Trend Watch: Wild Florals Straight Off the Spring Runways

Florals aren't uncommon in the spring, but explosive colors, high-tech treatments and mismatched patterns set this season apart.

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It may not be surprising that florals were such a ubiquitous theme on the spring runways, but what was striking was the range of their renderings, from bold tropical motifs at Alice & Olivia (shown above) to the edgy gray and black prints at Alexander Wang.
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Christopher Kane showed off innovative technical skill with these unusual, pressed-flower pieces, which featured floral appliques inlaid into the fabric itself.
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For Erdem, florals aren't so much a trend but an entire brand identity. We loved their ladylike Chinoiserie spring prints, which were finished with a soft, silvery sheen.
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With a slit skirt and belted waist, Prada's embroidered poppy coats are certain to become one of the season's most covetable pieces.
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We predict that silky, floral printed button-downs like this one at Chloe will be essential wardrobe purchases this season.
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Valentino's ultra-embellished and faintly Victorian inspired spring dresses were executed with a range of delicate florals and lace patterns.
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Proenza's bold spring florals were some of our favorites of the season, in particular this long-sleeved dress with a wrap-around skirt.
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Mary Katrantzou's eccentric technicolor florals were some of the most memorable of the season. Here, a cleverly color-block jumpsuit is composed of contrasting flower prints.
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Richard Chai rarely goes for a traditionally feminine print, but he hit the nail on the head with coral and violet florals (accented by icy blue lips).
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Rebecca Taylor always manages to create sundresses that feel perfectly feminine but never prissy. Here, a scattered floral motif against black silk.
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The floral suit seems to be gaining momentum each season, and Adam Lippes' slouchy take on the look felt hip and just a tad retro.
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We definitely don't associate florals with Alexander Wang, but the young designer brought his signature "edge" factor to the trend by rendering it entirely in black-and-white, giving the look an almost camouflage effect.
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Altuzarra's bright, tropical florals had an "Island Paradise" appeal, but still felt clean and modern.
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Rodarte's painterly floral motifs had a luxe gilded look, rom the shimmery gold accents to the rich, contrasting navy.
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Nanette Lepore's neon florals called to mind Christopher Kane's memorable punk-lace collection, but that doesn't mean we're tired of this decidedly cheerful look.
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