Floral feast

There's never a summer without floral print dresses _ be it just buds or branches of flowers in full bloom. In recent seasons, the fascination with flowers goes beyond seasonal limitations. In autumn/winter 2012, we witnessed a domineering trend of floral prints on black/navy backgrounds as well as a range of tapestries that involved floral designs.

Clutch from Anchavika, 9,680 baht, available at Anchavika, Soi Thong Lor 25 and on 2nd floor, Central Chidlom.

It's the tapestry motif that moves on to become an interesting early spring trend, albeit on a wide range of accessories with floral designs that feel much more organic and natural than the omnipresent flirty floral summer dresses. Floral prints are on fabrics that feel organic, such as canvas and cotton, with leather being used in trimming and functional components such as straps and handles, mostly in bright or sweet summer palettes.

New design sensation Rudimentary offers a collection of handbags in various shapes, from buckets to shopping totes and shoulder bags, with eye-catching floral/leopard prints. Issue also offers its own version of a geometric tote with a floral design, although the flowers-and-bugs motif is twisted with a modern touch and pastel colours that feel like a sweeter version of 1980s arcade graphics. New designer Anchavika gives floral design an edge in a clutch with a mixed leopard print, floral embroidery and studs. On the international circuit, you have Tory Burch, whose fascination with tribal and indigenous cultures is prominently pronounced in the latest spring/summer 2013 collection. Apart from tribal prints and several motifs in the mainline ready-to-wear, the accessories have gone natural and organic, with materials like straws and ropes used in a number of totes.

Tote bag from Issue, available at Issue, Siam Square Soi 3 and 1st floor, Siam Paragon.