Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

One Dress to Rule Them All; How the Romantic Print Is a Perfect Staple for Autumn Wardrobes. in All Shapes and Colours

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

One Dress to Rule Them All; How the Romantic Print Is a Perfect Staple for Autumn Wardrobes. in All Shapes and Colours

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Byline: DAVID HAYES

THE moment French poppet Audrey Marney stepped on t he catwalk at Burberry Prorsum earlier this year in a deep red and plum print dress you could feel the front row twitch with anticipation. If there was ever a dress of the season, this was going to be it. In one fell swoop, Burberry designer Christopher Bailey's romantically ruffled, empire line dress in an offbeat William Morrisstyle print put the humble printed dress firmly at the top of this winter's must-have list.

Fast-forward a few months and said dress is now flying out of Burberry's flagship Knightsbridge store - even at [pounds sterling]1,695. Thankfully, the high street has been quick to run up more affordable alternatives, from Florence + Fred's Russian-inspired red floral-print jersey dress at Tesco for [pounds sterling]25, to Zara's silky blue-and-cream print empireline style at [pounds sterling]79. Add ballet pumps while the weather stays mild, or take a tip from the catwalk and pair with lace-up leather boots and a slouchy soft bag. When the chill sets in, even add a polo neck sweater and military-style jacket. Try it and I bet before long that you'll wonder how you ever lived without such an easy wardrobe staple.

Bloom in rouge: red floral dress, [pounds sterling]25, by Florence and Fred at Tesco (0800 505 555), patent Roxanne bag, [pounds sterling]595, at Mulberry (020 7491 3900), ballet pumps, [pounds sterling]15, by Tu at Sainsbury's (0800 686 262)

It's all coming up roses: rose-print silk dress, [pounds sterling]1,830, by Prada (020 7647 5000)

Layers of style: Audrey Marney in red tiered dress, [pounds sterling]1,695, plum jacket, [pounds sterling]725, thin scarf, [pounds sterling]80, and lace-up boots, [pounds sterling]550, all by Burberry Prorsum (07000 785676)

Silky smooth: blue-and-cream floral silk dress, [pounds sterling]79, at Zara (020 7534 9500), grey riding boots, [pounds sterling]175, at Reiss, (020 7473 9630) and soft leather bag, [pounds sterling]32, at Topshop (0845 121 4519)

Dead ringer: bell sleeved jersey dress, [pounds sterling]215 at Sportmax, 020 7518 8010, rivet saddle bag, [pounds sterling]515, by Luella from Liberty (020 7734 1234), rivet suede boots, [pounds sterling]495, at Prada as before

Camouflage couture: green/yellow print dress, [pounds sterling]325, at Betty Jackson (020 7589 7884) shrug cardigan, [pounds sterling]19, and bottle-green bag, [pounds sterling]79, both at Zara (020 7589 7884). …

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