{ Gardens Of Whimsy }

HerreraArchive1We’ve had some amazing conversations around here lately, exploring ideas about both sustainable and timeless style. We never want to lose our sense of joy and whimsy around getting dressed (because you know we love dressing up!), but we do believe it is important to invest wisely, eschewing fast fashion for clothes that are properly made and designed to last ~ both in silhouette and intrinsic structure. Buying better allows us to buy a lot less. Cheap thrills don’t have a long lifespan.

Few women have more vested authority on the topic of classic, well-made clothes than Carolina Herrera. She essentially owns the combination of white shirt + chic, full skirt, having made it both a personal uniform and a cornerstone of her company. She first appeared on the International Best Dressed List in 1972, and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1980. That same year, her friend Diana Vreeland suggested she design a clothing line ~ and she’s been defining our understanding of elegance ever since.

This spring, Carolina Herrera has re-released six of her favorite archive prints, in a well-edited range of capricious cotton separates. We spent a sunny afternoon on her studio’s ivy-walled terrace, test-driving a few of our favorites…HerreraArchive2|AT TOP| Carolina Herrera Archive Sparrow Print A-Line Dress |ABOVE| Swimming Ladies Cotton T-Shirt and Botanical Pants |BELOW| the designer’s signature white shirt pairs perfectly with the Swimming Ladies Skirt, for a look that’s 100% Herrera HerreraArchive3 HerreraArchive5|GARDENS OF WHIMSY| starring Kara Searle |PHOTOGRAPHY + STYLING| by Kelly Framel |HAIR + MAKEUP| by Meghan Cox

  • http://www.eyelikefashion.com/ Eye Like Fashion

    Never really been a floral or print girl. But lately, that’s evolving into an affinity. Dunno how…but love this post!


  • http://Mysmallwardrobe.com/ Carelia

    I love prints! and floral is one of my favorites. They can be styled so many ways all year round. The posiblities are endless!! The first picture is amazing. I love the coloring, and I must try that composition next time I wear a large hat.

    “White Bohemian Look” blog post at:

  • Elisa Taviti

    Fab shoes!! Love them!!

    xx Elisa,
    My Fantabulous World

  • Dominique
  • http://prettypurple92.weebly.com/ Pretty Purple
  • Facebook User

    nice pics!!
    love the floral print
    Big kiss
    Teresa Quiroga Blog

  • TieshaP

    The Prints, The Prints, The Prints. I love them all, but I’m a sucker for prints. Great looks.

  • http://www.shallwesasa.com/ Sasa Zoe

    Love these prints:)

    New on http://www.shallwesasa.com

  • SR

    Lovely collection–my favourite is the Swimming Ladies print. I’m really enjoying your blog’s evolution (and also appreciate these eye candy posts!). I’d be very interested in your thoughts on the “real cost” of clothing versus the cheap prices we’ve all gotten so used to via fast-fashion. It’s not clear what the real costs are anymore. For example, the Swimming Ladies cotton tee in this post is more than $500 (Canadian) at the click-through link. I notice it’s made it Italy and is cotton, and I understand that it’s an archival print and there is value tied up in that, but i don’t know what other elements feed into cost and how much of it is brand? This issue seems to me to be part of the theme of “sustainability”…we can only invest wisely if we have a full picture of what we’re actually paying for.

  • Nico

    These prints are amazing!

    how to WEAR a LEATHER JACKET (32+ OUTFITS) on lowbudget-lowcost Fashion Blog

  • http://www.fancyalterego.wordpress.com/ Heather P.

    I’ve always shied away from florals because they came off too “girly,” but I’m really liking the more grown-up, saturated colors being used in florals this year. They’re a lot more chic, and a lot less twee. :-)


    What an inspiration! Floral is my fav! I love this look! I just purchased a floral fabric similar to this! Cant wait to see what I end up designing/making out it!


  • Desirèe
  • Chloe

    Lovely! don’t miss the trendiest sunglasses everybody was wearing at Coachella this year! http://bit.ly/1lR7Eam Check ‘em also on Instagram http://bit.ly/RPJmUf

  • Debbie Iles

    Those prints are beautiful!

  • http://www.madelienerose.com Madeliene Rose

    Not sure about those heels on those pebbles but I do love the floral look! I love a good garden and wearing floral patterns on any given day will surely make it a good day for me! http://madelienerose.com/

  • Ahka Vintage

    Floral print can be a hit or miss sometimes. But this is awesome. I love it!



    Sign up for special AHKA store priviledges

  • Nora Gouma

    wow stunning….I love floral prints during summers with light makeup….lovely post…..xoxoxo…^_^


  • bianca malata

    I love floral prints. I have a few dresses in floral prints not to mention tropical floral pair of trousers that will no doubt be making an appearance this summer.

    Spitbank Fort | Secrets of The Solent

  • http://www.thedailyrunway.com The Daily Runway

    Loving the patterns!