I often talk about powerful fashion influences and how although they sometimes take shape in the form of a trend, most are pervasive and stand the test of time. Some themes of I have explored briefly are the military, music and art… I have yet to really dig into nature, as until recently I hadn’t found the brand/s that would inspire me to do so…
When I launched my blog, I told you that I see myself less as editor and more as a curator of indivdual style. I share the things that I covet, that exhilarate me and yes, sometimes just make me happy. I bestow my views with the hopes that you will be motivated and encouraged to search for the elements that help define and express your personal sense of self. I choose carefully and with great thought and so today, I want to turn you on to some nature inspired collections I cannot live without…
Aesa, designed by Brooklyn designer, Randi Mates, is a sensual, feminine line of somewhat unusual, sculptural pieces. The shapes are organic and many are quite tribal in nature. I particularly love the plain or diamond Vein Necklace. It reminds me of an ivory tusk (thought made of made of environmentally correct sterling silver). The shape is also fresh and somewhat architectural as it lacks fluidity. I also adore the Vein Pyrite (an iron-like mineral) Pendant available at Barneys Co-op. It too shares a bone-like reference, though since in dangles, it is less linear and seems more aqueous.
I am having a major Alexander McQueen moment. Again sort of contrary to my more bohemian nature, but I think he is one of the great modern artists and his Spring 2009 collection was exquisitely inspired by nature. He mixes his harder edged, structured design philosophy with organic references. His wood prints (not necessarily the pieces I would buy) are lovely and graphic, the floral appliqué dresses are little gardens of perfection and the piece de resistance is the shell-like corset that he combines with some of the more fluid shapes. He also uses feather-like fringe to create some of the most unusual and sensual cocktail dresses of the season.
Nothing is quite as feminine as a magnificent pair of shoes inspired by the environment. We are still in a “dominatrix” shoe moment, which will continue into the Spring, but I of course I found some covetable landscape-inspired jewels. When all else fails, leave it to Louboutin to create something breathtaking and at the same time organic. At Bergdorf Goodman, you will find the most amazing floral “petaled” sandals. The black satin crepe are the perfect New Years statement, but if you want to invest in your future, they also come in a pale pink that will add something special to any Spring look. They are romantic and girly and scream natural.
If you are thinking, “uh oh all of this is out of my budget”, don’t despair… In true The Gift Of Style form, I will share some go to “low” options. The easiest “low” way to embrace nature is to go floral. Yes, I know it is more literal then perhaps the McQueen collection, but still lovely and organic.
My new client turned me on to DVF again. I tend to shy away from brands that are ubiquitous as I think it is harder to standout, but when you shop a brand well (as she does) you can find those impact pieces. DVF is great destination for florals and graphic nature-inspired prints. The Hazelle Dress in Tulip Secret is flowy and feminine and at $345 is a great way to put a little “garden” in your life. I might even wear it now with a sweater and tights, but if this is slightly advanced for you, save it until the weather turns.
How about giving Target a whirl? I love the Merona Multi-Strand Flower Necklace for $17.99 or the Multi-Strand Peridot Necklace $59.99 (it looks like a little splash of water) and if you prefer the really unique find, scour the vintage stores on the LES for organic, sculptural shapes.
As we get closer to Spring, I promise to explore this trend further. As you know, I do like to focus on what you can actually buy and if possible wear now… So in the meantime, start to think/shop with an environmental point of view and find true beauty and inspiration from nature and yes, of course nature-inspired fashion!!!