I do realise that the times of dress codes are almost gone and the terrible (in my opinion) word "casual" is now dominating our every day choices in clothes and accessories . I find it to be very sad. The more I read and introduce myself to the subject of the history of the costume, the more I realise how brilliantly beautiful were the choices of the women who lived long before the era of Lanvin, Lous Vuitton, Hermes...
Not only that, but how extraordinarily inventive and careful the women had to be to have an entire conversation without saying a single word once. She was able to say EVERYTHING just by wearing a certain combination of colors and flower types in her hair. All this effort had, of course,one aim only - the heart of desired man. What even more surprising, is the fact that every man was equally educated in the language of flowers and could read the floral message just as easily as the morning newspaper. :-)
Roses along had so much vocabulary that you didn't really need any other flowers to express certain things. For example: yellow roses in the hair meant noting but friendship. Coral rose - desire. Peach rose - modesty, dark pink rose - thankfulness, pale pink - grace, orange rose - fascination, white - innocence. Dark red meant passion. :-)
Roses, of course, were an obvious choice, but there are so many other flowers with so many other meanings, that adding a touches of them to the rose would spell out the entire sentence. Here are some of the meanings: apple blossom - better things to come. Forget-me-not - true love.Ivy - fidelity. Ambrosia -love returned. Queen Anne's lace - trust. Stephanotis - marital happiness. Tulip - passion, love. Orange blossom - virginity. Lily - majesty and Iris - warmth of affection...
And so, you see, everything ladies put in their hair had not only a deep meaning and a purpose of beauty. It required a lot of thought. Today we are simply wearing flowers without giving a second thought to the meaning in color and kind , our only objective is - to look fabulous! :-) There is nothing wrong with it, but I think it is always better to know the history of the subject before putting it in your hair.There are endless possibilities when it comes to decorating your hair with flowers: from simple white Camellia to fantastic rose clusters- it is still a very powerful statement and one of the best intermediates I recommend to those of my customers who are still a bit afraid of wearing hats. :-) I just wish that clothes and accessories we wear today had more mystery and ultimate power, more intrigue, I suppose. :-)
The best flowers I would recommend is the ones made out of silk and by hand only. I would give the golden crown of the best flower makers in the industry to french flower making dynasty I had a privilege to work with - Maison Legeron. A while ago I did a Post on them explaining every single reason as to why Legeron is the only Atelier capable of creating true flower masterpieces. :-) Very expensive? Yes. But it will last you forever!
At last, it is my great pleasure to announce the winner of my Fornasetti "Read My Lips" Giveaway. :-) The lucky winner is David Toms of fantastic Blog Savoir Faire. Congratulations David!!! Please, contact me with your shipping address at firstname.lastname@example.org :-)
Have a wonderful week everybody! :-)