DARK SIDE OF FLOWERS
You may think there’s nothing instantly ground-breaking about floral prints. Your mother wore them, as did her mother, and you already have more than a couple of botanical prints in your wardrobe.
You pull them out every spring and summer — but how often do you wear them in winter? But this season flowers are a big deal. On the catwalks they were set against black or dark fabric, giving them a refreshingly sombre feel.
Floral prints in summer are so obvious. I for one couldn’t be happier that they have taken on this dark, sulky edge; an altogether more intriguing prospect.
FEMAIL’s Style Editor shared advice for embracing the winter florals trend, pictured: Dress, £309, baumundpferdgarten.com; boots, £250, duoboots.com
TRY THEM ON COATS, TOO
There’s plenty of inspiration out there if you are not persuaded.
British fashion’s man of the moment, richard Quinn, made his catwalk shows look like a botanical garden party — for anyone but wallflowers.
Then there’s Kate Middleton’s favourite designer, Erdem Moralioglu, who sent a purple print gown with oversized black bow detail down the runway, in a collection characterised by high drama and high necklines. While Marc Jacobs showed a fabulous giant black satin cape with white and yellow flowers.
JUST DON’T GO FLOUNCY
Similarly dark ideas are springing up all over the high Street. Blouses, dresses, skirts, even a trouser suit have all embraced the print. Copenhagen-based Baum & Pferdgarten created the perfect floral but not too flouncy frock, which I’m wearing here.
SHOES WITH ATTITUDE
Forget court shoes and trainers — too tame. Wear florals with this season’s knee-high boots, a fun laceup pair or a chunky flat. Gothic glamour is what you’re after
NOW SHOP THE TREND…