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New York Fashion Week: The Fall/Winter Runways Were in Full Bloom

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From flower warehouses to orchid-filled salons, designers looked to florals for an escape.

Perhaps as a form of escape from the blustery climate, designers set up their shows with an abundance of floral accents that reminded us of springtime.

Ralph Lauren presented his see-now, buy-now collection on Wednesday at his Madison Avenue flagship, where rooms were covered with 100,000 orchids (and some animatronic butterflies). Earlier in the week, Ulla Johnson decorated her runway with a floral landscape of pink peonies that served as a respite from the snow storm last Thursday.  

Meanwhile, designer Thakoon Panichgul introduced his second in-season collection, an immersive digital art experience, with rose petals scattered all over the ground of a west Chelsea gallery. A mirrored ceiling made for great selfie-taking with the flower-strewn floor.

Simon Miller creative directors Chelsea Hansford and Daniel Corrigan went one step further; they held their fall show at Dutch Flower Line, a flower warehouse in the NYC's Flower District. Models stood on a platform covered with wildflowers, while wearing A-line trench coats, fur-collared jackets and black-and-white gingham dresses. Guests were even treated to flower-infused cocktails from Café Dante.

Other designers incorporated flowers onto their actual catwalkers. A model at Adam Selman was wrapped in roses, looking like a human bouquet, while a few ladies from Marchesa wore blossoming headpieces. "When Keren and I are designing these collections, we like to think of them being worn for every occasion, from a cocktail party to a gala to the Oscars," Georgina Chapman told The Hollywood Reporter pre-show. There were gowns featuring pressed-on flowers at Rosie Assoulin's presentation, too.

Over at Elizabeth Kennedy, there weren't any florals per se, but the set up still felt like paradise. There were palm tree leaves hanging from the ceiling and bird chirping sounds to reflect a collection inspired by Birds of Paradise. "A lot of the colors are pulled from references of exotic birds, but there's also the ruffle details, feathers, embroidery details," said Kennedy. "What really inspired me this season was the use of colors."

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