Nature is a neverinding source of inspiration for fashion designers. Flowers and fashion creations often have many things in common; beauty, power & delicacy. Just think about Christian Dior's love for flowers (his beautiful garden in Granville is a must-visit!), the Chanel camelia or about the outstanding creations of Christopher Kane, Consuelo Castiglioni for Marni or Simone Rocha for whom nature & flowers have a very special place. Our visit to the botanic garden of Amsterdam called Hortus Botanicus was the loveliest reminder of these intimate connections between the two. This garden, one of the oldest botanic gardens in the world (it was founded in 1638!), is the ultimate proof that nature is amazing & can produce beyond beautiful things. Yann & I were flabbergasted by the diversity of species and by the setting of the garden itself; a green background where herons are King. We really were in the kingdom of Nature and had to act accordingly. We had to respect its rules, to feel humble, almost bowing before its strength & majesty. It was a "parenthèse enchantée" far from the hectic rhythm of the city.
As we were sitting on a bench in front of the garden's pond, under a glorious sun, this connection between Fashion & Nature strolled into our minds so we took some pictures of the plants & vegetables we loved the most and decided to link them with Spring Summer 2017 collections. Here is our selection.
Words by Charles Margueritte
Céline SS17 - Picture by Chloé Le Drezen for Dazed
Jacquemus SS17 - Ad Campaign by David Luraschi
Ashley Williams SS17 - Picture by Anabel Navarro for Dazed
Lacoste SS17 - Picture by Lillie Eiger for Dazed
Y/Project SS17 - Picture by BABYHOUSE/MADE for Dazed
Vionnet SS17 - Picture by Chloé Le Drezen for Dazed
Balenciaga SS17 - Picture by Susie Lau for Dazed
Junya Watanabe SS17 - Picture by Chloé Le Drezen for Dazed
Yohji Yamamoto SS17 - Picture by Evan Schreiber for Dazed
All the HORTUS BOTANICUS pictures are ours