As New York ushers in the warm spring weather and frolics with the idea of new beginnings, designers similarly follow suit.
The past week has been a flutter with New York’s bi-yearly exhibition of bridal couture. As if someone had imperceptibly unlocked a scene to Agnieszka Holland’s 1993 British fantasy film, The Secret Garden, the runway became replete with a display of empyrean pansies and flowering perennials.
The flowers we see wilt and the leaves we see fall during winter were masterfully reborn on the runway, which transformed in to a conservatory of feather embellishments and crystal hemlines.
Designers such as Marchesa and Mira Zwillinger showcased textured sheaths heralding the purity and youth of nature in spring, in what was a complete sensory eclipse of the heart. Hayley Paige’s presentation introduced voluminous skirts and a decidedly seasonal palette, reflecting colours belonging to the orchid family.
The fringe-like limbs of the snake branch spruce and the ghostly silver needles of the blue atlas cedars, in New York’s Botanical Gardens, were embodied using floral appliqués in Naeem Khan’s exhibition.
This is what Spring looks like in New York.