Last week we were honored to be featured on the GUESS fashion blog in a post by Sonia Baghdady of Style Confessions. The post focused on a growing trend among the world’s more creative florists toward flowers as fashion – jewelry, dresses, hats – things like that. I thought it was a perfect time to share a few things I’ve been secretly hoarding in my collection of pretty pictures – and an opportunity to bring out a few favorites for another go-around.
I’ve felt for a long time that the typical corsage and boutonniere are passe – why wear a hedge on your chest when a floral artist can create wearable florals that are fashionable and easy to wear? Of course, sometimes I like to take that idea to an extreme. What I love most about what I do is the opportunity to play – sometimes it’s in a field down the street from my house with my wife (in a dress made from aspidistra foliage and a headpiece made of bones, honeysuckle, green trick dianthus and craspedia) and (brilliant photographer and true friend) Carla Ten Eyck’s daughter Georgie (in a dress made from aspidistra foliage, kale, rose petals and orchids. Beauty by DD Nickel, Photography by Carla Ten Eyck. I’m just saying, Aryn and Georgie might disagree with that ‘easy to wear’ part. Despite what it looks like in these images, it was COLD that day in the field!
Other times I get to play in the middle of a tree-lined street in Costa Rica surrounded by fields, cows and my good friends, styling expert Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore, photographer Carla Ten Eyck, hair and makeup genius DD Nickel and video God Jim Altieri.
The bolero is made from a native Costa Rican plant. No internet search to date has uncovered it’s name, so we are calling it by the title Beth gave it – Costa Rican Hydrangea. Giant x’s and o’s to our beautiful model, fellow florist Carol! The gorgeous gown is by Modern Trousseau!
From here we moved on to a gritty surf shop where DD made some quick changes to Carol’s look – a gold, glittery bird decorated with feathers and orchids in a nest of twisted wire is woven into Carol’s hair and matching earrings are made from wire and orchids. The bouquet is actually the bolero jacket with orchids, croton and hibiscus from the side of the road added.
I have been DYING to show this video – not only because I think Jim Altieri is a master of pretty, but because I love showing how these pieces move with the model and the breeze.
And, while we’re still in Costa Rica – let’s remember that flowers are not just for women to wear. Here’s Max LaManna in some of my very favorite shots from our trip, photographed by the lovely Katie Slater for Carla Ten Eyck Photography.
Back in the US – in Boston, in fact, Carla shot Catie Bane of Dana Bartone & Company (tagging in on hair and makeup) for a workshop at Inspire Boston. The fantastic dress is from Modern Trousseau via The White Dress by the Shore. Catie’s necklace is made from button mums, amaranthus and hypericum berries with a matching berry bracelet.
I can’t resist throwing in a bunch of Cat’s creations, some simple bracelets, a stunning necklace and hairpiece and some back-necklaces, all photographed by Carla Ten Eyck and her team.
And, to bring it full-circle, here’s Sonia Baghdady in a wild hairpiece of kiwi, jasmine, amaranthus and tulips and Grizel wearing a necklace of ranunculus, dusty miller and rhinestones – the featured image in the GUESS article. Makeup Artistry by DD Nickel, Hair by Grizel Carrano, Photography by Jag Studios.
to see more, check out our flowers to wear gallery where you’ll find shoes, hats, veils, rings, bracelets – all kinds of surprises!
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