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Floral Fixation

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Folksy patterns in Balenciaga’s Projection Dress reference Gvasalia’s native Georgia.

By Jessica Mehalic Lucast

Florals aren’t a typical fall trend, but this season they took root in both men’s and women’s collections. From pretty and feminine to quirky and cool, bold blooms popped up everywhere, proving that there really are no rules in fashion.

Demna Gvasalia made his debut at Balenciaga with striking floral dresses comprised of collaged scarf prints draped directly on the body. This billowy silk Projection Dress—paired with bare legs and simple black heels—owns your next event.

Veronica Etro paid homage to her fashion design schooling days in ’90s London with the spirited day-to-night pieces in her Fall collection. One can easily imagine taking this velvet devoré dress, in a micro-floral print with lace trim, from desk to dinner.

Giorgio Armani based his Fall collection on black velvet for a statement in effortless elegance. We love when velvet and florals forged forces, as in this low-key evening look. A sleeveless sheath in an abstract floral jacquard over a slim cropped velvet pant makes an Oscar-worthy entrance.

This season, the must-have bag is pint-sized with plenty of embellishment. Cue Stella McCartney’s Black Falabella Tiny Tote with floral embroidery; a spectacular little showpiece on your next night out.

In what turned out to be Peter Copping’s final show for Oscar de la Renta, this floral damask silk-satin jacquard dress floated down the runway. A white long-sleeve knit layered underneath modernizes the look, inspired by the grandeur of 18th century Versailles.

Real men wear florals. Leave it to Alessandro Michele to perfect this trend at Gucci with his signature eclectic sensibility. A lavishly detailed bleach-washed denim jacket and embroidered sneaker walked the ’70s-inspired runway together, but either makes a fashion-forward statement on its own.

Dolce & Gabbana also got into the guys-like-flowers-too game, peppering buds throughout a collection that merged Sicilian flair and Wild West flourishes. This silk pajama shirt and pant combo in a floral western design exudes opulent Italian luxury. For real life, we like one piece at a time.


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