Embrace the brooding beauty of the English country garden with winter-ready florals

Words Joy Montgomery

Ditzy, graphic, gothic and retro, florals were the eclectic print that pollinated the runways of AW16. From Fendi’s eye-popping, textural brights to Rodarte’s flowing gothic romanticism, this iconic motif was harnessed by each designer to convey the unique mood of their collection.

Riding the wave of this season’s maximalist mood – ushered in by Gucci’s Alessandro Michele – the delicate intricacy of floral-embellished pieces will become your go-to for making a chic statement. Convert your summer maxi by layering over a roll neck and pairing with biker boots, or for a winter wedding look no further than Self-Portrait’s monochromatic crochet blouse for a high-end finish at a fraction of the price.

Floral-Flocked Gingham Blouse

Marc Jacobs, £305, matchesfashion.com

Floral Embroidered Stripe Shirt

Zara, £25.99, zara.com

Floral Embroidered Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt

Christopher Kane, £395, net-a-porter.com

Floral Print Dress

Cos, £79, cosstores.com

Mini Flower Appliqué Backpack

Fendi, £1,770, farfetch.com

Appliquéd Silk-Blend Organza Gown

Gucci, £2,740, net-a-porter.com

Alex Floral-Embroidered Cotton Shirt

Jonathan Saunders, £287 (was £575), matchesfashion.com

Princetown Fur-Lined Floral-Brocade Loafers

Gucci, £515, matchesfashion.com

Floral Embroidered Leather Skirt

Topshop, £38, topshop.com

Langham Khaki Trainers

Kurt Geiger, £175, johnlewis.com

Papaye Baroque-Printed Trousers

Maje, £209, harrods.com

Pete Embroidered Velvet Ankle Boots

Laurence Dacade, £615, net-a-porter.com

Flower Print Asymmetric Dress

Marni, £1,660, farfetch.com

Sequinned Flower Tote

Red Valentino, £755, farfetch.com

Floral Print Dress

Zara, £29.99, zara.com

Flower Jumper

Victoria Beckham, £431.18, farfetch.com

Gwyneth Jacquard Dress

Whistles, £195, whistles.com

Floral Brocade Bomber Jacket

Topshop, £55, topshop.com

Antoinette Mix Lace Top

Self-Portrait, £200, selfridges.com

Lace-Trimmed Printed Silk Crepe de Chine Dress

Red Valentino, £1,065, net-a-porter.com

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