Shopping: Fashion Throws a Garden Party

Carol Tisch shops florals.

By Carol Tisch October 31, 2014

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From the runways of New York and Paris to the trendiest furniture houses of Italy, Sarasota stores are immersed in fall’s voluptuous floral vibe. Think bold, oversize, hothouse blooms—anemones, ranunculus, hibiscus—and artful prints inspired by Van Gogh and Warhol. Flowers are fashion’s perennial muse, but never as inspired—or invasive—as this season’s groundbreaking crop.

Inspired by 17th- and 18th-century botanical prints, the newest dinnerware from Juliska (above) is called Field of Flowers, and the microwave-safe stoneware heats up the table with vibrant blooms. ($34.95-$147.95). Dinnerware Depot, 418 Interstate Court, Sarasota, (941) 342-8242.

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Classic and casual in silhouette, the Cody tunic dress gets a fashion makeover in a bold flower print called West Pond ($225), made from J. McLaughlin’s wash-and-wear Catalina Cloth for cool, crisp comfort in humid climates. J. McLaughlin, 1503 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 706-3587.

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Master couture jeweler Rodney Rayner of Surrey, England, creates dazzling flower rings of 18K rose or white gold with exquisitely colored sapphires, amethysts, tsavorites and diamonds. From $7,160 to $9,620 at Tilden Ross Jewelers, 410 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, (941) 388-3338.

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Fashion florals for men get a new Island Modern Fit styled with a trimmer silhouette through the shoulders and chest for a clean, contemporary look (Island Issue shirt, $98). Tommy Bahama, 371 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, (941) 388-2446; The Mall at University Town Center (

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Flower power hits the wall with super-sized scale in Flavor Paper’s eye-popping adaptations of Andy Warhol’s hibiscus flowers in hand-screen-printed neon-bright colors on a chrome ground (from $265 per 27-inch by 15-foot roll). Order at The Wallpaper Store, 7368 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 924-3640.

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The Au Chaud collection by Yves Delorme combines two of the design world’s hottest trends, deep blues and bold flower prints in printed sateen, 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton bed linens (duvet cover,$525 in full/queen). Order at Mélange Home, 64 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 444-7969.

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Make a flirty and garden-fresh entrance at the office or gala with romantic Licorice floral print leather pumps from Kate Spade New York with flattering pointed toe and low-dipped vamp ($328). Saks Fifth Avenue, 120 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, (941) 364-5300.

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Celebrity designer Patricia Urquoia lets her imagination run wild with three-dimensional flower petals adorning her Antibodi collection armchairs and chaise lounges for Moroso (from $6,070-$8,650). Home Resource, 741 Central Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-6690.

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