Accessories naturally lend themselves to decoration, and bags
and scarves are the prime targets for floral fashion. But this year, shoes, necklaces
and hosiery all vie for retail floor space. Square scarves are
firmly back in the accessories drawer, and think about wearing
them as a cowboy
bib style for a careless air. Tops, tunics and blouses are an easy
way to bring florals into your wardrobe without overdoing flower
These items below are made from printed fabric or embroidered
Flowers probably first appeared on clothing as attached to a
corsage or leaf wreath. At some point surface stitchery was
added, and later simple motifs were introduced into basic
weaves, the latter grew into
complex damask brocade weaves.
Embroidery adds a true folkloric touch, and is most effective
when applied to either a black or white background as the many
example here illustrate.
Above Left -
Black Hummingbird Velvet Bag £40/€68 - Eire Accessorize
Top Centre - Accessorize Black/Pink Gypsy Scarf £15/€25.50 Eire,
Accessorize Autumn/Winter 2009 Fashion.
Lower Centre - Accessorize Back Spotty Flower Clutch £25/€42
Eire - Accessorize Autumn/Winter 2009.
Right - Monsoon Black Keeley Print Tunic Top £35/€59 Eire Monsoon Autumn/Winter 2009 – Main Range.
This season separate floral or rose attachments appear on every
accessory you can imagine.
Marks & Spencer is onto a winner with this low cost rose
decorated handbag. It has a patterned lining and has had rave
reviews from purchasers.
floral shoes and bags see the purple page.
Floral hosiery and footwear can also
add a blast of colour to your winter outfits.
Above Left - Sparkle Suede Sandal With Ankle
Strap, Large Rose Detail - Faith Footwear - Lerose -
£70. Autumn Winter Sandals 2009/10 by Faith.
Above Centre - Pink Rose Bowler Handbag £22 - Marks & Spencer -
Per Una AW2009 Collection.
Above Right - Matalan Pink Floral Hosiery £3 - Matalan
Rose Bag Socks & Slippers
Accessories with flower forms add a fun touch. Plumo has some
exceptional pieces such as these below. The velvet bag from
Plumo uses a rose print theme. The slipper socks have roses as
part of the knit design. Finally the ballet pump slippers by
Ruby Brown at Plumo have a 3D soft sculpture like rose
Chunky jewellery has gained in
volume again. This is no longer statement jewellery, but weighty
armour. Floral forms, especially huge metal and semi-precious
roses mixed with chain and pearls give extra three dimensional
form to neckwear.
Above Left - Hobbs Autumn Winter 2009 - Tris Flower Necklace
Leather/Glass Beads, £99.
Centre - Accessorize Autumn/Winter 2009 Cream Francesca Earrings
Right - Dorothy Perkins Jewellery - Courtesan Chain Pearl Collar
Flower Detail £30/€45.
But it is not just on accessories that flowers
appear. Home furnishings, personal items and favourite household
retro pieces all please when covered in floral pattern.
Flowers pop up in various fashion history eras,
but usually when they are popular in garments they are also
popular in furnishings. When they become unpopular in fashion
clothing so too they move out of the home environment.
In the cycle of history, floral fashion crops up time
and again in carpets. Abstract pattern has been creeping into rugs
for several seasons and now flowers are on the floor again. Both
these rugs from the NEXT Autumn 2009 Winter 2010 collections
show how flowers in rugs can look very modern when stylised and
worked in a limited colour palette.
Above Left - NEXT Home AW09 - Botanical Study Rug from £80/€105.
Above Right - NEXT Autumn Winter 2009 - Raised Flower Rug from
Roberts Retro radio is a classic household radio, but Roberts
regularly update it to the latest looks, and floral fashion is
big trend this year in both clothing and the home. This retro floral
radio is available at John Lewis and would make a great
Christmas gift for anyone who would love a girly accessory.
Above Right - Kath Kidston's Floral Robert's Radio £199
from John Lewis.
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