, Paul&Joe S/S ’13 and Moschino S/S ’13