Flower as embellishment is deeply rootedimage-6240078-10731106 in style history. Nature incorporated as one selects the perfect bloomimage-6240078-10731106image-6240078-10451141 to reflect a dreamy disposition. I like to think of this organic trend in German photographer Amira Fritz’s Flower Power series. Transformed into the practical and grounded, yet still retaining its whimsical charmimage-6240078-10451141. Zoe Kravitz and Josephine de la Baume are contemporary sirensimage-6240078-10731106 intoxicating the public with their delicate feminine wreaths.

Although an adornment of intrinsic transience (they are alive, after all!), flowers in the hair is also one of the oldest trendsimage-6240078-10451141. This terrestrial halo dates back well before Scott McKenzie’s single ‘San Francisco’ dropped in 1967 and even predates the ‘Flower Power’ era. In ancient Greece, a single flower worn in the hair was the perfect touchimage-6240078-10731106 of femininity, whereas full foliage served as a victor’s crown. During the Victorian age the gesture of presenting flowers was much preferred over vocal expression. Flowers were emotional languageimage-6240078-10451141;  a pink gerbera a symbol of innocence, a crimson peony radiating passion.
In the South Pacific, flowers also possess 
a symbolic bearingimage-6240078-10731106. A hibiscus flower placed behind the right ear signifies a woman’s availability. If the flower is worn behind the left ear it is a message to suitors to stay away. In modern Western cultures, a garland on a bridal veil serves as a sign of fertility and a promiseimage-6240078-10451141 of everlasting love.
‪-Gina DellaGioia

August 2012