>> I had been meaning to post this small collation of “unnatural flora” which I had partially picked up from some extraordinary sets during the SS17 shows.  The main culprits being Rodarte’s arrangement of neon light tubes, yellow-hued wild flowers trapped in steel frames, looking like industrial wreaths on the ground.  And then there was Dries van Noten ‘s twenty-three floral arrangements encased in rectangular blocks of ice, created by the Japanese flower artist Azuma Makoto.  Then I thought back to Simone Rocha‘s 2015 collaboration with photographer Jacob Lillis, culminating in a series of photographs “Flowers and Cars” where humble gatherings of English blooms sprout from the seats and bonnets of rusty old vehicles.

Two days after the US Elections, for some reason I mulled over these images of unnaturally trapped flora.  Their unexpected beauty took on a different meaning.  They’ve become flowers that mourn something of a heavy loss – the full consequences of which are yet to play out.  Whether embedded into steel, frozen into ice or crashing into chassis and engines, there’s a swell of meaning in these poignant bouquets, that go beyond surface-level prettiness.  Time to reflect and rethink.


Rodarte S/S 17 set of neon, steel and wild flowers created by Bureau Betak

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Dries van Noten x Azuma Makoto floral arrangements encased in ice at S/S 17 show

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“Flowers and Cars” photographed by Jacob Lillis for Simone Rocha 

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simone-rocha-amuseInstallation inspired by Lillis’ photographs in Simone Rocha’s Mount Street store at the beginning of this year (from Amuse)

Comments (13)

  1. Beautiful floral display love it

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  2. Linda B says:

    Susie, thank you for these beautiful images, and for your expression of sympathy to those of us in the US. It has been a very mournful week indeed.

  3. Nina says:

    This is absolutely amazing. beautiful pictures.
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  4. Pamela says:

    My female colleagues and I, we all cried, we live in Australia! As always thank you for the beautiful photos.

  5. Beautiful meaningful images. My sympathy is with those in US.

  6. Eshtari says:

    i love flora flowers, i wondering that is it suitable for warm weathers ?

  7. Simply amazing…
    Awesome photography

  8. prettybags says:

    Beautiful meaningful images. like this.

  9. Jovita says:

    So beautiful and romantic, I love your pictures!

  10. kelly akuku says:

    Fascinating pictures.

  11. Susie, thank you for these beautiful images, and for your expression of sympathy to those of us in the US. It has been a very mournful week indeed.

  12. i love flora flowers, i wondering that is it suitable for warm weathers ?

  13. sophie says:

    Gorgeously beautiful <3

    xoxo, Sophie

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