The Clash Of The Florals

16th February 2011

Benetton Collage

Welcome to my wardrobe experiment, as explained in previous post I wanted to explore the mix of florals and paisley prints together to create individual-styled looks using key floral pieces from Benetton’s ss11 collection, inspired by their ad campaign featuring floral prints per se.

I spent the entire sunny unvalentine-d weekend playing dress up layering, twisting, throwing and mashing things together tirelessly. And here they are, with 5 looks slap bang on a collage board to give the feel of clashy-boho, fresh village-girl look, would I wear it?  If my monthly disposable income allows me to then YES I would.  Most of the head pieces were from from a belt tie, a skirt twisted to form a bandana and bizarrely a bag worn as a hat seen on look 3.

I have taken some still life shots of the pieces (below) from each look, so you would get the idea and to save confusion seeing that all the prints have morphed together into a camouflage.

Let me know your thoughts.

Thank you Benetton for lending me the pieces for my mini floral print experiment.


Look 1
Outfit: Beige/pink and brown floral shirt with tie waist, cream a-line skirt with purple floral.
Accessories: Blue and cream floral a-line skirt worn as bandana (I know), Yellow/grey silk material strap bag.


Look 2
Outfit: Floral print long sleeve shirt with elasticated band, over with blue/white floral print short sleeve shirt with floral frill detail, skirt from look 1.
Accessories: Shirt from look 1 twisted and worn as neck piece, blue/pink and purple floral tie belt worn as neck piece.


Look 3
Outfit: Shirt from look 2, grey/beige and brown floral pleated maxi dress.
Accessories: Grey pashmina with purple flowers worn as sash, bag from look 1 worn as hat.


Look 4
Outfit: Short sleeve shirt from look 1, long sleeve shirt from look 2, beige floral raw edge tunic dress.
Accessories: Pashmina from look 3 worn as belt, tie belt from look 2 worn round the head.


Look 5
Outfit: Short sleeve shirt from look 2, sleeveless top with dark pink flowers and pearl buttons, skirt from look 1.
Accessory: tie belt from look 2 worn round the head.

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  • Reply Castle In The Candy Floss Sky 16th February 2011 at 15:58

    Kit this is amazing project, loved how you combined prints in a mish-mash way. I love all the looks.

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  • Reply Amber Chan 16th February 2011 at 16:49

    I like look 1, 4 and 5 oh I love all of them.
    Great project.

  • Reply Shortie 16th February 2011 at 17:14

    Amazing work.

  • Reply Winnie 16th February 2011 at 17:31

    Oooh I love the collage- LOVE you in pink lippy!

    Also yes I am only briefly popping down on Friday. Will be backstage at Sass & Bide and at the show for Jasper Garvida. You hitting any of those? Hope I catch you!


    • Reply Kit @ Style Slicker 16th February 2011 at 17:38

      @Winnie – I’ll be backstage at Jasper Garvida’s and watching the show….will see you there ;P

  • Reply Jinna 16th February 2011 at 17:34

    SERIOUSLY, kit?!
    OH MY GOD!!
    It’s sooooo hard to mix prints and look fabulous, and you have got it down to a tee! This is amazing! I’m so inspired 🙂 You look so young, funky and chic – I’m scared if I sport florals I’ll look like my grandmother’s curtains.

    Love it can’t wait to see more 🙂


    • Reply Kit @ Style Slicker 16th February 2011 at 17:51

      @Jinna – Young? I’m 28 in the picture hahaha I’m not getting any younger despite that I still get id-ed Lol.

  • Reply Diana 16th February 2011 at 17:45

    Very inspirational, loved how you used the bag as a hat…very cleaver idea.

  • Reply Carl 16th February 2011 at 17:46

    Love your mix of styling, great choices.

  • Reply Purple Chiffon 16th February 2011 at 17:48

    Wow is this a collaboration project with Benetton? You’re so cool.

  • Reply Bee 16th February 2011 at 20:48

    Incredibly well put together.

