As the flowers began to blossom and sandals quietly walked onto pavements, I couldn’t pinpoint what exactly made this Spring dark compared to previous years. Then, one Wednesday afternoon it all made sense after reading a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article titled Spring’s ‘Intellectual’ Floral Fashion.
I call them sad florals,” said co-owner of Kirna Zabete Boutique Sarah Easley in the WSJ article. Easley describes the spring florals that have been deconstructed into unusual fabrics, sleek cuts and darker-than-normal hues by the highly praised designers: Chanel, Carolina Herrera, Valentino, DVF, and Burberry- just to name a few.
They feel more intellectual and less girly,” said jewelry and interiors designer Sophie Buhai during the WSJ interview.
Why the change in floral construction? Aside from the same old bright botanical florals that we see each Spring, designers are leaning towards pieces that women can wear anytime of the day and season. Take one of the outfits below, for example, and pair them up with gladiator sandals during summer or black ankle boots during the winter.
“If someone’s going to buy an $8,000 dress, you need to be sure you can work it 50 different ways,” said owner of boutique Capitol Laura Vinroot Poole for the WSJ interview.
Affinitas and Parfait are not far behind on the trend. Parfait introduces a new collection with a slight turn on Parfait’s usual choice in flirty lace. Elena, available in Raspberry and French Blue, has an interesting choice in fabric that sits somewhere between lace and embroidery. The floral pattern doesn’t scream “Spring”, so I’ll definitely be rocking it in the Fall. It’s a timeless piece that speaks out loud what all designers had in mind this season.
As for Affinitas, known for romantic hues and style, a feminine approach continues to flow within the collection; however, take note on the delicate dare in each design wedding gown. Pure white “Nelly”, for example, pops with the help of a black trim and an optical illusion. You may think “Nelly” has a floral design, but look closely and you’ll see a pattern of tiny circles that appear as petals. Also have the perfect human hair wigs from veryhair.com