I find myself continuously drawn to Valentino. Italian designer Valentino Garavani held his first significant show in 1962 at Florence’s Pitti Palace, an appropriate setting for his opulent collection. Gorgeous lace, feminine details, gossamer-like chiffon, and a vibrant shade of red were Valentino’s hallmarks. Today, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli honor the house’s heritage while adding more modern touches.
This past season, Valentino’s standout hit was the Embroidered Silk Organza Gown in White and Green. The gown showcases expressive and vibrant embroidery that mimics pointillist brushstrokes. Claire Danes wore this number while accepting presenting at the 20th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Norway. It’s a STEAL at merely $25,000. I kid, I kid.
Something special happens to my friends and I when we discuss couture designers. We intelligent, double diploma-ed, women begin to curse like sailors. As my friend Erica says, “Fuck you Valentino for making my dreams come true!” and my friend Jennell continues, “Honestly, I can’t even talk about Valentino or Chloe without dying of envy for those who can frock about in that shit.” It is just too much beauty for we plebeians to handle.
I have reached the point in the wedding planning process wherein I have begun to think about flowers. What makes a tea rose different from an heirloom rose? What plants are in bloom during the month of my wedding? There are a bevy of questions that, prior to a month ago, I probably would never have though about. Aside from a monthly stop to the bodega for a fresh flower or two, my stance on succulents, peonies, herbs and the like was not so clear. After a very extensive phone-call with my lovely florist, Jenah, from Xylem & Phloem, my passion for petals has been sparked. I love an eclectic, muted bouquet. I adore feeling as if I just stumbled into a Jurassic era fern field. I delight in an English Tea garden. Let’s delve into a floral inspired frenzy.
Eclectic Bouquet for a Blush Pink Outdoor Wedding via Ruffled by Jennifer Frost of Chive Events. Dusty greens of a succulent intermingle with soft pinks, and a spot of mustard yellow and orange.
My florist, Jenah Barry, approaches floral design in a simple, elegant and relaxed manner. Her first word was ‘flower’. As an artist, with an MFA, flowers have always been important in her life. She sources the freshest plants from local purveyors and small-scale gardens. Her creations are so abundant with detail, they are reminiscent of Renaissance still lifes. On such a canvas, blossoms could be considered symbols of the seasons, trade, religion, and of the five senses.
Dress: Ted Baker Vintage Floral Dress found via ASOS, HERE. / Room: Designer Tracy Reese’s farmhouse bedroom with saturated florals reminiscent of an Eastern bazaar dress. The lamp is a 1950s antique. The Chinese table dates from the 1940s. Room design by Bjorn Wallander, image found via Country Living, HERE.
Dress: DIZZY ANCHORS DRESS via J.Crew, HERE. A crisp cotton dress with shirring at the waist and a flirty ruffled hem, finished with an allover maritime motif illustrated in-house by J.Crew’s graphic design guru Grace (it was inspired by the designer’s recent getaway to Greece—I know, I’m a little bit jealous too). / Room: A nautical inspired and striped dining room featuring sea an homage to seaglass, sailboats, and Nantucket reds. With its statement stripes and simple palette, this chic look is so shipshape I want to salute it. Photograph by Oliver Gordon. Image found via House to Home, HERE.
Dress: My newest shopping obsession is Canadian brand Joe Fresh. stylish and affordable clothing and accessories line for men, women and kids found in Canada and the US. The brand is designed by the ex-designer for Club Monaco. This summer’s cookbook has lots of fresh squeezes of lemon coloring! Dress found HERE./ Room: Team your yellow with lots of white to keep the look ultra (Joe) fresh. One cannot have a frown in this sunny, modern, and sleek homage to the colors of the sun! Image found HERE and created via the team at Heal’s.