After a long, cold winter nothing can highlight the presence of the spring spirit quite like a vivid, colorful selection of prints, bursting up with life. 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 romantic and delicate take on florals, the spring 2013 fashion trends marked a new dawn of femininity.
Everything appeared to be blooming on the spring 2013 runways, from light-as-air dresses, exquisite ballgowns and tailored suits, to chic outerwear, flowy skirts and silky jumpsuits. If you’re not keen on approaching a head-to-toe floral look, this season offers plenty of other alternatives. Try floral-printed heels for a subtle take on the trend, or revamp your wardrobe with the perfect spring floral bag.
Florals for spring 2013: prints on & off the runway
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