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Flower power – the best fashion trend for spring

Romance Was Born Kindness earrings.

Sally-Ann Mullin
Sun, 12 Sep 2021

Romance Was Born Kindness earrings.

Park your inner wallflower because this season’s take on spring florals favours the brave. It’s all about the bold and graphic here, so eschew anything delicate, painterly and water coloured. 

Choose prints that deliver a punch: the more colour saturation, the better. Think psychedelic 70s blooms or highly saturated gardens full of wild flowers. 

Anchor outfits with shoes and bags in botanical hues such as cornflower, mandarin and apple.

In menswear, loud floral party shirts are screaming for a garden party and accessories are the antithesis of beige. 

Juliette Hogan Halo dress in night garden crush raspberry, $899
Another evergreen fabric moment from Juliette Hogan, who knows her way around a floral spring summer print. If you’re on the shorter side, make use of JH’s in-house hemming service, which is complimentary for 30 days after purchase. Shop

Penny Sage Marianne dress in acid flower, $420
Opt for a print that will stand out in a crowd, something bold and bright. The acid print cotton seersucker gives this dress an extra retro charm. Shop

Twenty-seven names Clementine blouse, $450
A good silk blouse makes a wonderful accompaniment to the harsh lines of most suiting, and this vibrant number from twenty-seven names will have you feeling as fresh as a daisy. I like to remove the tag and label from a pussy-bow blouse; that way you can also wear it backwards when you’re after a cleaner front line and a bow at the back of the neck. Shop

Bronwyn Footwear Stella heel in apple, $350 
Well-loved shoe designer Sarah Street, previously at the helm of Mi Piaci and Overland has launched her own footwear venture. You’ll find minimalist design in a mix of neutrals and on-trend colours. The apple shade is my pick, and offers the perfect anchor to any statement floral. Shop

 

Romance Was Born Kindness earrings, AU$195
Have your lobes in full bloom with these standout earrings from Australian fashion maximalists Romance Was Born. Offset the excess with something restrained like white linen, or pair with another bold print. Shop

Fjura T-shirt from Father Rabbit Select, $129
Working under the name Fjura, the Maltese word for flower, Australian-born Simone Gooch is one of the world’s most coveted floral artists. Her client list boasts the likes of Chanel, Gucci, Hermès and Prada. Her beautiful bouquets have been captured as still-life on a line of T-shirts available at Father Rabbit Select. Shop

Deadly Ponies ripple midi in cornflower, $649
Deadly Ponies have taken a turn for the botanic this season with moss, thyme and cornflower featured in their colour offering. The ripple midi is a firm favourite and crowd pleaser, with the versatility to be worn cross body, as a shoulder bag or clutch. Shop

 

Saint Laurent floral shirt, $1060 from MyTheresa
Take a hibiscus print Hawaiian shirt, then make it dark and stormy. Boxy and short sleeved in cut silk. This luxe Saint Laurent shirt deserves a long night on the tiles followed by watching the sunrise from the beach. Shop

Burberry polo shirt, $630 from Mr Porter
One for the boys. I’m excited by this standout zip-front polo from Burberry and am also greatly looking forward to their new store opening in Auckland’s Newmarket. Shop

Happy Socks Forest giftpack, $45 from SoStellar  
A box of happiness and a bouquet for your feet. Accessories are the perfect way to add prints and whimsy to a look when colour just isn’t you. Shop

Follow Sally-Ann @sallyannmulli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sally-Ann Mullin
Fashion and style writer
Sally-Ann is arguably New Zealand’s most respected fashion editor and stylist. Formerly the head of Bauer Media’s Fashion Department, she is also the ex-editor of Fashion Quarterly and a judge on Project Runway NZ.
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THE LIFE FREE ARTICLE

Flower power – the best fashion trend for spring

Romance Was Born Kindness earrings.

Sally-Ann Mullin
Sun, 12 Sep 2021

Romance Was Born Kindness earrings.

Park your inner wallflower because this season’s take on spring florals favours the brave. It’s all about the bold and graphic here, so eschew anything delicate, painterly and water coloured. 

