They say April showers bring May flowers and a cloudy day it was during this traditionally wet month. But being that my look was in bloom I thought I’d take a trip outside anyways and plant myself somewhere. I was willing the appearance of the sun and hoping that any water involved would be for hydration purposes only. You would think the absence of trees in the city would signal the greater scarcity of gardens, but when you are ready for Spring and believe in the law of attraction sometimes you’ll find that what your looking for is right beneath your nose.
The scent was strong and welcoming and the sight was even dreamier than expected. An actual garden! quietly tucked away in a middle of a narrow street in NoLita. As the dark clouds began to disperse they gave way to the blinding warm rays of sunlight. The rows of tulips and long stalks of grass danced in the wind appearing to wave in my direction to enter. Of course I obliged. I thought maybe I would stand out but on the contrary, I felt right at home with nature. The mood was set, my outfit fit in and now I was ready to spread my petals.
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As we got ready for the shoot I thought of the countless comparisons the woman has had with the garden. For Picasso (Woman in the Garden 1929 - 1930) and Monet (Femmes au Jardin ~ 1866) woman and the garden served as muses for their elaborate sculptures and paintings. In spiritual text woman played the pivotal eye opening role in Eden. Why a garden? The thing we first notice about a garden is its beauty. The arrangements of flowers and foliage which serve as a home for the song bird, awaken the senses. The garden promotes growth. Through habitual maintenance, cultivation, and tender care the area comes to life. Lastly, there is something sacred about the garden. Something hidden which is alluring and draws you in putting you in a contemplative state. When all these come together they make a beautiful statement. The garden is strong, beautiful, and vibrant much like woman. I wanted to echo that sentiment and put together strong statement pieces for what I call my garment garden.
I started with the hand embroidered floral appliqué Gucci track pants which were from the Spring/Summer 2017 Wild Days and Nights in Roma campaign. Since Gucci added a stirrup hem I knew a Mule would be the perfect accompaniment. Attico's red patent leather slide was one with nature resembling shiny candied apples, forbidden fruit straight out of the you-know-what garden. The badge across my chest is a sign that woman is present. The slight tint in my lenses from my vintage Christian Dior frames signal some hidden and sacred. I finished my look with some low hanging fruit. My earrings by TARA brought everything together. If you notice they are two different pieces but part of the same set. Although you can have each on its own, much like the woman it is when we come together that we make an even stronger statement and impact.
xoxo –Slightly Flirty c/o Gina Papa
Thanks Tee: Off-White
Embroidered stirrup leggings: Gucci
Red mules: Attico
Earrings: c/o TARA
Shades: Christian Dior, vintage
Hair: c/o Lookbooker at Marie Lou & D