#7 Floral FreedomTrendstory

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Fragile
  peacenik

Fragile
  peacenik

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Photography (heading, photo 1 and 4): Myriam Balaÿ. Photography (photo 2): Rochas backstage by Chloé le Drezen. Photography (photo 3): Linda Stulic, Styling: Lidewij Smeur, Make-up: Sjardé Kirioma, Coat: Edwin Oudshoorn.

The charming lathyrus is a contemporary symbol of courage, friendship and purity. In these times of uncertainty, misogyny and dramatic power shifts, she marches ahead fearlessly. A female warrior who with her timeless flirting and fragile appearance has the air of a sensual long-legged beauty_______.

The erupting lathyrus breaks through barriers and spreads her generous floral magnificence without inhibition in the most charming shades of colour. Fragile and delicate on her slender but strong and determined stem, she bends flexibly in every changing - societal - wind. Whether it’s a gentle summer breeze or a raging storm like the current political climate, she willingly bends where necessary, but is not easily snapped.

Fragile peacenik

Just like the millions of women who are speaking out at a time when the American President Trump is hacking away at women’s rights like a careless and unskilled gardener. The lathyrus as a delicate peacenik unavoidably raises memories of the giant ‘women's marches’. The iconic feminist Gloria Steinem (82) spoke the historic words: “This is the upside of the downside; an outpouring of democracy like I’ve never seen in my very long life.”

Long legs

When you place lathyrus in a vase, it will last some 5 to 6 days. Place the stems in just 3 to 4 cm of water for them to thrive. Preferably in a transparent vase so that the light can still reach the stems.

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Photography (photo 5,6,8): Myriam Balaÿ. Arsta Blomsterhandel (photo 9). Photography (photo 7): Linda Stulic, Styling: Lidewij Smeur, Make-up: Sjardé Kirioma, Top: Edwin Oudshoorn.

‘BRINGING HEART AND ART TO A DISRUPTIVE WORLD’_______.
Suzy Menkes

Society demands a vigorous feminine riposte. We are literally seeing a floral uprising on the catwalks. Altuzurra sent ‘warriors for women power’ down the runway between oval statues covered in moss and lichen. A message of hidden beauty, historic gardens and manicure elegance - like his clothing for this autumn/winter 2017 collection. Feared and beloved fashion critic Suzy Menkes said about his show on Instagram: “Altuzarra is bringing heart and art to a disruptive world”. And that is certainly true. Joseph Altuzarra is an illustration of a new feminist movement.

And that new wind is unstoppable. Also look at the elegant designs from Rochas, the colours and layering from the recent Italian brand Erika Cavallini and the ruched trousers by Givenchy from the prefall 2017 collection. Looking for a grand gesture? The new chief designer at Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri, is blowing everyone away with her ss2017 collection ‘esprit de changement’. Her feminine, round and wavy idiom is reminiscent of the lathyrus and its feminine curves. Long dresses with transparent tulle and skirts with floral prints dominated the enchanting collection. The underlying motto is: ‘We should all be feminists’. Chiuri stands up for mutual respect, tolerance, Agro opportunities and the redefinition of femininity.

Chaste behind the ears

Big names like Issy Myaki (Pleats please), Prada (Candy l’eau), Burberry (My Burberry), Givenchy (Absolutely Givenchy) and Dior (Dior me) are delighted to make use of this inspirational muse and have included her fragrance extract in their famous perfumes and eau de toilette.

Videographer: Pauline Wiersma, Styling: Lidewij Smeur, Make-up: Sjardé Kirioma. With thanks to: De Boekers, Het Cromhouthuis

Eat me if you can

The lathyrus is an edible summer flower which is a member of the legume family, and is known for both its beautiful sweet fragrance and its fragile, butterfly-like flowers in a host of shades. It makes an elegant addition to any cake or salad, and the velvety purple contrasts beautifully with a nice piece of salmon.

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Rosanne Loffeld

Shoot Linda Stulic
Make-up: Sjardé Kirioma,
Top: Edwin Oudshoorn
BH: Tisja Damen.

Inspirational muse

The lathyrus is highly feminine. With its many frills and curves it is unashamedly reminiscent of delicate femininity. Soft and elegant pastels. A colour palette that flits through the design landscape. The installation ‘The happy room” by Fendi (on display at Art Miami) is made entirely in soft lathyrus pastels. The flower appears to be an important colour inspiration in all its shades, particularly for lights and sofas. And the charming collection from SE collections is also visibly engaged with our versatile summer bloomer, which - like a woman - offers an endless variety of types and colours…
Trump's misogyny demands a strong response, and is awakening a new, fearless feminism. The lathyrus likes to be spurred on. She enjoys pushing into the wind. It is precisely that wind that encourages the growth of new, sturdy shoots and allows her to develop freely. It stimulates her to do her own thing, because she definitely doesn’t want to be tied down. Elegant and opulent: that is what the natural power of those who fight for peace looks like_______.

Eat me if you can

The lathyrus is an edible summer flower which is a member of the legume family, and is known for both its beautiful sweet fragrance and its fragile, butterfly-like flowers in a host of shades. It makes an elegant addition to any cake or salad, and the velvety purple contrasts beautifully with a nice piece of salmon.

Text
Rosanne Loffeld

Shoot Linda Stulic
Make-up: Sjardé Kirioma,
Top: Edwin Oudshoorn
BH: Tisja Damen.