Choose prints that deliver a punch: the more colour saturation, the better. Think psychedelic 70s blooms or highly saturated gardens full of wild flowers. 

Anchor outfits with shoes and bags in botanical hues such as cornflower, mandarin and apple.

In menswear, loud floral party shirts are screaming for a garden party and accessories are the antithesis of beige. 

Juliette Hogan Halo dress in night garden crush raspberry, $899
Another evergreen fabric moment from Juliette Hogan, who knows her way around a floral spring summer print. If you’re on the shorter side, make use of JH’s in-house hemming service, which is complimentary for 30 days after purchase. Shop

Penny Sage Marianne dress in acid flower, $420
Opt for a print that will stand out in a crowd, something bold and bright. The acid print cotton seersucker gives this dress an extra retro charm. Shop

Twenty-seven names Clementine blouse, $450
A good silk blouse makes a wonderful accompaniment to the harsh lines of most suiting, and this vibrant number from twenty-seven names will have you feeling as fresh as a daisy. I like to remove the tag and label from a pussy-bow blouse; that way you can also wear it backwards when you’re after a cleaner front line and a bow at the back of the neck. Shop

Bronwyn Footwear Stella heel in apple, $350 
Well-loved shoe designer Sarah Street, previously at the helm of Mi Piaci and Overland has launched her own footwear venture. You’ll find minimalist design in a mix of neutrals and on-trend colours. The apple shade is my pick, and offers the perfect anchor to any statement floral. Shop

 

Romance Was Born Kindness earrings, AU$195
Have your lobes in full bloom with these standout earrings from Australian fashion maximalists Romance Was Born. Offset the excess with something restrained like white linen, or pair with another bold print. Shop

Fjura T-shirt from Father Rabbit Select, $129
Working under the name Fjura, the Maltese word for flower, Australian-born Simone Gooch is one of the world’s most coveted floral artists. Her client list boasts the likes of Chanel, Gucci, Hermès and Prada. Her beautiful bouquets have been captured as still-life on a line of T-shirts available at Father Rabbit Select. Shop

Deadly Ponies ripple midi in cornflower, $649
Deadly Ponies have taken a turn for the botanic this season with moss, thyme and cornflower featured in their colour offering. The ripple midi is a firm favourite and crowd pleaser, with the versatility to be worn cross body, as a shoulder bag or clutch. Shop

 

Saint Laurent floral shirt, $1060 from MyTheresa
Take a hibiscus print Hawaiian shirt, then make it dark and stormy. Boxy and short sleeved in cut silk. This luxe Saint Laurent shirt deserves a long night on the tiles followed by watching the sunrise from the beach. Shop

Burberry polo shirt, $630 from Mr Porter
One for the boys. I’m excited by this standout zip-front polo from Burberry and am also greatly looking forward to their new store opening in Auckland’s Newmarket. Shop

Happy Socks Forest giftpack, $45 from SoStellar  
A box of happiness and a bouquet for your feet. Accessories are the perfect way to add prints and whimsy to a look when colour just isn’t you. Shop

Follow Sally-Ann @sallyannmulli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sally-Ann Mullin
Fashion and style writer
Sally-Ann is arguably New Zealand’s most respected fashion editor and stylist. Formerly the head of Bauer Media’s Fashion Department, she is also the ex-editor of Fashion Quarterly and a judge on Project Runway NZ.
Latest articles
Get your kicks in stylish and sustainable activewear
Dress for success – classic clothing that won’t let you down
Haute hippy – Gucci, Marle and Chloé bring boho luxe back
Flower power – the best fashion trend for spring
Just browsing – 10 online showstoppers for retail therapy
Sponsored
Decarbonising infrastructure – navigating an abundance of policy and analysis

We have a rare opportunity to align significant public infrastructure investment with urgent climate change reform, but time is short and we all need to act.

Sponsored
Let's not lose sight of the wood for the trees

As much generation will need to be built in the next 14 years as has been built in the last 40+ years for Aotearoa to meet its commitment of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.