When it comes to fashion - year in, year out - florals are pretty much a sure bet come spring. In fact, as the weather becomes increasingly unpredictable, and the seasons begin to blur due to global warming, meteorologists might be forced to look to the fash-pack as a more reliable indication of whether spring has truly sprung. But botanical patterns in winter? Now that’s crazy talk….or is it?

 

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From ditsy print bombers to Hawaii floral dresses, it’s safe to say blossoms have stayed in full bloom from spring through to summer this year. And even now, as the temperature cools and the evenings shorten, the hardy perennials are showing no signs of dying off anytime soon. That said, don’t expect soft meadow shades or tropical pops of colour at your Christmas party come December. While florals are set to survive the colder weather, that’s not to say they’re not having to adapt in order to do so.

 

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Much like AW16’s Global Traveller trend, which reimagines a medley of tribal prints in rich, earthy tones for autumn, this new season take on floral fashion also channels a pared-back colour palette. In fact, while Global Traveller looked overseas for its style cues, with Japanese-inspired shapes and nomad-derived arrangements, designers are crossing time itself for inspo this time round and looking back to a romantic bygone era. Dark canvases are peppered in dusty pink blossoms, evoking thoughts of the baroque artwork of the nineteenth century, while vintage-style roses provide a decadent touch to inky-black silken textures, in a contemporary reimagining of the Victorian heroine’s wardrobe.

 

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In short, blooms have gone bohemian, and their timing couldn’t be better. At a point in the year when trendsetters are looking to shake off the saturated shades of summer, in preparation for September, this new muted offering is the perfect get-around for those who’ve grown attached to the floral trend. While spring/summer favoured floaty shapes and feminine ruffles, autumn/winter has turned its back on this age of innocence in favour of something darker and decadent – clean lines, sumptuous styles and drapey, featherlight fabrics. As the fairy-tale ends, a gothic romance begins.

 

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So return the woven hat to the closet, and box the strappy sandals away for next year - SS16’s prairie-chic styling won’t cut it this time round. Instead, those intending to adopt the trend should look to rich, lavish textures, such as our black velvet bomber jacket, with goth-glam touches; leather boots, sleek-curtained hair and a slick of deep red lip, for instance. For day-to-day wear, cami tops and culotte jumpsuits have managed to slip through to the new season, but really, this latest trend has been designed with the after hours in mind. Think billowing midi dresses, floaty chiffon blouses, and vampiric co-ord combos.

 

So what are you waiting for? Shop our AW16 floral edit now, and stay tuned for our style guide later next week, showing you how to defemme blossom print in time for this darker take on the trend.