Spring has arrived in Thessaloniki! Granted, we have our occasional rainstorm here and there, but the cold winter bite is officially gone. Everything is blooming everywhere. I, for one, am inclined to turn my face to the sun, eyes closed, and just feel the warmth on my skin. Not unlike a flower. Remember this?
Alice in Wonderland, 1951
It’s a time to celebrate flowers and new beginnings and life! I love the spring because it’s full of hope and sunshine and expectation. And if it weren’t for all the wandering, my balcony would be covered with flowers and more flowers. The more colors the better. But up until now, neither muse has really figured out a way to keep flowers alive (though Efi’s orchids have bloomed, and look amazing…neither of us have any idea how it happened).
For now, I’ll just stick to taking photos of flowers in places, while wearing bright colors. Why not? If not during spring, then when? Florals seem to be perennial in fashion at this point; and this girl’s not complaining. While floral prints are darling, I’m interested in the types of designs that are inspired by blooming flowers all over the world. It just so happens that I’ve taken lots of photos of lots of flowers in my travels thus far, and so…here’s what I mean:
Who’s to say Valentino wasn’t inspired by clovers? Or what about…
No doubt Vivian Westwood was inspired by flowers, by nature. In fact, she was totally candid with Vogue when she discussed her collection in relation to her position on the environment: “My job now gives me an excuse to talk about what I really care about – and that is the climate revolution…My motto is buy less, choose well, make it last. You should wait until you really need something before you buy it. In fact, don’t buy this collection.” Go Vivian!
I love this. Bold colors and flowers on gowns? Why not? It’s spring!
Roses are blooming everywhere here – on the street, in gardens. The rose survives in Greece. Perhaps that quality is what inspired this collection by John Rochas. These girls were literally transformed into roses from head to toe. Click on them…to get a better view. Go ahead. Don’t be afraid of it.
Osman is not as explicitly floral as some others, but how can you not think of hydrangeas and roses? Bold flowers inspire bold colors.
I know Zac Posen is inspired by flowers. If you follow him on Instagram, you know what I mean.
Issa London. How flattering, long and lean…not unlike a flower…
Preen. Gorgeous. Clearly inspired by flowers. Let’s not beat it to death. And finally…
We start and end with Valentino. Because this collection makes me feel spring, nature, and Alice in Wonderland all at once. It’s exquisite as spring. Almost there, ladies and gentlemen! Hang in if it’s still cold were you are. Wearing bold colors may be some consolation…try it!