There is something so divine and nostalgic about flower markets and flower shops, especially local ones that run business just on sidewalks. That mystery of why one purchases flowers on any given day and who that woman is, that is precisely why am so captivated and inspired by Peony Lim’s recent editorial for Chanel’s Haute Couture spring summer 2015 collection.

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From a youthful princess tulle cape, to the sexiness and maturity of the sheer little black dress, to the most incredibly embellished tea dress, resembling that of a cherry blossom tree made for every couture collector to date, Peony perfectly embodies that mysterious Parisian who picks up bouquets of roses, ranunculus, and hydrangeas on the most ordinary of days, but in the most extraordinary of outfits.

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Shot at Wild at Heart’s Pimlico store, by SENSATIONAL street style photographer, Vanessa Jackman, Peony envisioned, “A living flower amongst the blooms. A flower shop full of Chanel petals. A colourful magical fantasy.”

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Peony also imagined how splendid it would be to show a couture dress in motion and working in real life. Her scene of picking flowers, with the help of the undying cool breeze that very particular day, enabled her to appreciate the texture of the dress.

It was as light as air and yet had a structure of the greatest elegance.” – Peony Lim

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Something that struck personally when reading Peony’s thoughts on the preservation of couture and why it should be worn more often than not, “Couture is made for your body and should be worn like a glove in absolute comfort and luxury. I hope this editorial will inspire you to go into the back of your closet and pull out that precious piece and wear it.”

IN FACT, when stumbled upon her editorial immediately knowing it would be featured here on Soul Cal Love, was wearing a black tea-length tulle skirt, paired with a polka dot Victorian styled blouse, embellished with textured lace at the breast, then trimmed with eyelash lace at the wrists…

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Winning the hearts of a small girl’s and grown women everywhere, Chanel continues to be the source of feminine magic.” – Peony Lim

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More details of the collaboration here: The Flower Shop, A Pocket of Blossom, Power Winds.

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Photos: taken by Vanessa Jackman for Peony Lim & Chanel at Wild at Heart’s Pimlico location

Eternally,
Rosie