Fashion Week Floral Moments

When flowers show up in fashion collections on the runway, it’s usually in a print.  When designers incorporate them into their lines in 3-D, we salute them!  Now that New York Fashion Week has passed, let’s review the most memorable floral moments and installations from this year…

A colorfully elaborate set designed by Randall Peacock, was constructed at the Park Avenue Armory to premiere Tommy Hilfiger’s line.  Inspired by the rock music scene of the 60s and 70s, it was all about vintage rock and roll baby.  The set exuded the flower power of classic music festivals.  Not only that but it required over 130,000 flower stems and 4 days of labor to pull together.  “We wanted it to be a full circle. The clothes, the set, the soundtrack, the invitations, the ambience, we need to take you somewhere. We’ve taken you to Malibu, we’ve taken you to the mountains; now we’re going to take you to a music festival, with the 1960s and early 1970s as the inspiration.” -Tommy Hilfiger

 In the spirit of “Alice in Wonderland”, was Thom Browne’s Collection this year.  A voiceover by Diane Keaton began the show; “Good evening, everyone, a short story, a simple story, a timeless story.”  The story was actually written by Thom Browne himself.  Known for theatrics, Mr. Browne was inspired by what might dwell on the other side of the looking glass.  Absurdity and whimsy were recurrent themes in each piece.  Theatrical but not entirely costumes, some models carried bouquets down the runway and even wore giant flowers on their heads.  “Every single piece is important to the story, very simple shapes, with amazingly intricate workmanship.” -Thom Browne

A tightly woven wall of flowers created by Raul Avila included carnations and hydrangea set the backdrop to Oscar de la Renta’s collection.  On his runway, it was pure floral femininity in the form of gingham and broderie anglaise.  Elegant and youthful silhouettes cascaded down the runway in a classic fashion.  Black and white patterns with playful splashes of color alternated from piece to ___ piece.  In partnership with the Clinton Foundation, stuffed elephants were found beneath each seat in the audience to help raise awareness of elephant poaching and ivory trafficking in Africa.  “There is no one on earth who makes a woman feel more beautiful than Oscar de la Renta” -Karlie Kloss.

At the Pavilion, silk and taffeta took over.  Soft colors and clean structures adorned the models of Tome’s Collection.  The line was inspired by a classic Indian dancer named Rukmin Devi, as well as photographer Dayanita Singh.  Modernized versions of traditional Indian saris were featured.  Most importantly, some of the models wore fresh orchids in their hair.  As a gift to attendees, a fresh orchid was placed in every seat for the purpose of wearing it in your hair.  Simple, feminine, and fluid, trench coats and high waisted skirts were featured, as well as petal embroidered pieces.

If you are feeling as inspired as we are, let us know if you need any fresh orchids to wear in your hair for this weekend!

Ciao darlings.

by Bernadette Lords

Cannes Goes Rouge!


While we’re working away in our offices or doing whatever it is that we do to make a living, the lavish Festival de Cannes is in progress.  Commencing from May 14th - May 25th this year in Cannes, France is the world’s most famed and historical film festival.  Sparkled with celebrities, Cannes could not be more lively than it is right now.  Loaded with glamour, press conferences, screenings, competitions, interviews, and even fashion shows, Festival de Cannes is a hot ticket since it began in 1949.  Let’s put it this way, wether you’re a household name or just a really big deal in the film, fashion, or even music industries, most likely we will find you there right now.




 Sophia Loren at the Cannes Film Festival, 1959

Since 1993, the Cannes Film Festival has hosted “amfAR Cinema Against AIDS”.  With an astounding and impressive guest list, this special event is just stunning.  Cinema Against AIDS is a fundraiser, whose charitable proceeds benefit the cause.  Dedicated to supporting AIDS research, HIV prevention and treatment, amfAR is a leading nonprofit organization.  Since 1993, amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS has raised over $80 million.  This is the most popular event of the entire festival.  This year it is scheduled for this Thursday, May 23, 2014.  Here in New York, amfAR Cinema Against AIDS was hosted at the Mandarin Oriental this past February 05, 2014.

Every year a theme is chosen for amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS.  This year it’s all about the timeless glamour of none other than Ms. Marilyn Monroe, as well as the color red in all it’s glory.  It seems that carpets aren’t the only thing going red in Cannes this year.  In fact, 35 fashion houses have collaborated to present an all red collection fashion show at the Hotel du Cap this Thursday, May 22, 2014.  With jewelry by Bulgari, femininity will be celebrated and exuded in each rouge piece.  L’Atelier ROUGE could not be more thrilled!  It’s our favorite color!  Have a look at these illustrations by “Lula” of what is to come in the red show.  We just may have to hop aboard the next flight to Cannes..


Left: Marilyn in Altuzarra and Bulgari jewelry.  Right: Marilyn in a sleeveless, floor length Valentino gown from the Shanghai Collection
Left: Marilyn in a double weave crepe cutout gown with fish line detail by Alexander Wang.  Right: Marilyn in a petal cutout cocktail dress by Christopher Kane from the Spring Summer 2014 Collection.

Left: Marilyn in a nylon quilted asymmetrical dress by Christian Dior from the Fall Winter 2014 Collection. Right: Marilyn in lace long sleeve embellished cocktail dress by Dolce & Gabbana from the Fall Winter 2013 Collection.Left: Marilyn in a Prada silk cocktail dress from the Fall Winter 2014 Collection.  Right: Marilyn in an off the shoulder caped gown by Ralph Lauren. Left: Marilyn in a strapless crepe de chine cocktail dress by Marchesa.  Right: Marilyn in a sequined spaghetti strap column Marc Jacobs gown from the Fall Winter 2013 Collection, with Bulgari clutch.

by Bernadette Lords