With spring on the way, summer can’t be far behind. And although the floral trend is a constant favourite in fashion and design, it’s at this time of year especially that everything starts coming up roses!
There are few things more quintessentially British than the rose. Our love affair with this opulent, elegant and fragranced beauty is centuries-old. Not only are roses found growing in gardens right across the country, but their inspiration turns up everywhere, from fashion and fragrance to interior design and even food. Here we look at some of the ways you can enjoy this timeless and well-loved flower.
Florals to wear
Floral prints are always a huge fashion trend for the spring/summer season, and the rose is one of the classic and most-loved designs. This year is no exception. Designers such as Anna Sui, Victoria Beckham and Gucci featured bold rose prints on the catwalks, and the floral trend has filtered down into the high street and more affordable mid-range brands such as British fashion companies David Nieper and Boden too. For a timeless classic, look no further than Liberty’s gorgeous retro-inspired rose prints, not just in pretty dresses and traditional shirts but in collaborations with Nike trainers and Barbour jackets for a more contemporary twist.
Decorate your home
Rose prints aren’t just for clothing. Shower curtains, tablecloths, napkins – even just the printed fabric possibilities are endless! Cath Kidston’s nostalgic vintage roses are found on a whole range of fabrics and household items, from kitchenware to wallpaper. Or keep the theme very simple with gorgeously fragrant cut roses spilling out of an elegant vase or a pretty bowl filled with rose-petal pot pourri that will deliciously scent your home.
Roses for beauty
Roses have been used in skincare and perfumes for centuries thanks to their excellent beauty and health benefits. As well as smelling divine, rose water and rose essential oils are beautifully moisturising and nourishing for the skin. Top skincare brands such as REN, By Terry and Dr Hauschka all have rose-infused products that will keep you looking and smelling like a real English Rose. There are literally hundreds of rose-inspired fragrances, and favourites such as Paul Smith Rose, Jo Malone’s Red Roses, and Tom Ford’s Cafe Rose give a fresh, modern spin on the theme.
In the kitchen
Roses are great for your outer self, but they also have wonderful health benefits too. Tea made from rose petals or rosehips is rich in natural antioxidants and packed with vitamin C. Black or green tea scented with fragrant rosebuds or petals has a light, delicate flavour that can be enjoyed with afternoon tea or just as a refreshing drink after a busy day. Fresh rose petals can be used to flavour jams, syrups or homemade ice cream, or crystallised for cake decoration.