  • Reply Tsuki 16th February 2011 at 20:52

    A fabulous experiment with floral prints, love how you did the still life in an articulate way….nice.

  • Reply KPT 16th February 2011 at 20:52

    Beautifully photographed. x

  • Reply Moi 16th February 2011 at 21:04

    Clashing floral prints aren’t that bad it looks great on you.


  • Reply Josephine Loves Vintage 16th February 2011 at 21:05

    How wonderful of Benetton to lend you some of their pieces.
    Love the experimentation here.

  • Reply Francesca 16th February 2011 at 21:06

    ooooo lovely prints.

  • Reply Roz 16th February 2011 at 21:26

    I think that these mixed prints remind me of pictures from a Kenzo show? Beautifully airy and carefree – they make me wish for summer! I have a big love for vintage prints, which are often quite hard to mix, but then challenges can prove interesting too. That photo montage is lovely too.
    I noticed under your info you said you love raspberry macaroons – I only mention this because a friend brought some of those into school today, and it was the first time I’d had them! I think they definitely deserve to be on a list of favourite things.

    • Reply Kit @ Style Slicker 16th February 2011 at 21:55

      @Roz – Hey Roz, thank you for visiting I love your blog <3
      Yes the mixed prints does look similar to Kenzo's and Dries Van Noten's. Raspberry flavored macaroons is my favvvvvvvourite….they're delish aren't they?

  • Reply Jessica 16th February 2011 at 21:33

    Mixed prints are difficult to pull it off but you’ve done amazingly well. Benetton certainly does have great pieces this spring summer season.

  • Reply i am vogue 16th February 2011 at 22:29

    Wow the collage is crazy-beautiful, full of exploding flowers, the styling is very fresh and appealing.

    Absolutely adore your still life pics.

  • Reply Y Y 16th February 2011 at 22:30

    Interesting Benetton styling project.

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  • Reply the style crusader 17th February 2011 at 00:02

    You are a wild woman. This should be so wrong but somehow it is soooo right. The images are amazing Kit – I love the way you put together the collage. Seriously incredible and what an insightful look into Benettons’s collection. xx

  • Reply Yulia Muratovich 17th February 2011 at 00:25

    Floral prints is not my kind of style but you looked adorable in all pieces.

  • Reply Bethan 17th February 2011 at 00:46

    Not so keen, I prefer one piece floral and keep the rest print free. Sorry I don’t like it.

  • Reply Ng 17th February 2011 at 01:16

    Nice work ;P

  • Reply Hilda 17th February 2011 at 02:49

    My oh my.
    I agree with Roz, the looks are quite similar to Kenzo’s past/present collections.

  • Reply Shini 17th February 2011 at 03:02

    I tooooowtally love this. Personally I’m all for florals all over the place, only one with great confidence and skills can put this together and pull this off like you. Being safe and going for one floral is boring! Le amazing, you are Miss Kit.

    • Reply Kit @ Style Slicker 17th February 2011 at 03:49

      @Shini – Dude what time do you call this? Go to bed.
      Flower Power! x

  • Reply Fumiko 17th February 2011 at 09:06

    i love it

  • Reply leba 17th February 2011 at 14:27

    Love every bit.

  • Reply Dark Shadow 17th February 2011 at 17:01

    Finally something fresh and new that makes styling fun fun fun.

  • Reply jazzy elizabeth 17th February 2011 at 17:21

    love these! the colours are immense. x hivennn

  • Reply Harrietta 17th February 2011 at 20:50

    Fantastic site! x

  • Reply Matthew C. Kriner 17th February 2011 at 22:28

    very good stuff.

  • Reply Christina 17th February 2011 at 22:34

    Love the styling and photography.

  • Reply Ju 18th February 2011 at 01:23

    Nice blog, nice post 🙂

  • Reply Sam Grayson 18th February 2011 at 03:13

    I don’t usually comment but I enjoyed your blog a lot.

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  • Reply Eline 19th February 2011 at 16:17

    Nice project! 🙂
    I really like the first bag.

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