Runway Review VCNY 8th Annual Tulips & Pansies A Headdress Affair

Get ready for a floral frenzy as fashions most celebrated designers dazzle at the 8th annual Tulips and Pansies Headdress the Affair, on May 14th, 2009 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. By Qianna Smith
ESSENCE.COM May, 15, 2009

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Alvin Valley in collaboration with Gotham Gardens
Weightless movement is epitomized by this pleated celadon skirt with a backless halter. The headdress is constructed of overlaying leaves and bears grass layered up in an ethereal manner.

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Thierry Mugler in collaboration with Michael Gaffney for NY School of Flower Design
The headdress of Thai orchids and red dyed plumes are inspired by early haute couture.

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b. Michael in collaboration with Cote Fleurie Studio
b. michael’s Pique’ Floral Gown is topped off with clouds of white hydrangea, vendela roses and wisps of springeri evoke Cecile Beaton’s love of Edwardian hats and his fondness for a rare day in June.

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Michael Vollbracht Designs, Inc. in collaboration with L’Olivier
L’Olivier’s headdress is inspired by Michael Vollbracht’s 1980’s African sheath designed for supermodel Iman in 1980. Using brown raffia, the piece creates a dramatic hairstyle adorned with a floral element composed of individual flowers.

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Hunter Dixon in collaboration with Rachel Cho New York
America’s Next Top Model’s Kimberly Leemans is strutting the runway in Hunter Dixon’s Grecian-inspired one-strap dress paired with an Egyptian goddess inspired headdress with layered tones of golds and yellows by Rachel Cho.

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Pamella Roland in collaboration with Jorge Cazzorla for Celebrate Flowers
A large modeled hat with ribbon edged petals representative of real poppies covered in fresh blooming flowers backed with seasonal foliage designed by Jorge Cazzorla of Celebrate Flowers matched with a dress designed by Pamella Roland that is a printed oversized poppy silk satin chiffon draped bustier gown with center slit and soft train.

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Lilly Pulitzer in collaboration with Aristocratic Design Co. by Tammy Polatsek
Lilly Pulitzer defines Palm Beach chic with this silk chiffon gown, adorned with an iconic Lilly Pulitzer print of pink and green orchids mixed with geometric shapes. A whimsical and over-the-top headdress completes this look, accentuating the botanicals in the signature Lilly Pulitzer print.

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Cynthia Steffe in collaboration with Event Design Incorporated
This sweetly sophisticated look from Cynthia Steffe blossoms with red and crème flowers from the top of her head to the hem of her flouncy skirt. The over-the-top brim hat is designed to emulate the fun of the season while still being reminiscent of a time gone but not forgotten.

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Tory Burch in collaboration with Linda Ferrando Floral Design
Inspired from her travels in Morocco as well as this beautiful Arabian
pink tunic, the headdress captures the feeling, colors and warmth of
those hidden gardens, full of lush roses, dark green vines, exotic palms and desert orchids.

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It was garden floral delight at the 8th annual Tulips and Pansies Headdress the Affair that took place at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. This fabulous occasion brought together some of New York’s finest top tier florist paired with the world’s leading designers to create a festive, high-fashion runway show of elaborate floral headdresses made entirely from living plants and fresh cut flowers. All proceeds from the night benefit VCNY’s (Vcny.org) network of AIDS services.

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