Pre-Fall's Moody New Florals

Though they're often categorized as strictly "spring only," florals played a prominent role in this season's pre-fall and fall collection

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Gucci/Thakoon Addition
Alice & Olivia
Though they're often categorized as strictly "spring only," florals played a prominent role in this season's pre-fall and fall collections. At Alice & Olivia, classic flowery motifs were rendered onto fluttery maxi dresses—this one in a dramatic shade of scarlet.
Even DKNY—typically known for its more minimal fare—embraced fall florals this season, adding splashes of flowery pink patterns onto lean sheath dresses and separates.
Elie Tahari
Experimental, digitized florals made appearances in Elie Tahari's pre-fall lookbook, here shown on a slim collared shirtdress.
At Erdem, punchy florals felt flirty and fun but still "fall ready" rendered in autumnal shades of burnt orange.
Likewise, Gucci's explosive flower patterns felt plenty bold for summer, but subdued shades of taupe and pink make this look more approachable for cold-weather dressing.
The juxtaposition of prissy green and yellow florals against a bushy fur stole embodies Marni's quirky sense of granny chic.
Rachel Zoe
Complete with a thigh-high skirt slit and smart jacket, this fluttery floral dress and magenta dinner blazer by Rachel Zoe is the epitome of the stylist's sophisticated-yet-effortless tastes.
Peter Som
On the funkier end of the floral spectrum, Peter Som tried an uncharacteristically "groovy" floral pattern on this wide-leg suit, which features contrasting black racing stripes down the pant legs.
Matthew Williamson
Similarly, Matthew Williamson seemed nostalgic for the '70s with this retro floral-print jumpsuit in turquoise and violet.
Thakoon Addition
While Thakoon's main collection becomes increasingly minimal, the designer's lower-priced companion collection, Thakoon Addition, was as fresh and playful as ever for pre-fall with mismatched pink florals and swishy skirts.
This smart column dress by Tibi balances a sleek, modern sleeveless silhouette (with a pink-banded drop waist) against a lively and intensely colorful floral print.
Tracy Reese
Walking the line between all-out summer and pre-fall transition, this red floral sundress from Tracy Reese is as versatile as it is playful.
Giambattista Valli
For work events or last-minute parties, nothing trumps a universally flattering V-neck dress in a lively floral like this silky number from Giambattista Valli.
Jason Wu
You're certain to see Jason Wu's regal v-neck gown in a shimmery midnight floral walk down the red carpet at some glitzy event this fall. After all, what celeb could resist that sapphire blue hue?
Zac Posen
Zac Posen seemed to reinvent Dior's classic "New Look" with pre-fall's sculpted cocktail dresses with nipped-in waists and elaborate floral embroideries.
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