Our Editor at Large Zoe Stefanie Warncke (wearing Coperni) has found her favourite flower for the season almost everywhere. Not only is she a big fan of Magda Butrym’s latest summer collection, which features roses on bags, tops and shoes, but roses are all the rage this spring.
This is nothing new in fashion, as roses have always played an important role. The rose has influenced the way we look, dress, feel and fantasise. Roses and the wild thorns that protect them – along with the symbolism and myths that have always inspired us – have long influenced designers of clothing, textiles and accessories.
Wearing or holding a rose can be transformative. Think of a rose in your hair as a massage of romance, thorns as roughness, protection and fear. Deep red roses symbolise love and blood, femininity and softness.
Almost every designer has interpreted their vision of roses at one time or another – think Comme des Garçons, Dior, Halston and Alexander McQueen, to name but a few, and with a little fashion knowledge you will have a very different interpretation of roses in mind when you read these names.
Since ancient Rome, the rose has marked rites of passage – from birth to marriage (for some), loss of virginity and death.
White and pink roses became associated with young women and were often used for debutante dresses, and the black rose can symbolise fateful love, tragedy and death.
Whatever your interpretation, roses are back in your wardrobe.
This season it’s Coperni, Bluemarine, Fendi and Loewe, with a different twist, and Mango is also doing a capsule collection dedicated to roses, some of them in huge, disproportionate proportions, which makes them even more appealing. Have a look.