Spring has completely sprung and that means one thing for you gardening enthusiasts out there—flowers. Every pansy, tulip and plucky spring perennial is now in full bloom and we get to enjoy them all summer long. Of course, not everyone finds inspiration in the bright colors and life that comes with this time of the year. For Dries Van Noten, spring didn’t mean flora and fauna, but instead flora and drama.
In Dries Van Noten’s spring 2014 ready-to-wear line, floral patterns were used to depict a much darker season than you would normally expect. Deep reds were highlighted by intricate designs, and black ruffles frequently trimmed the model’s ominous silhouettes. The line completely broke the expectation for what a spring line would normally entail and inspired me to venture into the dark side of floral attire.
While this line used mostly black as the background for their designs, I decided to take a more colorful spin on the look. Keeping with the general theme of dark floral, I chose a brightly colored, floor-length floral skirt. I toned it down with a black graphic tank and fedora style hat. Breaking your outfit up with one bright piece is a great way to ease into a look that’s a bit darker than you’re used to!
Since intricate details were majorly present in these designs, I made sure to wear all of my jewelry favorites. Throughout his line, Dries Van Noten wanted to convey a sense of masked opulence through his accessories. Opulence is fairly difficult to portray on a Ramen Noodle budget— so a simple copper cuff paired with my David Yurman ring and bracelet did the trick for me!
Floral patterns look great in your wardrobe no matter what shade they’re blooming in. You should never be afraid to test out different planting methods in your style garden!