Not so fast — if there's one Summer trend that shows no signs of wilting, it's the floral print. Taking on a distinctly moodier refrain, this cooler iteration of flower power has everything to do with getting the best of both worlds. With just one look at the Fall 2012 runways, you'll instantly notice that a new batch of darker floral prints have cropped up. Rag & Bone showed off a slick tapestry floral in tailored coat silhouettes, Erdem sent out a graphic lace-infused bouquet design on everything from ladylike sheaths to structured suiting, Valentino put an overtly romantic spin on floral-embroidered gowns, and Christopher Kane made his flowers as bold and as oversize as the collection's rich color palette. Rest assured, your favorite floral prints have been given a new seasonal lease on life. To prove our point, we've handpicked some of the moodiest versions to shop now.
According to the likes of Jordana Brewster, Kate Bosworth, and Jessica Alba, all your warm weather styling needs is a bold Summer print boost. Be it a vibrant butterfly print, a Los Angeles-cool palm-tree print, or a loud magenta-hued exotic floral print, the brighter the pattern, the more we're convinced that our breezy wares still have a lot of life left in them. With Stella McCartney, Carven, and Peter Pilotto leading a colorful pack of designs for both the current season and right into the next, we're honing in on how these starlets are letting their own print obsessions take form. Miranda Kerr's mix-and-matched fare, Karolina Kurkova's literal tropical photo print denim, and Olivia Palermo's sweet scalloped flower-power shorts all add to this Summer's best printed practices. Click through for seven days — and seven ways — to wear and shop the trend now.
Forget traditional Hawaiian-printed muumuus and silly parrot-themed button-up blouses: these tropical print wares are not only covetable — they'll also instantly inject your closet with a Summer-ready feel. While it's no secret we love a great floral pattern, we're currently crushing on a bolder, brighter tropical iteration of the trend. And the best part? You can incorporate the palm-tree-infused, hibiscus-filled look into every occasion. Featured on both a laid-back tie-front cropped top showcasing a Caribbean-cool scene and a flirty floral minidress, these fun prints with "vacation-bound" written all over them. Here are 10 reasons you'll want to get in on the season's obsession — click through to see them all.
>> Brush off the cold in this season's moody, full-spectrum blooms. Spring's favorite print gets darkly dramatic for Winter in high-contrast palettes and large-scale patterns — often digitized for extra impact. Spotted all over the Fall 2011 and Resort 2012 runways — think Jil Sander, Erdem, Celine, Givenchy, Mary Katrantzou, and more — these gorgeous blooms aren't your grandma's ditsy florals; these prints are bold, dramatic, and the perfect way to dress up the holiday. Click through to shop our picks in the slideshow.
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It's OK to bug out. Botanical motifs are back, highlighted in a beautiful way by Stella McCartney's Resort and Spring '11 collections. Look for prints that include flora and fauna, like this All Saints garden-print dress ($130), or just layer a hummingbird necklace ($410) over a floral top and you'll be ready for a garden party. Click to shop this nature-inspired trend!
Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington sat front row at Ralph Lauren and witnessed the Fall throwback to the '90s: long, floral print dresses, romantic peasant sleeves, and a return to classic menswear. The runway featured layers of blazers and waistcoats over a variety of heavy fabrics and Fall's must-have accessory: lace fingerless gloves.