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Friday find: Dolce & Gabbana botanicals

dolce & gabbana tropical print with silk shirt

Take a break from garden party florals and try your hand at something far more daring this summer – Martinique banana leaf.

Highlighted in key resort collections across the fashion landscape, new-age tropical prints are the ideal antidote to staycation ennui. Inspired by Don Loper’s iconic printed wallpaper that decorated the walls of the swish Beverly Hills Hotel in 1942, Dolce & Gabbana injected an organic element into their latest collection, showcasing the strong perennial print with a nostalgic refinement. A welcomed variation on their strong ‘bella’ aesthetics, what started as a creative catwalk coup d’état has now made the rapid transition into fashion’s latest fandom print.

Kick started by Alessandro Michele and his take on interior dressing for Gucci’s fall collection, wallpaper décor is in high demand as the style tribe demand more conceptual cross-over designs. From vintage maps to Chinois illustration, this year has seen a fresh influx of covetable separates and a unique focus on template silhouettes – replacing urban minimalism with reproduction whimsy.

Luckily, you don’t need to be a tree hugger to fully embrace this season’s botanical backlash. Perfectly suited to style of all ages, Dolce & Gabbana’s take on the tuxedo trouser is the only tropical talking piece you’ll need this season.

Bringing island vibes to the gritty inner city, polished chic and hang-ten cool are offset with a busy clash of vibrant prints and contemporary shirting. Worn with some serious style swagger, these smart/casual banana leaf trousers from Dolce & Gabbana are a striking statement piece packed with retro allure. A flattering high-waisted silhouette with sharp tailoring, these rainforest green trousers are the ideal candidate to pair with our rich Bettie button-up in Pinup Queen Green.

Perfectly suited to the balmy concrete jungle, this light silk shirt with rolled short sleeves looks oh-so-elegant when tucked nonchalantly into the hem of these maximalist pants.

Worn with VIP accessories that prove your sartorial sensibilities are right on point, little hints of gold add a touch of red carpet cool to this destination look. Worn with these sexy summer three-strap stilettos and matching palm leaf earrings, this must-have motif is given bold yet identifiable style cues that can be swapped for a laid back espadrille when needs must. Given the finishing touch with this virgin raffia structured clutch with detail stone clasp closure, this tropical retreat outfit is a bold celebration of flamboyant foliage!

Pictured: VAUGHAN Bettie shirt in Pin Up Queen Green, Dolce & Gabbana high waist trousers, Betty Balaba earrings, Kayu clutch, Giuseppe Zannoti sandals

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