Part I: Garden Motifs Create Spring Mood in Milan and Paris
Leisurely, languid and very feminine were La Rinascente’s “Secret Garden” windows in Milan showcasing Philosophy’s spring/summer collection designed by Lorenzo Serafini. Dense green foliage was the backdrop for pretty eyelet dresses, “Liberty”-type micro floral prints and everything with lots of ruffles. This truly romantic fashion statement also had a little bit of prairie flair because every mannequin was wearing a black Western style boot.
Grassy floors, shrubs and flowers in the background and floral print garments were in full bloom in many windows. There were short dresses and long dresses and pretty jackets worn with jeans. The prints ranged from tight small flowers to large blooms to stylized hand-drawn petals.
Many designers evolved the exuberant flower trend into accessories as well. Shoes were the most obvious with tall wedges at Dolce & Gabbana. Gucci showed high slides and ballerina flats in their own print, and Dolce & Gabbana upped the ante with a three-dimensional rose appliqué at the heel of a high heel strappy sandal.
Delicate was the mantra when it came to jewelry accessorizing pretty floral dresses. However, flowers as a jewelry motif were another take on the trend in Paris. Layered and longer lengths necklaces featured colourful tiny flower clusters or chains simply using a single bloom as a spacer to create an illusion station necklace.
What else can one wear to a garden party? The soft suiting trend culminated into some easy, breezy pantsuits. Even though either double-breasted or single-breasted, the man-tailored effect was softened by a total absence of structure, pajama style.