Silk flowers are still a headline accessory - in particular, huge blowsy silk rose corsages la Carrie in 'Sex and the City'. Corsages can be worn as buttonholes, tied with satin ribbons round the wrist, tucked into waistbands or worn as hair accessories. In Scotland, a favourite buttonhole is thistles tied with silk tartan ribbons.

Corsages looked wonderful at Royal Ascot year and they continued to be seen at weddings and other special occasions throughout the Summer calendar. Not satisfied with that, designers are determined that silk and velvet flowers will continue into Winter. They will be seen pinned to felt hats, worn as chokers for evening wear and attached to the hip on simple knitted dresses (Missoni). The constant theme is that they've got to make a statement and that means they've got to be BIG.

At the other extreme, tiny satin ribbon roses are always in fashion for weddings and bridal wear, and thousand upon thousand are used to decorate wedding and bridesmaids' dresses every year. If you look at them closely, you'll see that they are all stitched by hand. Can you imagine the work involved in producing so many. They come from China, which explains why they are so inexpensive for the work involved. But this could change as China's economy grows. Satin ribbon roses could end up as exclusive luxury items !