Well the big chill is truly upon us this week here in the UK. Spring was just around the corner… wasn’t it? We remain ever hopeful as we reach for our thermal socks instead of our flip-flops. We have rounded up some floral couture inspiration for the blog this week in hope that it gets us all a buzzing about again, like busy little creative bees, as we should so rightfully be at this time of year.
Bee on lips for Vogue 1995, Photographer Irving Penn
The margins between lifestyle, design, art, interiors, nature, architecture and fashion are narrowing, as one and the other influence each other. Fashion houses are trending towards statement interiors, homewares are replicating catwalk fashions and so on. Nature has always had its influences over design and fashion but this Spring it seems like everybody is thinking about bringing the outside in. Editorials, catwalks and advertisements are just bursting with blossom. In this post we bring you the very best and most innovative of floral couture, both past and present.
Spring IS coming…
Vanessa Paradis photographed for H&M Spring 2013 collection
Danil Golovkin for Collezioni
Naomi Watts for Vogue Australia
Twiggy Vogue 1967, Photographer Richard Avedon
Marilyn Monroe for Vogue 1962, Photog. Bert Stern. Her last sitting.
Taylor Swift Teen Vogue 2011
Oh miss flower shoot Photog. Bo-Lee for Vogue Korea 2010
Arizona muse by Inez & Vinoodh Vogue Paris 2011
Dior haute couture set by Mark Colle. A million flowers... more on that later.
Photog. Irving Penn, fashion photographer
Photog. Patrick Demarchelier
Savage beauty, floral couture dress by Alexander McQueen
in to the blue
Kirsty Mitchell Wonderland Series to date, 2013
Alice Burdeu Vogue Australia by Floral Tribute photographer Troyt Coburn
Yulia Gorbachenko NY photo Fashion
Suresh Natarajan for Vogue beauty
Hot house flowers
Givenchy’s ‘Victorian Rose Punk’ heads photo Victoria Will
Irving Penn for Vogue
Photog. Tim Walker for Vogue UK
Garden of Delights shoot Vogue US, Photog. Steven Meisel
Harpers Bazaar Floral Shoot, Photog. Mark Seliger
Photog. Mario Testino for Vogue US
Haute Culture for How to Spend it 2012, Photog. Damien Fox
Moss collar by Tara Boooth Mooney centre for sustainable fashion at the London college of fashion
Oscar de la renta Vogue UK collection for Balmain. Photog. Peter Lindbergh
Lady Gaga Vogue US 2011, Photog. Mario Testino. Wearing Alexander McQueen. Floral artistry Thierry Boutemy
Tye Sokkvan in Burberry for Vulture 2013. Photog. Lester Lai. Floral artist Dan Takeda
Floral Couture by Alexander McQueen
Feel a little bit of a hop, skip and a jump coming on yet? Maybe a roly-poly down a hill or a prance through a meadow perhaps? If you are not feeling the spring in your step just yet then maybe this last blast of inspiration might help...
Garden of Delights shoot for Vogue US. Photog. Steven Meisel
Runway 2013 by Raf Simons for Christian Dior
Chanel's Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture collection Paris
Takaya Hanayuishi male Floral Couture
Lee Jong Hyun for Vogue Girl Korea 2012
Yardley campaigne by London based artist & polymath Petra Storrs Art Director
strike a posy
Madonna for Louis Vuitton. Photog. Steven Meisel
Well it seems like Madge got in on the act some time ago...
Madge sourced from Fashion limbo
Well that's it. We hope you liked this post. We are in the Oxford Times Homes & Gardens section again this week so if you are local make sure you pick up a copy. Liz Nicholls has had a lot of fun with this month's issue and it will inspire you if you love interiors and garden design. (We particularly like the cover this month). We have been talking to Liz about... well, you'll just have to wait and see. The good news is that it will be availble in e-version via Twitter, The Oxford Times and us tomorrow.
We hope all this Spring fervor and inspiration hasn't gone to your heads!
Buxus head- Oleksandr Hnatenko
& as promised... Dior haute couture set by Mark Colle. A million flowers...