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Petal Perfection

There is something about flowers. I know they are synonymous with Spring; but I am happy {more than happy – ecstatic even} to wear them all year round. Four seasons of flowers = sign me up.

Flowers do have power. While seemingly these pretty petals are girly and fragile, there is something about a beautiful floral print that could quite literally stop you in your tracks.  Why you may ask? Florals are a print classic. They join the likes of a Benetton stripe or a spot in the category of timeless perfection. So when a floral print is done well – with charisma, with charm, with elegance – it can be an extraordinary moment.

Florals can be bold and enchanting; moody and romantic; light and airy – the myriad of prints available can be matched to your every mood and manner. There is a petal for every personal taste. A bloom for every occasion.

So think freshly cut flowers. Think Carrie Bradshaw’s beautiful blossom brooch. Think the secret garden. Be inspired by the new and invigorating ways designers interpreted florals for the upcoming season. Their green thumbs growing a garden of botanical delights…

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The Darling Buds Of Spring

A Modern Floral Romance

While florals may be a perennial trend for Spring, designers have revisited these beautiful blooms with intricate intensity and darkly seductive grown-up allure.

Petals can pack a punch. From oversized buds to mismatched florals, the Spring / Summer 2012 runways offered a delightful ‘bunch’ of unexpected prints and textures.

Mismatched floral prints screamed of offbeat beauty at Mary Katrantzou; while at Christopher Kane flowery organza shift dresses and coats were the epitome of feminine chic.

However, for a darker romanticism, floral prints went monochromatic at Valentino, Dries Van Noten and Alexander Wang. While subtler then their colourful counter parts, these prints had a haunting beauty.

Valentino’s black evening gowns with intricate hand-painted floral prints and velvet flower appliqués were bewitchingly beautiful. Falling just above the ankle, the evening gowns had a dark folkloric feeling. Of this collection, Pier Paolo Piccioli said: “Fashion is a dream, and in this moment we need dreams.”

This year’s blossoms are truly brilliant…

Will you be ‘blooming beautiful’ in florals for Spring? xx

Photos from style.com

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Fashion Inspired By Art

For Spring / Summer 2012, fashion takes a masterclass from the world of art.

The Spring / Summer 2012 collections were ablaze with artistic references. At Rodarte, Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ and ‘Starry Night’ were exquisitely printed onto 50’s inspired dresses, creating breathtakingly beautiful & quite simply stunning result.

Giles Deacon drew inspiration from Andy Warhol’s ‘Silver Clouds’. Raf Simons equally created an extraordinary fashion-art moment when he turned to Picasso ceramics for a modernist take on knitwear at Jil Sander.

Sculptors were also a great reference of inspiration. At Burberry, Christopher Bailey found inspiration in the work of sculptor Henry Moore. While Mary Katrantzou explored the work of John Chamberlain’s crushed-car sculptures. Aluminium cans substituted for car parts in her beautiful abstract creations. Minimalist sculptor, Richard Serra’s metal structures were the starting point for Nicole and Michael Colovos first runway collection for Helmut Lang.

Meanwhile, Dries Van Noten collaborated with photographer James Reeve, using imagery from his Lightscapes series.

I believe fashion is an art form – especially in the case of Haute Couture. Do you see Fashion as an art form all it’s own? I would love to hear your thoughts. xx

 

Photos from fashion.telegraph.co.uk

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