As the curtain fell on New York Fashion Week a few days ago, we were left with several trends to reflect upon. From the shoes, to the colors, to the materials, we have a lot to look forward to for the Spring/Summer season next year.

While hats weren’t a universal trend on the runways this year, American clothing brand Rodarte took millinery trimmings to a new level. Under the direction of founders Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the Rodarte Spring/Summer 2019 Collection featured some of the season’s most beautiful flowers, exquisitely placed among the waves and curls of the models’ hair.

Rodarte at New York Fashion Week from Vogue

The show marked the brand’s return to Manhattan after a two-year hiatus at Paris Fashion Week. Dominated by silk, tulle and sparkle, Rodarte is bringing flower crowns back in style.

Rodarte is no stranger to flower headpieces. In fact, their Spring/Summer 2018 Ready to Wear Collection incorporated babies breath into every look. However, this year’s show featured much bolder styles.

Los Angeles-based floral designer Joseph Free provided flowers in shades of scarlet, yellow, pale pink, and spray-painted metallic. French hairstylist Odile Gilbert was tasked with blending the flowers into metal crowns and weaving the creations into the hair of every model – 48 to be exact.

Rodarte SS19 at NYFW from Vogue

The final product? 48 unique, elegant and extravagant looks for an equally elegant and extravagant show. With that many looks to choose from it’s hard to decide what we like best, but here are a few of our favorites…

Rodarte at NYFW from Vogue

The white dress really allowed this flower design to stand out. It took more than eight gold painted rose buds of different sizes to create this look on model Cyrielle Lalande. The asymmetric shape mimicked the diagonal ruffle of the dress, making the entire outfit feel balanced.

Rodarte at NYFW from Vogue

In terms of hair, this is one of the simplest looks from the collection. The mini pastel roses gently placed in model Jay Wright’s hair match the colors of the tiered sheer dress perfectly. With the roses nestled among Wright’s dirty blonde waves, the color layering carries through from top to bottom.

Rodarte SS19 at New York Fashion Week from Vogue

We adore the opening look because it feels like the flower headpiece is just a continuation of the dress. While the black dress is fairly structured with ruffles and puffs, the overall look still feels very polished because of the matching bunch of black petals on the right side of model Alexis Sundman’s head.

While you may or may not wear rose buds in your hair, we are interested to see how this trend makes its way to the millinery industry. Would you wear a hat made of painted petals? Rodarte just proved how beautiful that look can be.

About the Author

Maggie Kreienberg - HATalk Blogger

Maggie Kreienberg is a contributing editor at BRIDES Magazine and is currently based in New York City. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in public relations in 2019.

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HATalk Issue 140 (November 2017). Cover hat by Veronica Marucci.