Amidst the explosion of trends in the fashion universe each year, there's one in particular that you just can't miss come spring and summertime: floral prints.
Flowers are a fashion perennial and, judging from the orgy of blossoms on both the Paris and Milan catwalks, this season they seem to be even more fashionable than ever.
Roberto Cavalliextracted an essence of innocent sensuality with his romantic collection of chemises and robes adorned with large botanical motifs.Stella McCartneyshowed a collection full of fluid, easygoing dresses in wildflower prints inspired by the 70s cult musical Hair, whileAntonio Marrascreated a full-on Amazonian forest forKenzo, complete with birds on screens, a dewy stage and psychedelic rainforest-print collection.Dolce &Gabbana,Ellie Saab,Marni,Moschino,BalenciagaandRalph Laurenalso went for blossoms in a big way.
Even without the designer labels, the perfect seasonal statement and one of the best ways to wear florals in a day-to-day context is the long hippie dress. Capture the 'Summer of Love' mood for spring/summer 2008 with a flattering maxi-dress and bold accessories. String a vintage-look leather belt and accessorize with chunky beads, cuffs and loads of necklaces – anything too delicate will be overwhelmed by the print. Complete your look with this season's gladiator sandals or sexy strappies, and you're set for any occasion.
If you're not in a hippie mood, you can always opt for an elegant floral top paired with simple bottoms. Vintage skinny jeans and high heels usually work well, a laHollywood starlet. Don't overload your accessories in this case: a plain bangle works best.
Whatever your look, just don't forget to add a floral touch this season, as flowers are not only another must-have trend of 2008, but also the very essence of springtime.