A favorite color of mine is lavender and it just so happens that on my mango tree , my lavender orchid is in full bloom. Like the flower, the color lavender is flourishing this season, a popular trend for Spring 2011.
Did you know that lavender flowers have their own meanings? Lavender Catlaya orchids represent a message of calmness. The language of flowers was developed during the Victorian era with Queen Victoria. The color purple, symbolizes royalty, elegance, dignity and power. It is the color of success. Flowers during the Victorian Era, such as orchids, lavender, lilacs and violets were often considered to be more precious than gems.
This year Netscape has listed Lavender as being one of the top 10 colors in style for spring 2011.
There are various shades of lavender and some come in rich deep hues but the most popular lavender this year is a a soft, grayed and sophisticated. Various shades look great with yellow, taupe, oyster and especially white. The clutch is becoming more popular and not only for evenings but for daytime use as well. As smart phones and electronics like the IPad get smaller we no longer have to carry large bags for calendars and computers. Not to say we won’t or don’t, but I like a clutch bag when you only need a few essential items like a cell phone, money and lipstick, as this is a lot easier and lighter to tote around at night. These bags are chic and sophisticated. They reflect the design trends of today. Floral’s, ruffles, zippers and metal accents are some of the newest trends this season. Other elements that are cropping up are rhinestones (for bling), beading, metal studs, ruffles, bows, zippers and wrapping.
This look doesn’t stop at bags, these finishes are also found on shoes. Royalty never looked so good! Rich plum ruffles are perfectly feminine accompanying the new flats for spring. Beaded accents add a touch of bling for that night out while the gladiator look is definitely the biggest trend for sandals and heels. So no matter your style, make your day royal with a touch of lavender.
Images: All floral images from Jaima & Co.; others from www.veronicaharley.com