Ever since the first artistic movement began, flowers have been an important part of several works. Being an object of study, inspiration or just decoration for a scene, these works played an important part in the definition of the different forms of expression in arts. Before being the subject inside paintings, the flowers were used on them, as paint.
The thing about paint made out of plants is that, unfortunately, they don’t last long and after a while of being exposed to UV rays their colors change. Fortunately for us, the paints used in portraits and flower paintings can’t change colors because of the different chemicals in them; which means that paintings will hardly ever change colors and will usually stay the same for many years.
One of the founders of Impressionism in France, Claude Monet, painted the real world with something else – and his something else was the innumerous flowers he added to many of his paintings, transforming what could be an ugly landscape into the most beautiful sight. That closeness to nature was a huge step for Impressionism, because the previous art movement had been focused on logic thoughts and not emotion.
After him, the flower trend continued with post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, who got famous for painting sunflowers and always adding sunflowers in many of his paintings. Monet was one of the many artists who praised Van Gogh’s work.
Even in other continents, like America, the flower trend was strong amongst artists. Georgia O’Keeffe, Mother of the American Modernism, focused most of her art in flowers; she represented them in large-scale, as seen from a macro lens (which would be invented twelve years later). Her flowers have a body of its own, and show everything a flower is meant to represent: femininity, tranquility, beauty, passion, and love.
Have you ever seen a dress, a shoe or a bag that made you think of food? We sure have! And so did Italian blogger Anna Marconi from Taste of Runaway, who theorizes about how fashion & food are very alike. In her blog, both her passions walk together on the runway; inspiration to let everybody hungry.
The drink Giulietta was inspired in a dress made by Oscar de la Renta – can you see the resemblance? Dedicated to love, this Bellini like drink promises seduction with a twist. Go find your Romeo!
Giambattista Valli’s dress reminded the blogger of her friend’s poppy seed lemon muffin perfectly. And as much as the dress isn’t fit for a tea party, its food counterpart surely is; creamy, soft and the perfect mix of salty and sweet.
A smooth, pink dress by Ports inspired this pink and green smoothie made with fresh blackberries and mint leaves. The perfect drink for a Sunday brunch with friends, to go with sandwiches, toast, scrambled eggs, brownies and crepes – yummy!
Summer is the best season to feel fresh: whether you’re dressing yourself or you’re picking something super delicious to eat. The Franklin & Marshall outfit inspired the spicy tomato tartare topped with buffalo mozzarella and Hawaiian black salt; simple ingredients that put together create a fabulous dish.
Hermès has this Parisian charm, and the dreamy artist Henri Rousseau inspired this specific collection. Orange has been the symbol of the fashion house for years, and the recipe it inspired also brings the energy of the color. Tintarella di luna, or Moon-tan, is a cocktail full of vitamins, perfect to watch the sunset after the end of a tiring day, while chilling with friends.
Ann Demeleumeester’s complex outfit inspired the simplest spaghetti dish; made with fresh tomato, basil flavoured extra virgin olive oil and olives. Sophie Loren used to say that “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti” – and if you’re looking for a recipe with less calories, just use gluten-free pasta.
Margaret Mee was born in 1909, and started working as a designer during World War II. Her work developed during the years until 1952, when she visited Brazil and fell in love with the Atlantic Forest and the Amazonian Rainforest. She began her career as a botanical artist to capture the astonishing beauty she saw during her expeditions.
She did sketches of the plants in the forest and worked on larger and more detailed illustrations in her home in Rio de Janeiro. Of all the plants she drew, nine were unknown to science – plants that are now all named after her for her discovery. She was an extraordinary botanical artist and an eager explorer; the Brazilian government, the National Geographic Society and a Guggenheim Fellowship recognized and financed her work.
Margaret witnessed and illustrated the blooming of the “moon flower”, a rare flower of cactus that blossoms only once in its lifetime. In 1989, a memorial dedicated to her life, work as a botanic and her campaigns to help the environment happened in Kew Gardens, and they own one of the biggest collections on Margaret Mee’s work.
In 2012, Brazilian director Malu de Martino directed a documentary about Margaret’s life and work as a botanic illustrator. Using her diaries, interviews and recordings, the film shows how passionate Margaret was about the environment and the preservation of the Amazonian rainforest.