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Fashion interprets winter’s flowers in darker hues, as shapes and configurations, textures and impressions, with the occasional pastel, a hint of the spring to come. Flowers they all are and one finds one’s garden where one can. (Click on the product name to see more information and buy).

Dresses

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Multi Big Flower Satin Dress—With a great shape and floral splashes, this dress speaks of the 1940’s as clearly as it does of today. Styling allows masquerading as more expensive apparel. Gallery opening; book launch,? Tie back split neck. Polyester/elastane. Machine washable. $89

Karen Millen Large Flower Print Dress—Flattering, knee length pencil shape with large Asian blossom print will set you apart from other committee members and become a go-to option for restaurant dinners. Interesting asymmetric (origami) folding at neckline. Stretch fabric: Acetate/Polyamide/Elastane. Should skim the body. $170

Collette Dinnigan Citrus Corset Dress—Ready for cocktails, this 1950’s abstract flower printed dress has a classic bodice top with slight sweetheart neckline and accentuated waist. Slim, pleated, slightly flared skirt-very feminine. Knee length Rayon/nylon dances well. $624

Shoes

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Lulu Townsend Bugle Pump—A hot little number for evenings with the potential to sizzle. Wear these with that little black dress or a covered suit indicating an unrevealed wild side. Red satin pump with 1” platform and 4” covered heel; peep-toe with rose ornament. $39.94

Chrissie Morris Anastasia Sandal—These encourage the crossing of legs on a bar stool! Part vampire/goth, part Joan Crawford in the day; completely distinctive. Suede ¾” platform with 5” stiletto heel. Vampy stingray and flower detail at back. Suede ankle strap with buckle closure. Black or navy. On sale $460

Dolce and Gabana Flower Print Pumps—Year-round pretty; the most graceful shape. Lots of colors to pick up in apparel or for those who live in black. The pointiest of 4” pumps; covered high heel; patent leather. $595

Ted Baker Rose Corsage Court Shoe—Aptly named, this elegant shoe will dress up any ensemble from narrow pants to the fitted black designer dress. Patrician looking. Satin look, almond shaped toe, contrast ribbon strap with oversized flower corsage. Embossed rivet to 3.9” stiletto heel. On sale $94.54

Skirts

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Silk Pleat Flower Applique Skirt by Malene Birger—Looking like couture, this skirt can be proudly worn to opera or film premiere, party or benefit. Dress up or down with the chosen top and jewelry. Knee length and flirty with all over flower appliqué, concealed zip closure. Fully lined. $150

Steffen Schraut Melody Print Skirt—Black waistband emphasizes waist while draped floral fabric lends movement to a sexy shape below. Like an upscale 98% cotton, 2% spandex Dorothy Lamour sarong. Bright multi-colors add zip. $220

Giant Flower Bodycon Print Skirt—Big pansies caress the sides of this black skirt creating an illusion of slim line. Like a good museum print. Conservative or otherwise, as you wish. Add a touch of red somewhere-lipstick, jewelry, shoes? Polyester/elastane-it hugs you. Machine washable. $40

Belts


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Leather Flower Obi Belt—A good looking belt can pull together simple separates. This simple, graphically designed, Asian influenced piece adds interest and form. Flower corsage at the front of a wide band. Triple press stud fastening. 100% leather. $18

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Peruvian Wool Floral Belt—An original South American design offered in four slightly different patterns and muted color combinations. Keeps things soft. Especially great on sweaters or sweater dresses. 100% wool; pewter finish buckle. 2” wide. On sale $50.99

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Ralph Lauren Distressed Flower Buckle Belt—For all you urban cowgirls and suburban-chic blue-jeaned femmes, subtle flowers on a casual belt you’ll own till it falls apart. Old West inspired; worn-in, richly pebbled Italian leather. Antiqued golden metal-plated buckle with floral etched design. 2” wide. Stud closure. Pointed tip. On sale $349

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Tarnish Flower Faux Leather Belt—Wear an entire bouquet without appearing excessive…with a cashmere sweater and pencil skirt, perhaps. Good fabrics accompanied by singular taste. A win-win. The trio of sculpted leather roses adorns the buckle of a smooth, faux leather belt. ¾” wide, Polyurethane. $28

Bracelets

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Blydesign Sinclair Cuff—Feminine and bold, the strength of this piece should be reflected in the structured cut of your apparel. A dramatic black Lucite flower with ornate, fanned out petals atop a 24k gold-plated 2.5” width cuff. Open at the back. $88

CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane—A touch of summer, take this one to Florida or the islands; wear up north with winter white for luxe effect. An ivory satin blouse and black velvet or white wool pants would be fabulous. Pave Sun Cab Stone Cuff- Black or ivory resin cuff with gold-tone flower brooch of cubic zirconia and semi-precious stone accents. Hinged with magnetic closure. 2” width. $238

Vanessa’s Multi Color Flower Bracelet—Fanciful configuration of leaves and blossoms in rich, jewel-tone colors to add interest to otherwise classic clothes or something equally as idiosyncratic. Gold tone bracelet with antiqued finish. All shapes, sizes and colors of flowers accented by inlaid, faceted rhinestones. 2.25” wide. Slip on. On sale $39.99

