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In Full Bloom

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Looks from the Rodarte Spring 2018 collection.

Stop and smell the roses is more than a well-wishing adage. This summer, the call of flora has never been stronger. Whether it’s the proliferation of floral arrangement seminars, runways decorated in all manner of garden gracers—not to mention, designers’ penchant for floral prints this time of year—we can’t help but notice that there’s a high demand for blooms right now.

During Paris Couture Week, fashion and florals had just about equal footing on the runway. In particular, Rodarte, who showed in Paris for the first time, sent models down the runway with flower-festooned hair, along with bracelets and corsages fashioned out of the prettiest petalwork.

Creative Director and stylesetter Lily Kwong recently created an otherworldly curtain of flowers for an installation on New York’s High Line. In celebration of the Summer Solstice, St. Germain tapped the talented landscape designer to create a living environment for the VIP opening of Maison St. Germain. Those in Los Angeles will have the chance to experience Kwong’s green thumb at her upcoming immersive installation for St-Germain at the Houdini Mansion on August 2.

Earlier this month, fashion writer Cathy Horyn shared her personal journey to one of Erin Benzakein’s highly coveted floral arrangement workshops in Washington state. Floret has become like a calling card, a name you want to drop amongst the petal-pushing cognoscenti.

In San Francisco, a new show at Berggruen Gallery, “Botánica,” brings together more than eight decades of artists whose work focuses on the subject of flora. The show’s range—from photographs by Irving Penn and Imogen Cunningham to the computer-generated images by millennial artist Tabor Robak—speaks to the enduring appeal of the natural world.


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