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“Florals for spring…

…how ground breaking…”   

                             — Miranda Priestly, Devil Wears Prada.

Well, it’s spring again, and the stores are bursting with floral prints. It seems every spring we are faced with the same offerings.

rula-sibai-pink-flowersThere are ways to give florals a modern update, while still celebrating the warmth of spring. Colours, textures and other prints can each give florals an update.

If your wardrobe is bursting with florals, here are some ideas to consider:

 

 

Floral and stripe  stripe top floral skirt

This combination, right, works because it is anchored by the navy in both the striped top and floral skirt. Also, prints mix well when the scale of one is larger than the other.

floral stripe shirtIn this cute top, left, the floral print is a larger scale than the stripes.

 

 

 

Floral and Polka Dots

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Another fresh combination, left, is a great floral print and classic polka dots (left).

In this print combination, you can see the fabulous effect scale has. Mottled floral pattern in the background, with a large dot print.

 

 

And, if florals are not for you at all, try mixing dots and stripes (below) – very fresh for spring!carolina herrera dots

I hope this gives you some inspiration to liven up your own floral prints for spring!

 

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Designer Lennard Taylor impresses

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Designer-artist Lennard Taylor works his magic for the PARK Show crowd

On March 4th, I attended the PARK Fashion Show in Edmonton. Featured were seven designers – most from Edmonton – all Canadian, showing innovative and forward looking design. A show favourite was Lennard Taylor, a Winnipeg designer and artist who combines his extraordinary talents to make one-of-a-kind pieces.

At the start of his show, he brought out a drop cloth, and a model, wearing Taylor’s signature “Brenda” swing shirt, stood while Taylor created a hand-painted design for the crowd.

While Taylor painted, models wearing the other pieces in his line walked the runway. At the end of his collection, he finished his hand-painted design and the model strutted to thundering applause.

It was a combination of fashion show and art installation.

And it was brilliant.

I spoke to Taylor after the show and he related how he brings an artist’s eye to his clothing line. He also believes strongly in quality and durability. For his hand-painted pieces, which can fade with washes over time,he says customers can send the pieces back to him and he’ll touch them up.

The line is beautifully made and finished. Quality fabrics, tailoring and details mean the customer  can enjoy her purchases for years.

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The finished piece on the runway

See the collection www.lennardtaylor.com