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In Bloom

4 20 2011

4 20 11

Already giddy from Will Ryman’s giant Park Avenue blooms, we’ve been made further punch-drunk by Central Park’s magnolia blossoms and top heavy daffodils bobbing along the avenues.

Nothing says feminine or spring like a gorgeous floral print; and, while that’s not ground-breaking news, this spring floral prints have taken a wilder, bolder path.  The garden continues to grow, creating endless possibility: Akris and Jil Sander nurtured large botanical prints; Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu, Milly’s Michelle Smith and others flirted with a happy tossed bouquet of colorful blossoms (Oscar even featured his favorite bloom, the carnation, in a stand-out gown spied earlier this year in our Holiday Windows).  Others like Dries Van Noten, Rodarte and Carolina Herrera, however, seeded their inspiration in Asian prints reminiscent of Ming vases, Chinese ceramics and 18th Century botanicals.  And, while some of Rodarte’s pieces felt more earth goddess, than flower in bloom; its tempo fell within the natural order of things.

Akris 212 872 8945 Oscar de la Renta 212 872 2656 Carolina Herrera 212 872 8976

Rodarte 212 872 8747 Stella McCartney 212 872 2600 Oscar de la Renta 212 872 2656

From top left: Akris, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Rodarte, Stella McCartney & Oscar de la Renta

Accessories followed suit, featuring delicate blossoms, dancing leaves gilded and golden, and soft petals of citrine and quartz.

Alexander McQueen, 212 872 2750 Iradj Moini 212 872 2518 Giuseppe Zanotti 212 872 2750

Alexander McQueen, Iradj Moini, Giuseppe Zanotti

Shoes, handbags and jewelry are a fantastic place for wall flowers to cultivate the trend and there’s no easier way to do it than incorporating smaller blooms via brooch or handbag.  As happily practiced in our offices, you even can channel the happy daffodil with the latest polish color, Mimosa (212 872 2779) or with a spritz of Jo Malone’s Sakura Cherry Blossom Cologne (212 872 2766). If romantic florals send your heart aflutter, Prada Infusion de Rose Eau de Parfum (212 872 2581) offers a modern medley of Bulgarian and Turkish rose with subtle notes of honey, tea, and fresh mint. Even Repetto has joined with John Derian to give us a tiptoe through 19th century floral imagery — or, as we call it, a vintage tiptoe through the tulips. A trend that once felt staid or expected now is quite the opposite, made more modern by unexpected color combinations and a mishmash of coordinating prints.  Have fun with it; enjoy the colors and vibrancy; and never forget to look outdoors for inspiration.



Milly 212 872 8901 Prada Infusion de Rose Eau de Parfum 212 872 2581 Jason Wu 212 872 8747


John Derian for Repetto 212 872 8941 Jil Sander 212 872 8747Mini Milly 212 872 2857

From top left: Milly, Prada Fragrance, Jason Wu, Repetto, Jil Sander, Mini Milly

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