Floral Designs: Because We Need a Little Springtime Now!

Even in warm climates, viewing the winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada this last fortnight has given us a daily exposure to snow and ice. I found myself feeling chilled and reaching for a sweater as I enjoyed the competition and the ceremony.

I had an up close and personal encounter with winter weather this week as well. After spending much of Wednesday at LaGuardia Airport awaiting the opportunity to fly home from New York in the short interval between the departure of one winter storm and the arrival of a bigger one, I returned to Los Angeles via Chicago, which was also under a storm watch. This week, of course, also brought news of horrible winter storms in Europe. And the earth released its energy in Chile, another devastating earthquake following so closely on the recent tragic seismic events in Haiti.

In contemplating which topic to address today, as I pondered the seasonal weather and the power of Mother Nature, it occurred to me that the promise of spring seems just the ticket to brighten the day, especially as floral designs are one of this spring’s key trends. Let’s enjoy some of the looks and be reminded of warmer, milder days and better times to come.

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Illustration: Anne Hathaway pictured in the March 2010 issue of InStyle, looking coy in an ensemble that includes two floral brooches by Nina Ricci. Her earrings are Swarovski crystal from Janis by Janis Savitt.

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Illustration: The March 2010 issue of InStyle also featured a selection of floral motif wristwatches from Bertolucci, Rolex, Fossil, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

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Illustration: The February 2010 issue of Marie Claire featured a collage of floral designs, including a necklace by Marquis & Camus and a couple of sparkly bracelets from Poppy by Coach.

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Illustration: From the March 2010 issue of Town & Country, a selection of floral must-haves for spring, including two multistone pins from Iradj Moini.

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Illustration: From a feature on spring’s pretty floral dresses in the March 2010 issue of Allure magazine, a floral dress and coat of gauze by Vera Wang, worn with Lucite-and-Swarovski-crystal cuffs by Alexis Bittar.

The March 2010 issue of Glamour magazine features floral earrings as one of spring’s key trends, noting: “Glittery flower jewelry gives any outfit a ladylike finish. Look for a pair with your favorite gemstone.”

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Illustration: Floral earrings pictured in Glamour, from Marni, Lydell NYC, Rimistyle, and Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz.

The magazine also pictures Eva Longoria Parker, Mary J. Blige and Rose Byrne wearing floral earrings. Notice that they all sit on the earlobes; none of these are dangles or drops. Glamour suggests the how-to: “Don’t be afraid to scale up-these can be as glam as a chandelier style.”

In case you missed the February 2010 issue of More magazine, let me leave you today with these gorgeous still life images from that issue, photographed by James Wojcik and edited by Brette Polin, a celebration of jewelry of exquisite floral motifs:

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Illustration: Still life from More magazine featuring necklaces by Miriam Haskell, Kenneth Jay Lane and Tamsen Z.

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Illustration: Still life from More magazine featuring bracelets by Kenneth Jay Lane, M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza, Bounkit for Jennifer Miller, Kwiat, Sequin, Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co, and Kara by Kara Ross, as well as brooches by Alexis Bittar, Joseph Giovanni and Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz.

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Illustration: Still life from More magazine featuring rings by Marcia Moran for Jennifer Miller, Amrapali, Diane von Furstenberg by H. Stern, Zorab Atelier de Creation, Dior Fine Jewelry, Tamsen Z, Le Vian, Carelle, H. Stern, Irit Design, Cinta by John Hardy, Carrera y Carrera, and Jennifer Miller.

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Illustration: Still life from More magazine featuring brooches from Sequin, Yogendra Sethi, Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz, Van Cleef & Arpels, and H. Stern.