Sunset Blooms

I know your first question, and yes, they’re real! This abundance of roses, old-fashioned stock, hydrangeas, and trailing sprays of punctuation, fabulously gives way to the most gorgeous blush and sunset colors. I couldn’t take my eyes off of this explosion of spring blooming out of the brick and mortar at Van Cleef & Arpels, on Fifth Avenue.

This feeling of delicate renewal got me to thinking about my pale pink topper. I bought it last year, and have never worn it. Do you ever do that? Although it wasn’t expensive, I have attached to it this fragility that tough black wouldn’t get. In my head there’s also this fantasy opera coat association–special ocassion. The gorgeous sheen of the coat doesn’t help. The whole damn thing adds up to fancy and lots of dry cleaning.



VanCleef Flowers @ Facade#2


Colors? For the past year I’ve been obsessed with the combination of mustard gold and pink.

But it shouldn’t be that way, so this spring it’s coming out! Not on Easter like you might expect.  Instead, I’m going to dress it down, and counter-balance it with some masculinity. A blow to sweet and precious.  Colors? For the past year I’ve been obsessed with the combination of mustard gold and pink.

It was last spring that this pairing of dreamy sunset hues first caught my eye. On the Fall 2015 runway, bold pink and gold appeared at Marc Jacobs; and at Dries Van Noten the combination was soothed down. Both fresh and unexpected.  These designers’ catwalks also considered the classic that is pale pink and black. Sumptuous and romantic.


Dries Van Noten Fall 2015. Photos: Vogue


Then Garance Dore (love!!) featured the smoothest confection of these tones on her blog. The Mansur Gavriel images took on textured-mod for me.  I remember well my first brush with this brand.  A few years ago in Bergdorf Goodman, there was a growing group of women seemingly circled around a star–and indeed it was–the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag.  Founded in 2012, The first handbag Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel created sold out, leaving followers wanting more.  The tradition continues with this spring’s mules, tempting us in perfect nectar coloring.




A photo posted by Mansur Gavriel (@mansurgavriel) on


Nature draws us in first with pinks and yellows, as it begins its spring scheme. Lately in Central Park, blooming magnolia trees, forsythia, and daffodils exhibit these colors. And like Van Cleef in full bloom, I’m arranging it on me.


Van Cleef & Arpels Floral Photos by:  Dawn Bell Solich

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