Tropical display on the catwalk

S/S 2016 is bursting with tropical beauties

The catwalk burst into bloom during the most prestigious of Fashion Weeks:  flower-covered vines, orchid motifs, Medinilla pink, trousers with palms, hot pink and Gloriosa-esque antennae and all the colours of Angiozanthos - “It’s Urban Jungle,” says Jeremy Scott, creative director at Moschino,“not Tarzan, but more like variations on the botanical. I no longer see flowers separately from plants - everything is related.”

tropical beauties

Lemon is the new pineapple 

The look is a follow-up to the digital enlargement of leaf veins, stems and flowers, that was all the rage in 2014 as a result of new digital textile printing techniques.  In 2014 the pineapple was everywhere as the trend plant. This year it’s mostly a mixture of roses (but with foliage and greenery in the patterns) and inspiration drawn from flowering plants. If we had to make a prediction, we’d say 2016 will be the year of the lemon: in terms of colour, shape and the associated plant with blossoms and fruit.  

It's a jungle out there! 

Exotic plants with flowers such as hibiscus, lemon and gardenia were represented at virtually all luxury label shows. Dolce & Gabbana in particular had obviously popped to the garden centre for some inspiration.  “You saw it last year at Givenchy, Cavalli and Antonio Marras,” says Domenico Dolce. “Palm leaves, exotic florals and colourful tropicals are hot. With us they are fairly recognisable, but you also see stylised versions. The fashion industry is far from finished with the botanical element.”

Tropical beauties
Tropical beauties