Petal Power





By Michelle Crowe



Audrey Hepburn photographed by Norman Parkinson, Vogue, 1955.

“Red is dead, blue’s not through, green’s obscene, brown’s taboo. And there is not the slightest excuse for plum or puce… or chartreuse,” declares Maggie Prescott, editor of the fictional Quality magazine. “Think Pink!”  The Oscars red carpet arrivals certainly called to mind the opening scene of the 1957 musical Funny Face as Gemma Chan, Julia Roberts and Angela Basset led the parade of pink-clad perfection.


Gemma Chan in Maison Valentino. @gemma_chan

An injection of invigorating Schiaparelli shades is just what this dreary winter needs. Frankly, it might be all one wants to wear from now until the azaleas bloom.


Elie Saab shared this photo of Julia Roberts.

Good news for the many classic stylistas who adore la vie en rose – the best place to shop might be one’s own closet.  Prepping for an upcoming luncheon, I was delighted to find a forgotten never-worn magenta frock just waiting for warmer days. Not quite right for the event in question it was still a cheerful find that will work nicely for Mother’s Day brunch. Likely most of our armoires hold a forgotten fuchsia showstopper or two.


Think Pink, the opening scene of Funny Face.

If the siren song of the shops – or the internet – calls, there are tons of tempting options out there ready to bring a smile to the faces of lunch dates and gala goers alike. Floaty frocks, power pantsuits, daring sweaters, so much beautiful pink, subversive pink, just pretty pink.

Some seasons, even with beautiful vibrant colors swirling all around it can be difficult to dress in anything but safely chic black.


Brandon Maxwell Spring 2019.

This moment is one in which it should not prove difficult to resist the same old same old and instead to think pink.


Pink power suit at Paris Fashion Week.