From Gucci to Guess, LF vintage embroidered sweatshirts to Adidas sneakers, couture runways to college closets—when it comes to 2017 trends everything is coming up roses. The flower was the cream of the couture crop this season. Classic florals risked being deemed passé when compared to the allure of the rose. Even Vogue, always the last word on trends, recognized the rose’s position as a new symbol of fashion, creating their own dazzling, sunset orange hybrid for the magazine’s 125th birthday.
But what is it about the flower that makes it so appealing to the fashion world? With its association with passion, sensuality, and strength, the rose in itself is naturally provocative, grabbing attention and catching interest with its combination of strength and fragile beauty. When it comes to fashion, designers and icons alike always strive to provoke emotions or reactions with their style choices, whether they be positive or negative. As a loyal lover of solid colors and monochrome outfits, I reluctantly set out to discover for myself why exactly the rose was the new darling of designers everywhere.
I found myself almost immediately pleasantly surprised by the blossom’s versatility, and the way it managed to spruce up simple staple pieces that had always been a part of my wardrobe. A distressed denim jacket was made instantly more feminine and lovely by a scattering of incredibly detailed embroidered roses. Paired with a sheer rose bodysuit and ripped boyfriend jeans (I am a huge advocate of the denim-on-denim trend), the roses managed to make an outfit that otherwise would have been a little rough around the edges simultaneously both tough and sweet. A constant in my wardrobe, a cropped sweater was instantly brightened and enhanced by the rich colors of the flower. I didn’t go so far as to partake in the rose-covered shoe trend, but I would go with a classic, bold, solid-colored heel to balance out the look and give a dressed up feel to the denim.
After partaking in the craze, I can safely say that the rose deserves its newfound popularity. Each flower felt like a tiny work of art, which served as a reminder that at the end of the day, fashion is an art form. I hope these blossoms never go out of season.
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