The Fresh Fashion Trend That's Making a HUGE Comeback
If you’ve ever dreamed of appearing like a youthful wood nymph with an impeccable sense of style, now’s your chance.
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For New York Fashion Week (NYFW) 2016 earlier this month, American fashion designer Michael Costello made sure spring was in full swing (in September) with his Spring/Summer 2017 collection, featuring jewel-hued gowns and flowing frocks perfectly paired with glorious, oversized flower crowns.
The Daily Mail reports that Costello’s theme was "midnight botanical bash," and he didn’t disappoint. Statuesque sirens strutting down the runways wearing the season’s must-have accessory, each rocking glittering headpieces featuring blooming roses dipped in glitter, seas of violets and shimmering orchids.
And like anything else in the fashion world, Costello’s latest creation is actually a familiar one.
"Floral crowns, though they conjure visions of Renaissance maidens with hollyhocks and laurel in their hair, or 1960s flower children weaving daisy chains, are having a decidedly new moment," reported the New York Times back in 2014. "Inspired by the bohemian, petal-adorned style of celebrities like Lana Dey Rey, who is photographed more often than not with Technicolor roses atop her long locks, chic urbanites are increasingly drawn to flower headpieces as both a fashion statement and a novel way to reconnect with the natural world."
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In addition to Del Rey (pictured below), floral crowns have also found popularity as an overused statement piece worn by selfie-loving social media stars partying at Coachella.
However, style experts insist that floral crowns are still on-trend, and they can be worn in a fresh, unique way, all thanks to a little inspiration from Costello.
"In the Michael Costello runway show, models wore floral crowns to complement the flowing gowns in metallic and fuchsia hues and textures," explains stylist and fashion expert Samantha Brown. "To take this trend from the runway, consider the scale of the flowers and the context of the events. Crowns are relevant when worn the right way: oversized for evening events and music festivals.”
"Floral crowns lend a bohemian flare, so they’re best left to outfits worn for evening, events and weekends," adds Brown. "Adding a hint of sparkle to the mix can also create a more dramatic, fancy effect."
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Jenny Cipoletti, who founded Margo & Me and was in the audience at Costello's NYFW show, also agrees that floral crowns are hotter than ever — as long as you think big.
"If you’ve written off the flower crown for good, you might want to reconsider," says Cipoletti. "Michael Costello made a serious case for the statement piece in his Spring/Summer 2017 collection. The beautifully bohemian and whimsical look took new shape with oversized, free flowing florals — not to be confused with festival-goers."
"The bigger, the better," adds Cipoletti.
See how Costello made use of floral crowns for 2017 below: