Trends

Unflower Power

Designers reveal a chic twist to spring with abstract floral patterns on the runway.
Designers reveal a chic twist to spring with abstract floral patterns on the runway.

Tragedy strikes again. You walk into (what you thought) was your favorite store and BAM, it looks like a garden just exploded.  Spring has sprung.

You roll your eyes. Something is in style, but you really wish it wasn’t. The struggle is absolutely real: being a fashion-lover, wanting to stay on trend, but hating the latest craze.  This heartbreak will undoubtedly occur lots over our lifetime.

So what do we do? Do we give in and wear something against our fashion personalities just to stay trendy?

Exotic floral patterns spattered fashion week runways this year, and edgy chicks’ souls died a little inside. Why does this keep happening?  If I see one more spring/summer trend report with the words “frilly,” “feminine,” or “flower power” (*gag*)…I’m going to need a time machine ASAP to fast forward to next fall.

Luckily, there are some saviors in the fashion world who understand that girly, flower-covered blouses just aren’t for everyone. We must stay strong, follow their lead, and join the quest to find trendy pieces that still mesh with our wardrobe’s personality.

Jason Wu, Calvin Klein, Burberry, and Gabriel Cadena have come to the rescue by bringing abstract floral patterns to the runway, a much subtler approach to the trend. Abstract floral prints are still consistent with the flower theme, but bring an edgy and psychedelic twist.  Look out for this kaleidoscopic trend in darker colors to tone down the femininity.

Another way to stay trendy and true to yourself is by weakening a girlish piece with edgy accessories. Special thanks to Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Chanel, and Givenchy, who all unveiled “industrial revolution” jewelry during fashion week.

These pieces featured thick chains, metal shapes, buckles, and hardware to add a post-modern architectural feel to any outfit. So I guess we can give in to this girly, floral trend as long as we can defeminize it with some burnished silver.

Designers reveal a chic twist to spring with abstract floral patterns on the runway.
Designers reveal a chic twist to spring with abstract floral patterns on the runway.

Flowery prints on heavier materials like leather and suede as opposed to delicate chiffons and silks is also a sneaky trick to add your own style to the trend. Using more masculine fabrics will create a sharper look rather than a dainty one.

Both Coach and Gucci applied this tactic, unveiling floral printed biker jackets and flowered leather high-top sneakers on the 2016 Spring/Summer runway.

So, to all the non-girly girls out there dreading the garden explosions in stores this spring: fear not. Designers in the fashion industry have our backs.  You now have the tools to stay trendy, stay chic, and stay you.

Marissa Peltz, '17

Mediocre joke-teller, friends enthusiast, Chipotle lover. Talents include: touching every dog that passes me, offering sarcastic comments in awkward situations, and using instagram filters to disguise the fact that I'm pale as a ghost.