If there's one thing spring collections tend to feature, it's florals. Because despite the changing intricacies of color stories, graphics, and detailing that go in and out of style, the basic concept of flowers for spring and summer never dies. This New York Fashion Week, poppies peppered multiple collections, and other red florals followed close behind. Red peonies and poppies and roses and carnations, the sea of deep red florals seemed endless. Here are my favorite interpretations of the trend.
Oscar de la Renta
Peter Copping proved his worth as the late de la Renta's successor with this red flower filled collection. Apparently the carnation-like red florals were a nod to de la Renta himself, who used to wear a red carnation in his buttonhole more days than not. The entire collection was out of a breathtaking dream, and the silk flowers are dark and gorgeous with a Spanish feel.
Michael Kors is known for doing classic so well, so his embroidered flowers were an unexpected dream. His otherwise simple color palette and grounding features of black leather sandals and belts grounded the dreamy dresses and made them seem both ethereal and wearable.
Jason Wu went multicolor for the florals in his collection, but he also peppered some poppies into the mix. The watercolor effect is soft and feminine, but the streaky graphics and diagonal ruffles kept the dresses feeling clean and contemporary.
Anna Sui went to an urban and graphic place for her spring collection, with different looks in different bright color stories, red poppy being one of them. Her black and red rose and poppy mix was far from the delicate effect of other designers, feeling more beach-ready and bold with black outlines and urban-surfer silhouettes.
Lela Rose applied pinker poppies to her signature flirty and sweet springy dresses, but kept them a bit graphic to keep the collection from going saccharine. Of the mentioned designers, Rose brought poppies to the most garden party-ready place, but their oversized simplicity didn't feel overdone, especially when left simple to speak for themselves.