By Alexandra DeRosa
Updated Sep 29, 2014 @ 1:15 pm
Credit: ImaxTree

Like the most enchanting fairy tales, these nature-inspired looks have a bit of a dark side. Strewn with ethereal flowers, woodland motifs, and a flurry of delicate winged creatures, these fanciful pieces conjure images of a magical realm. Thankfully, they exist to be worn farther than the bottom of the garden.

How to wear them: For a day look, pick either a top or a bottom and mix it with neutrals. In the evening, opt for maximum impact with a dramatic dress or coat. Birds, blossoms, and butterflies can skew a tad youthful, so look for graphic or surreal patterns set against moody colors, such as black or moss green. Not ready to venture into the woods? Take a walk in the park with some whimsical extras like a peacock-feather clutch or a bug brooch.

Runway photos (at top, from left): Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, Erdem.