(From L-R) Christian Dior RTW,S/S 2014, Jonathan Saunders S/S 2014, John Galliano RTW S/S 2014, Zuhair Murad Couture 2014.
As the Spring 2014 trend reports roll in this month, florals once again resume their staple status on the runways. I can hear the infamous Miranda Priestly deadpan immediately.“Forals for Spring? Groundbreaking.” Over the years, fresh takes on this tried and true print have demonstrated a great deal of range. Whether florals are depicted in print, merged with the 3-D trend that has also become popular on the runways, or used well-placed and sparsely, when executed well, these pieces pack a wow factor. After decades of floral inspired collections and editorials, the reference still parlays a timeless elegance. The dreamy inspiration is romantic. Even Queen Elizabeth wed Prince Phillip in a floral wedding gown in 1947. Flowers give a sense of classic femininity. However, juxtaposed with harder elements, florals can give a modern, edgy take on femininity, as seen in Erdem’s RTW 2014 Spring collection. Our sartorial obsession with florals could come down to nostalgia, but ultimately it is the versatility of florals that makes the print such a consistent source of inspiration. Scroll through the pictures for some spring styling ideas.
(L) House of Peron, 1927. (R) Schiaparelli, 1935.
(L) Marlene Dietrich in Devil is a Woman, 1935. (R) Barbara Stanwyck in Stella Dallas, 1937.
(L) Floral Chanel Gown designed by Coco Chanel, Photo by Cecil Beaton as it appeared in Vogue June 1 1937. (R) Frida Kahlo, Photo by Nickolas Muray, 1937.
(L) Lauren Bacall, 1945. (R) Joan Crawford, 1946.
(L) Princess Elizabeth & Prince Phillip's Wedding, 1947. (R) Francesco Scavullo, 1950s.
(L) Enka Rayon, May Vogue, 1951. (R) Audrey Hepburn, 1957.
(L) Grace Kelly in Christian Dior, 1957. (R) Marilyn Monroe on the set of Something's Gotta Give, 1962.
(L) Sophia Loren, 1960s. (R) Audrey Hepburn in Yves Saint Laurent and Harry Winston, Photo by Richard Avedon, Harper's Bazaar, Sept 1962.
(L) Yves Saint Laurent Model Antonia wearing Yves Saint Laurent, Photo by William Klein, French Vogue, March 1965. (R) Veruschka, Photo by Franco Rubartelli, 1966.
(L) Photo by David Bailey, Vogue, 1968. (R) Vogue US, February 1970.
(L) Photo by Irving Penn, 1970. (R) Model Mouche, Clothing by Pablo and Delia, Photo by Barry Lategan, Vogue UK, May 1972.
(L) Audrey Hepburn, Photo by Gilles Bensimon, French ELLE, 1988. (R) Janeane Garofalo & Winona Ryder in Florals, Reality Bites, 1994.
(L) Chanel Iman, Styled by Maria Aguiar, Photo by Michelle Ferrara, Spanish Vogue, 2010. (R) Vogue Korea, February 2010.
(L) Kate Moss in Valentino Haute Couture, Photo by Mert & Marcus, Vogue Paris, May 2011. (R) Kate Moss, Photo by Tim Walker, Vogue US, 2012.
(L) Christian Dior Couture, F/W 2012. (R) One Enchanted Evening Editorial, Dolce and Gabbana Dresses, Styled by Grace Coddington, Photo by Peter Lindbergh, Vogue US, September 2012.
Erdem Resort, 2014.