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Flowers aren’t just for spring anymore.  With all the fall trends comes the darker and moodier cousin of spring’s pretty pastel petals.  Orchids, pansies, roses, and even weeds make an appearance on pretty dresses, skirts, blouses, and even a classic pump this fall.  I adore fresh blooms, so this trend is a pleasant surprise!  Here are a few favorite blossoming looks…

Raquel Zimmermann in Givenchy

The August issue of Vogue showed some floral looks, including this floral meets sheer (another big trend) dress with floaty orchids.  A Louis Vuitton corset belt adds a little touch of naughty.  I loved this entire shoot by Steven Klein.

Givenchy shoe

Pansies and weeds on a pretty pump.  They grow together in some yards, so why not put them together on a shoe?

Givenchy fall 2011

I love this bright citron color for fall on the beautiful Natalia Vodianova.  The printed pencil skirt is my favorite part with a lady slipper orchid right in the middle.

Preen fall 2011

Preen fall 2011

Preen fall 2011

The entire Preen collection was fantastic.  The first half of the show featured printed looks that combined cubic, almost 3D shapes blended with a pansy here and there.  I loved the modernity of all the looks.

Giambattista Valli fall 2011

A great black one-shoulder look at Giambattista Valli gets a jolt from yellow blooms.

Miu Miu fall 2011

Miu Miu fall 2011

The 1940’s vibe felt at Miu Miu came especially from the dresses, some of which had lovely sprigs of flowers like Lily of the Valley on them.  Sparkly Wizard of Oz-like shoes and embroidery on some of the looks was a nice treat.

Raquel Zimmermann in Lanvin

Lanvin fall 2011

Lanvin fall 2011

Alber Elbaz had a different take on flowers for fall at Lanvin.  The rose was the chosen flower and was conceived in a colorless palette on dresses fully printed, and one with an over-sized bloom (above).  The black, white and grey combination reminds me slightly of a newspaper.

Raquel Zimmermann in Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou knows drama, and a peplum like the one above certainly adds it to a pretty printed blouse and skirt.  She uses prints like no one else in fashion with her surrealist and painting-like patterns.

Mary Katrantzou fall 2011

Mary Katrantzou fall 2011

Mary Katrantzou fall 2011

A head-to-toe look right off Katrantzou’s runway might not be for everyone, but there were certainly plenty of amazing separates and dresses to covet and add to your closet.

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