It’s the season where leaves turn brown (yes, it happens even in our subtropical belt) and the riot of colourful flowers start to retreat from the landscape. While we can’t control nature, do not fear; ready-to-wear, accessories and even fine jewellery are here to keep things blooming and evergreen even through the darkest depths of winter. Scroll through our gallery for more.
One look at the autumn runways proves that florals are just as appropriate for fall as they are for spring. Using brocade, silk and velvet, designers have concocted visions of flora and fauna that are perfectly matched to cooler climates.
Brunello Cucinelli taps into the lush darker colours of nature post-summer; on a mohair green sweater sits an overlay of leaves in burnished gold. Tory Burch sent something similar down her AW17 catwalk in a blue most royal. Metallics are as entrenched in the latter half of the year’s wardrobe mix as pine trees are with Christmas, so combining molten shades and fabulous florals will guarantee all eyes on you.
A boldly modern option for the new season is to pair intense, romantic floral prints with tough-look leather or on-trend vinyl. Alice and Olivia have teamed a floral bodice with an A-line midi vinyl skirt, adding a matching bomber and killer shoes to finish: the ultimate cool-chick look with a dreamy twist.
Of course, accessories are the perfect way to work the motif into your wardrobe. Korean pop star Suzy is carrying Fendi’s Mini PKB with an ombre floral strap. If you’re looking for something a little more subtle, Loro Piana’s scarf and hat set is a discreet and timeless take on the trend.
The elements of nature will always be a solid feature in haute joaillerie and in that vein summer’s favourite collection, Cartier’s Cactus de Cartier, has a host of floral, spiky, knobbly creations that run the gamut of verdant and floral offerings in nature. Something that will make a splash at soirees might be Cindy Chao’s Art Jewel Mystère de l’Hiver Cuff, which offers sparkle from every angle.