It seems that the fashion set has taken a page from David William Thoreau and become one with nature.
In January, Daniel Rosenberry’s latest couture collection for Schiaparelli took literal inspiration from the animal kingdom with embroidered animal heads, hand sculpted in foam, wool and silk faux fur. They were “hand-painted to look as lifelike as possible.” We saw Irina Shayk in a black gown with a lion head on her torso (which Kylie Jenner also sported in the front row), Noami Campbell in a bear faux fur coat, and Shalom Harlow in a very literal animal print (Schiaparelli’s team clarify on Instagram that no real animals were harmed in the making of the collection).
From fauna to flora: Giambatista Valli’s Spring/Summer 2023 couture collection was budding with three-dimensional blooms, from the shoulders to the sleeves. The motif sprouted on a white satin poodle skirt at Prada’s Fall 2023 collection too.
Rodarte’s Fall/Winter 2023 Collection in February was also a gown garden, including models in oversized floral bonnets and a bouquet jumping off their dresses. Instead of being delicate, the runway looks were more hard rock, with those same models dawning hyperbolized takes on the siren-winged eyeliner trend and Morticia Addams frocks.
Whether jungle, forest or garden, I wanted my outfit to be that same breath of fresh air. To me, the great outdoors means being surrounded by Central Valley’s illustrious blossoms while donning an Autumn Adeigbo (you may have seen her looks on Amanda Gorman and Kerry Washington) set with purple butterflies embroidered on the crop top and matching skirt. I wanted to achieve that same emo princess vibe from the Rodarte show with these bejeweled opera gloves that are the color of night.
These over-the-knee suede black boots bring the vibe home. To pay homage to the floral fixtures across all fashion weeks these past few months, I clipped on these rhinestone and pearl floral earrings that my mom used to wear in the nineties. After all, fashion is cyclical, and so is nature. When a seed is planted, the trend or crop can be fruitful for years. And once the flowers are ready for picking, don’t they need a basket to be placed in? Well, I may not have one on hand, but a wicker handbag painted black will do!
Keeping it Krischic,
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