Miriam Haskell Legacy Floral Hinged Cuff—Looks like a good piece of inheritance or estate jewelry acquired at an auction. The Haskell brand insures fine construction and attention to detail. Ornate, vintage inspired cuff of handmade glass beaded flowers and leaves in 24k gold plate. Hinge closure also adorned by flowers, 2” wide. $330

Brooches

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Verona’s Multicolor Swarovski Crystal Flower Brooch—This is all the decoration you need-and dark earrings, of course-chandeliers would create interesting difference in scale. Pink, blue, green, red, and brown faceted cut stones reflect the light. Black tone brass base. 3.5” diameter for drama. Teardrop shaped petals. $49

Organic Pink Flower & Green Leaf Pin—Delicate and feminine, this vintage inspired Art Nouveau brooch should sit on soft fabrics, draped styles. Beautiful on blondes. Almost fairy-like. Silver and gold tones accented with pink enameled flowers, green leaves and Swarovski crystal accents. $65

Alcozer & J Crystal Bee/Brass Flower Brooch—The mix of materials and spot of color definitely makes this look vintage. Wear day or evening. Great on tweeds and plaids, striking on velvet or wool. This is a solid piece- needs constructed clothing. No chiffon, please. Handcrafted in brass with crystal accents= sparkle and shine. $298

Cuteberry Rhinestone Flower Brooch—The perfect touch for a dark lapel or bodice. A modest touch of color and glitter. 2.8” width. Gradated pink blossom with gradated green leaf motif. $40

Necklaces

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Kate Spade New York Delacorte Bib Necklace—A nuanced spray of seemingly gathered, country wildflowers. Keep everything soft. Gold plated smoky crystals. Lobster clasp closure. Cascading length 6”-adjustable. 8” wide. $498

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Hematite Black Gem Stone Necklace-–Just for fun. This kitchy arrangement makes an outfit arty. Stark and graphic with a white blouse, great with solid colors. Hematite, rhinestone detail, lobster claw catch. Approximately 23” long. $14.90

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Lulu Frost Vintage Look Chain Necklace—A really handsome piece, to be worn- with pride and confidence- with everything from simple tweeds to eveningwear. Eye catching, but not ostentatious. Gold tone snake chain approximately 20” long, wide enough for serious impact. Vintage crystal brooch centerpiece. Lobster clasp. $405

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Carat Amethyst and Rhodolite Necklace-–Speaks of fairyland. A truly delicate piece for the young, slim and ethereal. You know who you are.7 ½ carats of drop and marquise cut amethysts with round cut red rhodolite gemstones in polished sterling silver. $165

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Le Charlot Necklace, Rainbow by Roarke—Hand beaded on a chiffon bib, this show stopper creates gala out of the pedestrian. Truly unusual, like wearing a piece of art. Approximately 21.5” wide, 7.75” long. Snap closure. May be worn with extender. $488

Earrings

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Art Deco Bijoux Heart Clusters–Sweep up your hair and show off these delicate 1” sea foam flowers. Wonderful with silk or chiffon. Clear, green and gold Swarovski crystals, pearlescent beads, leaf detailing; 24 k gold-plated Clip fastening for non-pierced ears. $405

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CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane “Resort CZ” Multi-Plate Floral Applique—These small clip-ons give you just enough sparkle when subtlety is the watchword. Dress up or down. Pick up the pale turquoise elsewhere. Rhodium-plated brass with cubic-zirconia. 1”. Clip-ons. $190

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Sutra Flower Loop Earrings—Exudes the mystery of India. Classic configuration with a slight drop. Yellow gold vermeil over sterling silver; round white pearl at flower centers; of striated tear-drop loops 1 ¾” long, 1 1/8” wide. Posts. $163

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Lauren G. Adams Rhodium and Turquoise Enamel Hoop Earrings—Another pair with East Indian influence, these very pretty hoops bring a little interest to classic apparel. Decorated with turquoise flowers; paved on portions of front and back. Continuous hoop closure for pierced ears. Gold plated; cubic zirconia. 1 ½” diameter. $98

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Betsy Johnson Mesh Bows Crystal Flower Stem Drop Earrings—The bow makes these rather sweet. Graceful for their transparency. Feminine. Silver-tone with rhinestone-encrusted leaf and flower accents. Stud back. 1” wide, 2 ½” drop. Black mesh bows. $65

Just a Few Bags

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Jimmy Choo Sasha Canvas Tote—Paisley inspired flowers in soft colors with black line work on a grey background. Structured tote 13” x 11 ½”with patent leather trim. 8” strap drop. Secures with single snap tap. Interior zip pocket. Not inexpensive but great looking. $850

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Lulu Townsend Firework Flower Ruched Box Clutch—For dressy silvertone/glittery occasions. Stunning clutch looks a great deal more expensive that it is. Ruched satin box with metal frame. Ornate jeweled firework brooch and jeweled clasp closure. Removable 22” drop chainlink strap & matching fabric strap both included. $35

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Red Roses Rectangular Bag—Perfect with black, this deep red bag holds enough for an evening; adds softness to an ensemble. Hard evening bag covered with soft red polyester roses. 4” high, 7: wide. Jeweled clasp. Wrist and shoulder chain included. $45

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