Monday, April 28, 2008

Everything's Coming up Roses

I am completely smitten with this Valentino Fango Rose tote bag. A must-have for Fall 2008, it fits in perfectly with a larger trend of flowers on the runway and in jewelry cases. All three jewelry trade shows I've been to so far this year (Vicenza, Milan and Basel) have been a showcase for rose-themed pieces, from rosette rings and earrings to enamel rose pendants. This same petal pattern has been showing up in fashion, especially on handbags and shoes, and I think it's really the perfect look for spring. 

While florals used to feel SO Laura Ashley, the look today is more about three-dimensionality and texture than lifelike botanicals. I love leather formed into flower shapes, but I am also drawn to bold prints with a little bit of wit and whimsy. 

Here are some of my favorite flowers that will put you perfectly on trend for the upcoming season:

Valentino Black Ruched Rose handbag. The pre-cursor to the Fango, this tote will work all year long. 

Louis Vuitton discontinued Murakami Papillion Cherry Blossom bag. The log shape and bow tie detail are totally sweet, and the eagerly anticipated pink flowers signal the return of warm weather. 

Judith Leiber multicolor beaded flower clutch. Hand-set beads turn into a work of art in this eye-catching evening bag that will spice up even the most basic black dress. 

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