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Peace, Love & Flower Power is the spring theme at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and it’s right on trend.

As the arboretum bursts into a breathtaking landscape of color, blossoms are also sprouting across spring sportswear, dresses and accessories.

Flowers evoke an optimistic, joyful spirit that’s hard to resist. This spring, they are boldly printed, delicately embroidered and woven in kaleidoscopic brights as well as soft, demure pastels. They bloom on handbags and jewelry, including three-dimensional posies that haven’t surfaced in fashion for decades.
 

Gucci Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear, Photo: Yannis Vlamos

Trend-setter Alessandro Michele created at floral extravaganza in his spring collection for Gucci. The madcap mix of Asian, Renaissance and Glitter Rock references budded with flowers from hat to toe, where a floral print lined shoe insoles.

No shrinking violets here. We’re talking eye-catching peonies, sunflowers and roses in vibrant color combos. And it’s not going away anytime soon – Michele embraced florals in his fall 2017 collection, too.

But spring, naturally, is where flowers are in full bloom.
 

Roberto Cavalli Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear, Photo: Yannis Vlamos

Roberto Cavalli mixed up floral prints in tiered gypsy dresses, and Michael Kors served them in flirty dresses and a vibrant trench. Look for floral appliqués on handbags and floral embroideries throughout hippie chic labels like Johnny Was.

Michael Kors, Tory Burch and Valentino Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
Photo L to R: Yannis Vlamos, Luca Tombolini, Umberto Fratini

Tory Burch put a contemporary spin on preppy with a pink and kelly green tulip print splashed across demure blouses, romantic dresses and kicky short frocks.

Not surprisingly, floral embroidered denim is back. Some women still have their hand-stitched editions from the Sixties and Seventies, but if you’re not one of them – or you don’t have time for craftwork – check out multiple styles of decorated jeans by Topshop and Citizens of Humanity at Nordstrom and at True Religion.
 

The Dallas Arboretum ​

It’s enough to make you want to see the real thing, and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is blazing with color at this very moment. Its annual Dallas Blooms festival boasts half a million tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and crocuses in the biggest tulip display west of Holland.

Don’t miss the vintage Volkswagen bus and beetle decked with thousands of pansies, violas and Asian mustard. Sixties nostalgia will also be in force during special events every weekend through April 9, including a fashion exhibit on March 18-19 and a “Peace Love Freedom Fest” March 25-26.

It’s hip, happening and simply groovy.

 

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