Petal Perfect Spring Fashion
March 05, 2012 | by By Laurie Brookins | Style & Beauty
From Top: Cruise Antibes sandal, Chanel ($850), Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Colins Ave., 305-868-0550. Small Glam Tote, Valentino ($2,745), Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Colins Ave., 305-868-1215. Daisy Bead & Necklace, Talbots ($79), The Falls, 8888 SW 136th St. Miami, 305-254-6951
You can always count on designers to offer up some variation on floral as a spring trend, but this season the choices seem particularly lush and inventive. We loved Jason Wu’s digitally printed petals on his breezy dresses and high-waisted shorts, and waxed rhapsodic over the brilliant beaded and lace floral treatments on a variety of Valentino totes. Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy conjured up van Gogh’s sunflowers on their ’50s-inspired dresses, while the birds of paradise blooming throughout Joseph Altuzarra’s Spring collection had us thinking he’d been hanging out at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Meanwhile, the ubiquity of spring florals also comes with one decided advantage: With equally lovely entries from the likes of J.Crew and Talbots, it’s also a trend that’s highly accessible, no matter whether your budget tends toward a bunch of daisies or a bouquet of hothouse flowers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY BRIAN KLUTCH