coming up roses

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In 1966, flower-power was blooming across the hippie world from Haight-Ashbury to the King's Road. In 1996, however, all the flowers seem to have relocated to New Bond Street and points chic. These clothes may feature the sort of thing that normally adorns comfy sofas or the walls of country cottages, but they're definitely not for wallflowers

Left: pale khaki floral tapestry kaftan, pounds 290, and matching high- waisted trousers, pounds 160, by Joe Casely-Hayford, available at Geese, Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester M2 (enquiries: 0161 839-9771). Backdrop wallpaper: Cyclamen "Rosa", pounds 21 per roll, at Designers Guild, 275-277 King's Road, London SW3 (enquiries: 0171 351 5775)

Right: lilac Chinese brocade coat, pounds 500, and matching skirt, pounds 155, by Paul Smith, available at Paul Smith Women, 40 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2; Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London SW1; Van Mildert, 21 Elvert Street, Durham (enquiries 0171 379 7133). Backdrop wallpaper: Ultramarine "Pushpa", pounds 21 per roll, at Designers Guild, as before

Below: silk georgette floral top, pounds 125, by Plein Sud, available at Whistles stores (enquiries: 0171 730 9819); Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London SW1; Kendals in House of Fraser, Deansgate, Manchester; Bryan Thomas, 88-95 Grafton Street, Dublin;

black wool hipster trousers, pounds 275, by Press & Bastyan, at Space NK, The Thomas Neal Shopping Centre, 41 Earlham Street, WC2 (enquiries: 0171 323 4821); black patent shoes with gold buckle, pounds 34.99, available at Ravel, 184-188 Oxford Street, W1, and branches nationwide (enquiries 0171 631 0224).

Backdrop wallpaper: Claret "Kalyani", pounds 20 per roll, at Designers Guild, as before Left: jacket, pounds 463, trousers, pounds 185, by Alexander McQueen, from Browns, South Molton Street, London W1; short-pile silver- grey peep-toe shoes, pounds 230, at Dolce & Gabbana, 175 Sloane Street, SW1 (enquiries 0171 235 0335). Backdrop wallpaper: Natural "Rosa", pounds 21 per roll, at Designers Guild, as before