Fendi and Dries Van Noten Show Giant Botanical Brooches for Fall 2014

One doesn't normally associate tropical floral arrangements with fall and winter dressing -- but you wouldn't guess that from what we've seen on the runway this season.
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One doesn't normally associate tropical floral arrangements with fall and winter dressing -- but you wouldn't guess that from what we've seen on the runway this season.
Photos: IMAXtree

Photos: IMAXtree

One doesn't normally associate tropical floral arrangements with fall and winter dressing -- but you wouldn't guess that from what we've seen on the runway this season.

In an amusing coincidence, both Fendi (in Milan) and Dries Van Noten (in Paris) showed cold weather looks topped off with a sort of flower brooch situation located on several of their models' left shoulder. The flowers weren't identical: Fendi's corsages were dainty, made of fresh-cut white orchids; those at Dries appeared to be tiger lilies that were, according to WWD, created from painted silk in deep pinks and oranges.

It's a retro, feminine look -- and one that also brings to mind those giant fake flowers Carrie Bradshaw wore on "Sex and the City." (Don't pretend you didn't buy one back in the day.) Plus, if you're in a pinch as far as accessories go, you can legit just stop by a flower shop and be on your merry way.

What do you think: Do these designers have the power to make an accessory generally reserved for prom dates and groomsmen mainstream? Or will the flowers-as-jewelry thing wilt under the weight of its own preciousness?