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.
Pants: Languid and loose, these wide-leg pants are our au courant silhouette (and let us give our skinnies a much needed break). Printed Wide Leg Pant by Alice + Olivia in Sunflower Print, via. / Room: The Designer’s Guild wallpaper is hand drawn and beautifully printed. The Amalienborg wallcoverings are inspired by the rococo elegance of royal St Petersburg, its architecture and decoration, via.
Pants: Vero Moda Pant in Geo Retro Print by Asos has a decidely seventies vibe with a bit of neon Navajo thrown in, via / Room: Juju Papers out of Portland, Oregon is a small wallpaper studio. Founded by Avery Thatcher in 2010, we have taken great care to develop a line of wallpapers. Primarily inspired by folk art of all kinds, our designs suggest the simplicity of an elegant old-fashioned signature, or the impossibly perfect collection of driftwood and sea glass on the shore. The word juju means ascribing magical powers to inanimate objects, most commonly objects in one’s home. Perhaps this print will give your lifestyle and home a bit of a hocus-pocus charm? Via.
Pants: LARA PRINTED 7/8TH PANT in Bright floral by Forever News, via./ Room: A cozy floral paradise with hints of the blue oceans by Debi Treloar for Homespun Style by Selina Lake via Heart Home Magazine.
Pants: DKNY EVA PRINT ANKLE SKINNY TROUSER WITH SEAM DETAILS Printed trousers are hot property this season so be sure to invest in a striking statement pair. These perfectly skinny and incredibly comfy stretch cotton trousers will look effortlessly stylish paired with luxe block colour separates. Alternatively you could go all-out and wear pair with the coordinating top for catwalk worthy cool. Via. / Room: Cheryl Tiegs by Andy Warhol, room by Martyn-Lawrence Bullard found via La Dolce Vita.
Pants: The Mysterious Universe Soft-touch Leggings by Romwe, although you might know the size you are in these pants, their ever stretching fibers will leave you pondering the size and expansiveness of the celestial bodies, via. / Room: An entire wall of perfectly spaced of 18th century Asa Smith astronomy prints courtesy of Elle Decor.