The spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection from Dries van Noten was a stunner. The models sported all-natural makeup, bold brows and slicked back hair — but the collection was far from basic. The runway was full of florals, but with a twist that had me swooning over every look. From shift dresses and harem pants to pencil skirts and blouses, florals were reinvented on the runway. Dries van Noten took the typical springtime trend and gave it a more sophisticated, sexy vibe by combining the bold, floral prints with dark fabrics and different textures. To quote Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada, my first thought was “Florals? For spring? Ground breaking.” Dries van Noten, however, quickly changed my mind with his collection that showcased the rebirth of an old trend and made me eager to experiment with florals myself.
Ditching the standard floral dresses, I opted for another trendy piece this season: the kimono. Kimono cardigans — which are popping up in stores everywhere this summer — are a great way to incorporate florals in an unexpected way. They are also airy and lightweight, making them perfect for hot days and warm summer nights. I chose a mint-colored kimono with a white floral print for a casual day of shopping with friends. I paired it with a simple, white tank top and dark-washed skinny jeans. To complete my look, I picked a pair of white, T-strap sandals, a simple necklace and gold midi rings. I threw my hair up into a topknot for a messy, laid-back vibe. My favorite Michael Kors gold studded tote was the perfect accessory and big enough to hold all of my summer essentials.
My look, inspired by Dries van Noten’s out-of-the-box take on florals, showed off my personal style while incorporating this timeless runway trend. This spring 2014 collection was a breath of fresh air, reviving the standard florals of the past and transforming the prints into something new and exciting. Thanks to Dries van Noten, I am eager to pull all of my old floral pieces out from the back of my closet and incorporate them back into my wardrobe.