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Winter In Bloom

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Despite the hippyish origins, fashion has always liked to indulge in some serious flower power, with everything from peonies to pansies to buttercups turning catwalks into a veritable meadow season after season.

But that tends to be for Spring/Summer – because despite the greyness of Winter crying out for some warmth and colour, pretty florals have traditionally been kept for the likes of June, July and August. But over the past few years that has changed, with designers beginning to sneak flowers into their Autumn/Winter collections, nestled in amongst the twill and angora. Most memorably a few seasons ago when Christopher Kane sent out over-saturated, vibrant flowers against an inky background of oily black P.V.C on slinky dresses and structured skirts, resulting in an intoxicating modern gothic look with a giddy shot of romance.

Kane is one of the brace of designers at it again this season, but this time taking a different approach- one that’s a little more stripped back. In fact, the floral explosion on the runway can be edited down into three categories. So read on, decide which one is for you, and then add some natural beauty to your winter wardrobe.

A Single Rose

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Well, not quite – but certainly a single flower rather than the whole bouquet. The aforementioned Kane was one of the designers who opted to offer up pieces that lavished attention on individual motifs, in his case broad, ornamental roses resting delicately on chiffon. Consuelo Constiglioni at Marni went in a similar direction, with a simple shift dress boasting an intricate illustration of a tulip.

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Totally Tropical

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Winter florals tend to be restricted to things like roses, pansies and snow-drops, but this season has opened up to the more exotic, with tropical flowers taking centre stage at Peter Pilotto, where the British design duo went wild with expansive blooms of pink and coral set against a striking black back-ground. And for more conservative dressers, Jonathan Saunders had a more subtle take, juxtaposing monochrome roses with flashes of vibrant orange.

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Precious Metall

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As a long time floral innovator, it’s no surprise that elsewhere in his collection Christopher Kane upped the ante again, this time adding a metallic sheen to his jewel toned skirts, paired with slouchy sweaters for extra edge. A touch of gold or silver can also be a great way to take flower prints into party season, as displayed by American designer Chris Benz, who used metal tones to inject pizazz into A-line skirts and sleeveless tops.

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by Hollie Moat

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