Dolce & Gabbana
If you read last Friday’s post, you know we’re looking forward to some fall layering (in time!) so why not continue the trend and look at some fashionable frocks that made a big impression on the runway this spring. Pretty floral prints aren’t just for summer – these beautiful designs are a great way to make a botanical statement as the weather cools. The dress and coat above would put a smile on our faces even in the dead of winter and the printed shearling below looks so cozy, doesn’t it?
Geometric floral shapes gives this pastel coat a modern feel…
while an embroidered muff is a must for an opulent outfit.
Even darker shades get a lift from floral patterns…
so why not go floral from head to toe!
Photos: D & G, Burberry, Matthew Williamson, Tory, Dior and Valentino
Mary Katrantzou's Delightful Details
One of the cool things about having friends in the fashion industry (besides the free handbags which we get on occasion!) is learning about trends six months before the shows. And since our flowers are “couture for the home”, we always take into account what designers are buzzing about before we put a collection together. So while fall isn’t even on our doorstep, we’re looking at what spring 2012 has in store for us (at least according to Accessories magazine.)
Anya Hindmarch Clutch
Sweet Tart: the fresh face of royalty (yes, we mean you, Kate!) brings a modern twist to classics, and sassy accessories in candy-colored hues add a certain eccentric vibe to the mix.
Antonio Marras Scarf
Prairie Dust: a nature-lover with a Bohemian flair, this free-spirited galwears airy cottons and floral print chiffons and pairs them with hammered silver and stones from the earth.
Blydesign Liza Cuff
Classic Ease: an easy, breezy California style embodies this all-American girl next door and while she dresses with a certain minimalism (she likes to borrow from the boys!), she adds feminine touches like a gorgeous floral cuff.
Christian Dior Tropical Sandals
Tropical Traveler: this globe-trotter is attracted to tropical flora and fauna and isn’t afraid to wear splashes of color, especially citrus hues. Rio, here we come!
Matthew Williamson Clutch
Disco Diva: pull out your glitter, sequins and rhinestones and strut your stuff on the dance floor – this fun-loving star loves to attract attention with her bright and bold accessories and makes a statement wherever she goes.
Photos via The Coveted, Net-A-Porter, Farfetch, Max & Chloe and Where Shoes Meet Fashion
… to John Galliano for bringing back Christian Dior‘s iconic New Look in this his 15th year as Creative Director for the House of Dior. We say “Bravo!” to the graceful shawl-collared jackets and voluminous skirts, to the colorful layers of silk, tulle, flowers and feathers and the glossy red lips. Mr. Dior would’ve been so proud… What a way to kick off the Spring 2011 Couture shows!
Flowers and Feathers
Obsessed with Ombre
P.S. Galliano was inspired by Rene Gruau‘s illustrations for Dior, now on exhibit at Somerset House in London. Don’t you just love fashionable art?
Photos via Style.com
Christian Dior by Marie-France Pochna
Christian Dior, one of our favorite fashion designers, is quoted as saying “I have designed flower women” when he launched Corolle (the French word for the botanical term corolla or circlet of flower petals), his first collection in 1947. This collection ushered in the New Look, the most famous single season in fashion history. Gone were the conservative styles of the war period with Dior’s decadent use of corsets and swaths of material reminiscent of the “Belle Epoque”.
1950's Dress with Floral Embroidery
Born 105 years ago today, Dior was known for his feminine silhouettes, voluminous skirts and rich floral fabrics. Though he died young, Dior’s legacy lives on in the brilliant designers who have succeeded him at the helm of his eponymous fashion house, including Yves St. Laurent, Gianfranco Ferre and John Galliano.
Fall 2007 Couture Collection
Spring 2009 Couture Collection
Even Dior accessories and cosmetics have flower power…
Diorette Milly La Foret Jewelry Collection
Flower Blossom - Floral Illuminating Powder
Happy Birthday, Christian Dior, and thank you for such fabulous floral fashion!
Photos from Wikipedia, 1st Dibs, Style.com, About That Dress, and Polyvore