AW13 Trend: Botanical Beau
With fashion constantly shape shifting into the unknown trend territory; the adornment of floral prints surprisingly on men is no exception this season. For as long as MFM can remember, painted posies, chinz and scattered petals have been intrinsically worked into female fashion prints for decades. With the birth of a new dandy, adapting a contemporary attitude towards this traditional print; florals are now the statement pattern piece of the moment.
Street fashion around the globe has witnessed a strong reaction to this form of anti-fashion, with trendsetters leading an eclectic approach to layering up unconventional prints and colour-clash.
The fun rebellious nature of this trend has established a cult following, with many designers and brands creating the most outlandish of designs. Garments ranging from jackets and t-shirts to pyjama style suits have seen a surge showcasing this unusual trend. For fall 2013 menswear, key prints have incorporated the abstract, Japanese, Hawaiian motifs and 17th century inspired paintings onto clothing.
Designers Dolce & Gabbana, showed an array of prints throughout their AW13/14 showcased a flawless collection translating exquisite historical techniques of 18th century cross-stitch, embroidery and appliqué. Sumptuous fabrics such as velvet were reworked with this traditional surface pattern. Brogues were given a stitch overhaul, along with contemporary sweatshirts that were printed with still life imagery from a by gone era.
High shine fabrics, paisley and baroque designs were key elements in Etro’s latest Autumn Winter collection. A high spec range of jackets, trousers and scarves were printed with subtle patterns reminiscent of historical regal robes. Smart, luxurious and contrasting; Etro’s deep and moody hues complimented the collection perfectly.
Looking further ahead into Spring Summer, Dries Van Noten displayed a pattern rich collection for 2014; cleverly exploring mix & match botanical garden motifs. Combining an array of historical style origins and influences, Dries Van Noten experimented with the juxtaposition of Asian pattern design with post-war nostalgic, retro prints.
Here at MFM, we love to embrace style and although this seasons prints are somewhat whimsical and eccentric if you will… it’s not a case of having to look like walking wallpaper in order to try out this trend. We’ve created 2 different looks for you to try…
Take Your Pick; It’s A Mixed Bag
Selecting one signature print can be a difficult decision especially with so many variations around to shop. If you get it just right, it’s a guarantee it will work wonders for your closet and instantly add a contemporary feel to any look.
This sweatshirt by McQ Alexander McQueen takes eccentric English chintz to a new level whilst Marcelo Burton’s snake imagery tee creates a modern urban edge. Topman’s monochrome snapback is the perfect transitional printed cap for this autumn. Cover up in this lavish floral inspired Chinese cloud print bomber by Vivienne Westwood. Catch the last rays of sunshine in Autumn in these Raf Simons printed cotton twill shorts. Hi-tops aren’t for the faint hearted and this Alexander McQueen pair completely nails the sneaker and floral trend, with some added comfort.
Smarten Up Like A Posie
After showing you a small selection of what this botanical trend has to offer in casuals, here are MFM we’ve adapted a small collection of signature pieces that will make you stand out for all of the right reasons.
Florals come in all shapes and sizes; you can’t go wrong with a classic PS by Paul Smith shirt, uber smart and digitally modern it’s a great statement piece. Alternatively with this Duchamp burgundy shirt, the bold interior is tucked away giving you the option to expose floral contrasting cuffs. This high luxe embroidered blazer from Dolce & Gabbana has such exquisite workmanship, a truly unique and original timeless piece. Gucci’s printed scarf is a high luxe piece that will easily smarten up any jacket or shirt.
For just a subtle hint of flower power for that business meeting, Paul Smith’s Bowfell socks are just the ticket. Marni’s dogtooth derby shoes offset this trend perfectly with intricate posey shaped cutwork detail.
Whether you wholly embrace this trend of anti-fashion or slowly ease your way to purchase just a hint of roses we’d love to know here at MFM! Unique prints can make or break an outfit overhaul so choose wisely, with florals adorned on countless styles of shirts to accessories, there really is something for everyone.