Natural Selection

Throw out your synthetic fibres – fashion is going all natural in time for spring. The SS11 collections were an ode to Mother Nature, with rustic ropes and tassels, fringe and feathers, and a forest of prints pinched from the natural world all major trends.

King of the natural Kingdom was Alexander McQueen, with a wild collection of feather, fringing, and leaves dripping from dresses like Poison Ivy.

Elsewhere, Erdem, and House of Holland created a hothouse of tropical outfits, from palm fringed skirts to blossoming blouses, and Prada and Stella McCartney emblazoned clothes with bananas and citrus fruits.

So why the biology lesson from our favourite designers? Perhaps it was the return of all things seventies this season – when hippies led the way with hemp, crafting clothes from crochet and macramé. Or maybe as spring has (nearly) sprung, designers want to dress us in flora and fauna.

But how to dress ‘natural’ without looking like a lost Love Child? The key is to go wild with your accessories – our favourite natural touches on the runway. Marc Jacobs sent seventies style models down the catwalk wearing flowers in their hair, we spotted adorable bug jewelry on the Lanvin girls, and the butterfly adorned shoes at McQueen were to die for.

On Boticca, our up and coming designers are hot on the trend too – with wonderfully wild accessories inspired by all parts of the natural world. But which will complement your everyday look?  Read on and find out your style species:


Never one to play it safe, Forest girls love a bit of fantasy with their fashion, playing dress up in a series of dreamy looks.  A lover of layers and floaty fabrics, you work the hippie chic look to perfection, with vintage dresses and jackets, chunky boots, earthy tones, and bundles of quirky jewelry. Your new season must-haves are long seventies dresses and floppy hats, and you LOVE all the crochet on the catwalk.

Forest girls love whimsical jewelry – so go for pieces inspired by woodland creatures. We love this magical unicorn ring from Leila Kashanipour, and adorable Owl ring from Julia Failey, perfect for stacking on your fingers. When night falls, opt for boho glamour with an acorn pendant in 24k gold, or some exquisite gold earrings made from a real branch and leaves! Scarves are a great accessory for Spring – weave this Titania twill scarf in your hair, or knot around your neck – the print of a fantasy woodland scene is truly unique!


A real English rose, Garden girls are prim and proper, and dress with a girly twist. You love floral patterns, pastels and tea-dresses – but aren’t afraid of a punchy print to liven up your look! Make sure your outfit blooms with a Rose necklace from Alicia Marylin Designs, or an Olivia Rose Ring.  Or create a buzz with insect inspired jewelry – like these cute bee earrings, and Gold Filigree Butterfly studs. But it’s not all girly and sweet – Butterfly inspired accessories like this unique headpiece by Lydia will add a touch of the avant-garde to your look.


One for the rock chicks among you, if you have an edgy look then pick pieces inspired by the darker side of the natural world. An etched crow inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Bird’s’ and a baby bird skull pendant will add a gothic twist to any outfit. For something more subtle, we love this elegant silver necklace and Gingko ring – both cast from actual plants. And bad girls will adore this Aphrodite Snake bangle.


Bit of a beach babe, or always jetting off somewhere exotic? Then these aquatic accessories were made for your laid-back, summery style. For daytime, we love this Seahorse pendant, but once night falls, add a dash of glamour with this Deep in the Ocean bracelet and Reef Earrings. Our favourite sea-inspired piece? This unusual Jellyfish Ring by Arata Fuchi – it wiggles just like a jellyfish!

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