The next big thing: blooms inspired by Dutch still life paintings


Peonies at the Paul Smith offices. Photograph: Richard Saker

Succulents and other greenery have been the hottest trend in retail and office decor especially among the fashion-forward crowd.  Retailers including & Other Stories, Celine and Anthropologie use plants to make their stores looker fresher and more inviting. Right by me, at the Barbershop at Rivington, the windows are filled with the most gorgeous succulents.

However, it looks like succulents’ days are numbered: the next big thing in horti-couture (per The Guardian’s Jess Cartner-Morley), will be highly stylized arrangements inspired by 16th-century Dutch still life paintings. So think of a mix of overblown blooms in a bell jar or an earthenware jug.

Read more below on other stylish choices (including Anna Wintour’s favorite).

Another stylish choice is a white phalaenopsis orchid – considered the little black dress of flowers. All-white blooms, in general, are always a fail safe choice (Anna Wintour’s favorite is the scented white tuberose). Pink peonies or blue hydrangeas are also chic, so long as the bunch is generous enough and you stick to a single color, with no greenery. Wild meadow flowers project effortless style, the floral equivalent of wearing a ponytail and flats on the red carpet.

And finally: Glass tanks are on the way out, superseded by milk bottles and bright pottery.


Barbershop at 8 Rivington with beautiful window display of succulents


Succulents on display at & Other Stories, Soho


Celine store Soho NYC


Orchids at the British Fashion Council. Photograph: Teri Pengilley

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