The New Romantics

Posted by in Fashion on Jan 27, 2014 . 0 Comments.

 

Prints are yesterday's news, dreamy Soft 3D Flowers are in & they look delectable.

‘Florals, for spring? Groundbreaking.” Miranda Priestly once sarcastically remarked. But yes, groundbreaking they are this season. No longer the preserve of your nan’s tapestry, designers have given flowers a new lease of life, the spring/summer fashion oeuvres boomed with profusing 3D flowers. The modus operandi was collectively light-hearted and romantically enchanting, whisking imaginations as far away as nirvana or creating idyllic fantasies of the big day.

 

Even Erdem, the maestro of prints refrained from his erstwhile signature for the insouciance of 3D flowers. He manifested a demure show, lilies and fil coupe were appliqued onto wide leg tulle trousers and sweatshirts; an allusion to public school uniforms. 

 

Marchesa’s show was a testament to indelible notions of femininity as the designer-duo captured an ethereal and unashamedly feminine grace. The trophy appeared: a frothy knee-grazing dress with intricate detailing that it resembled a life-size bouquet of peonies. The quintessence of flowerbomb.  A floor-sweeping gown festooned with blossoming flowers evoked an otherworldly beauty of Cate Blanchett's portrayal of Galadriel; imagine the dress bellowing like a wraith of smoke around her.

 

At Elie Saab and Giambatista Valli models had contrasting disciplines: a marriage of Cinderella’s elegance and Mulan’s valiance. At Saab, hair was slicked back, eyes smoked, dresses in dusty pinks and angelic whites. She was a rose with thorns. 

 

But, it wasn’t all wine and roses; the real maverick was Christopher Kane who flouted the chastened take on flowers proving that vulnerability is not a prerogative of femininity. The show was a sex education class. A model wore a brodery anglaise ‘flower’ logo jumper, and therefore she was. The clothes were blown up textbooks, labels emblazoned on a bias cut dress and arrows pointing to her nether region. He explored and deflowered her. And though she lost her mystery and purity, what remained of her was still admirable and treasurable. “We live because of flowers and trees…we take them for granted,” the designer commented. Is the harmonious turn to elaborate craftsmanship a nod to the viable 3D printing or an odyssey back to DIY?

 

Flowers are blossoming, literally, and so luxuriously, Miranda, eat your heart out.

 

 

L-R: Elie Saab, D&G, Erdem, Christopher Kane

 

images. self-service online | tumblr.

 

 

 

 

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