Unzipped: How to.. ring in spring with florals

The pollen is here and the temperature is slowly rising.. sounds like Spring in NYC. Aside from the intense cabin fever I’ve been experiencing over the last few months, the need to get outside and enjoy nature is a sentiment that many of us have come to share. So on the heels of Earth Day, it only felt right to bring nature themes to the forefront once more with, you guessed it, florals.. groundbreaking right?

There actually is something rather exciting about the way designers are interpreting this classic motif (last night at the New Yorkers for Children gala, the dress code was Black Tie and Flowers). As streetwear and urban inspired trends continue to chart the course for this season’s styles, I was quickly drawn to many of the unconventional graphics. Michael Kors really set himself apart with a distinctive, eye-pleasing print and a refreshing blend of feminine and masculine elements throughout the collection. Whether you prefer popping pinks and greens or slightly more subtle blues and browns, he makes a strong case for pretty petals. Another brand that uniquely captured modern femininity in florals was Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini. I’m honestly not sure what I enjoyed more: the swashbuckler inspired styling with wide belts and slouchy boots or the effortless romantic ruffles. There was a dreaminess to the collection that made sheer florals and intricate lacy patterns seem like organic pairings with the dainty silhouettes. Whoever this “Philosophy girl” is, I think I want to her to be my spring muse.

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s taken me a while to warm up to florals. Thankfully, designers are making it a lot easier to jump on the bandwagon this season. Gucci and Balenciaga were early front runners with their floral embroidered pieces and stretch-satin skinny pants, respectively. There are other brightly colored floral options from Marques’ Almeida and MSGM that’ll be sure to liven up your seasonal picks. If you’re drawn to more textured florals, definitely explore the guipure-lace mini dress from Self-Portrait and embroidered linen trousers from Chloé. Or if you’re looking to give your accessories collection an update, consider the Alberta Ferretti flat mules or the Loewe “Barcelona” floral bag.

I know wearing florals during springtime doesn’t seem like the most original thought, but maybe it doesn’t have to be. By mirroring the beauty we see around us, are we not simply paying homage to Mother Nature? In light of the challenges we face to protect the great outdoors, I definitely don’t see anything wrong with that.

Brands we love: Balenciaga Floral-print Stretch-satin Skinny Pants, Marques’ Almeida Frayed Floral-jacquard Jacket, Gucci Embroidered Printed Hooded Top, House of Holland Pleated Floral-print Crepe Maxi Skirt, Marni Floral-print Track Pants, Roberto Cavalli Embroidered Denim Dress, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini Belted Dress, Alberta Ferretti Flat Mules w/Flower Embroidery, MSGM Floral-print Twisted-panel Shirt Dress, Self-Portrait Floral Guipure-lace Mini Dress, Chloé Floral-embroidered High-rise Linen Trousers, Loewe “Barcelona” Floral-print Small Leather Bag

 

By Ariel Serano

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