Inside the July/August issue of Vogue Arabia, the fashion desk celebrates the long-standing summer go-to trend: florals in full bloom. Splashed across premium loafers, luxe handbags, and natty key pieces, the designer collections interpret nature’s prettiest botanics for the high summer season on canvas, leather, and silk.
As seen in the Spring 2017 collections at Dolce & Gabanna, Gucci, Anatomi, Toby by Hatem Alakeel, Elie Saab, and Anaya, the look is decidedly feminine but bold. Think graphic prints and decorated buttons, buckles, and fastenings: it’s all in the detail. The intricate beading on floor-sweeping dresses has made its way onto the staple accessories you need now. Here the fashion desk highlights five easy ways to update your style and elevate evening looks without overhauling your entire closet:
#1: The Headband
Gucci, Floral Snake Headband, AED/SAR 1150; US $ 313.
The Look: Rev up flowing dresses or longline kaftans and jeans combos with a clever headband that is both on-point, and serves to solve your hairstyle dilemmas in one swoop.
#2: The Mules
Alberta Ferretti, Embroidered Denim Mules, AED/SAR 870; US $ 236.
The Look: Practical for high heat and versatile enough to be worn with abayas, to relax a tailored suit, or add edge to a ruffled dress, mules are the trending shoe of high summer 2017. Get on it.
#3: The Waist-Belt
Prada, Embellished Waist-Belt, AED/SAR 4457; US $ 1213.
The Look: If you don’t usually opt for soft, girly patterns or prints, transform the silhouette of almost any dress with a rose-embellished, waist-belt that taps into the Prada runway look but doesn’t dominate your sartorial signature.
#4: The Statement Scarf
Alexander McQueen, Jewelled Skill Scarf, AED/SAR 1241; US $ 331.
The Look: A quick-fire way to enter into a trend is to add a cool scarf to your outfit. Be it worn as a headscarf, as a beach cover-up, draped around your neck, or twisted into an unexpected belt, this silk addition has serious style mileage. The rules are that there are no rules. Play dress up.
#5: The Gilt Floral Bag
Fendi, Kan I Embossed Bug Shoulder Bag, AED/SAR 20403; US $ 5440.
The Look: Nail two trends in one with a metallic, floral bag that will amplify all-black outfits and prove to be a go-to for after-hours events.
All key pieces above are available online for delivery across the Middle East from Net-a-Porter, FarFetch, Ounass, The Modist, and Browns Fashion.