Tuesday, 1 October 2013

It’s All in the Print – Flirty Florals from French Connection

Floral prints are a big deal this autumn winter, although they can be quite difficult – we don’t normally consider the cold months to be the time of blossoming prints and blossoming they are – everywhere including at French Connection.  Some or those around right now are beautifully subdued on deep backgrounds and will work whatever the season, others just a bit too bright. 
French Connection Floral Jersey DressHedgerow Blossom Tunic DressFit and Flare Floral Crochet Dress

The best prints are darkly romantic or pretty, flirty and painterly and French Connection has gone for the latter, with subtle colours overlaying fitted, fit and flare or tunic shapes. 

French Connection Bloomsbury DressWoodland Confetti DressDaisy Chain Lace Shift Dress  
Prints are difficult at the best of times, they can swamp you with too much colour or when the prints are too large, so that they virtually walk into the room in front of you, they can be, quite frankly, naf, frumpy, old fashioned and/or generally unattractive or all four at the same time and these seem to abound whatever the season.  Then end up on the sale rails.  I always wonder who chooses those out of the zillions of prints available at print selection time – although having gone through that process I know that you can be befuddled by the amount of choice.

Having had my eye caught by the dress on the top left on a recent trip out I can only tell you that it’s flattering, figure hugging but with a lot of stretch, and with dark panels down the side to create an extra illusion of slimness……and it is split at the front seam.  What more could a girl ask for.