Fashion's Floral Fling
London’s royal Kew Gardens captivated the imaginations of Marchesa co-creators Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, inspiring “delicate floral petals, sun-kissed leaf embroideries and vibrant colors,” Chapman noted while presenting the latest Marchesa Notte collection at an intimate rooftop gathering at Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island. But Marchesa is not alone this spring: Garden patterns and foliage-adorned accessories enhanced the romantic looks of many designers’ 2016 collections, leaving no room for wallflowers.
Sospiri eyewear melds vintage Sophia Loren Italian glamour and the brightness of spring’s blooms for its Rachel glasses ($1,250) adorned with eight shades and sizes of Swarovski crystals. Available at Vitra Eyewear, South Coast Plaza. :: vitra.com
Parisian designer Anne Fontaine is most well-known for her exquisite white tailored shirts. But her accessories, such as the Vanny brass flower brooch ($250), soften the buttoned-up look, adding a graceful feminine allure. Available at Anne Fontaine, South Coast Plaza. :: annefontaine.com
Budding shoe designer, 27-year-old Sarah Flint honed her technical skills at Milan’s Ars Sutoria School of Design. After launching her line in 2013, Flint’s feminine flats and kitten heels caught the attention of fashion plates Amal Clooney and Alexa Chung. Her prefall 2016 collection includes the jewel-adorned Luisa flat that delicately ties above the ankle. Available at Barney’s New York, Los Angeles. :: sarahflint.com
Gucci’s signature monogram mini shoulder bag blossoms with dionysus blooms and pink suede trim ($1,650). The Italian-made purse features hand-painted edges and roars with style thanks to a tiger headed spur clasp. Available at Gucci, South Coast Plaza. :: gucci.com
Van Cleef & Arpels’ jawdropping pieces often adorn red carpet celebrities and iconic beauties such as Princess Grace of Monaco. The more modern-looking Virevolte between-the-finger ring ($30,800) takes shape in the form of a delicate white gold, diamond-encrusted feather blowing in the wind. :: vancleefarpels.com
Combining romantic timelessness and spring’s delicate blooms, this short-sleeved Marchesa Notte embroidered tulle cocktail dress ($895) is complemented by a delicate vintage-inspired scalloped trim. Available at Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island. :: neimanmarcus.com
Marine blue Jeralina peep-toe booties ($990) make a statement with laser-cut floral details. Crafted from suede leather these Oscar de la Renta eye-catchers work for daytime and evening rendezvous. :: oscardelarenta.com
Embrace the aloha spirit with Valentino Garavani Hawaiian couture flower earrings ($795). Constructed in Italy from varnished brass and multi-colored Swarovski crystals, these delicate albeit bold dangling earrings create quite the statement for warm spring evenings.
Oscar de la Renta channels the beauty of Punta Cana for his 2016 resort collection with this multi-floral navy silk crepe halter gown ($8,490). The hand-ruched details come to life with glass beaded accents, sequins and crystal stones that highlight more than 260 hours of craftsmanship. Available at Oscar de la Renta, South Coast Plaza. :: oscardelarenta.com