The dark knight blossoms
When it comes to flower print anything I can’t help but see sad little faces on the petals and leaves dreading the slow, yet inevitable death courtesy of the blackest thumb of all land and time: mine. This is probably the reason why the new Kris Knight update of the Gucci Flora got me hooked in the first place, because if you look closely, underneath the sugar-sweet pastel canvas of the Resort 2015 collection, there is a shadow, and a bed of botanicals that blossom in the dark. Curious little herbs with tough roots and long vines that cast roofs over eight-legged creatures… there’s almost a rock’n’roll attitude in it all. The irony is sweet.
It’s begging for exploration, which is exactly what I wanted to do in this collaboration with Gucci’s hero holiday gifts.
In collaboation with Gucci. Photography: Shini Park & Brian Leavy.
Art Direction & Graphic Design: Shini Park
“My colour palette is inspired by the fact that I grew up in a bakery. I began tinting icing long before tinting paint…”
– Kris Knight
Jumpsuit – Next
Dress – Alexander mcQueen. Heels – Celine. Both via Harvey Nichols
And by the way, florals? For Christmas? Amusing, if not actually ground-breaking.
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Flora Knight: the story
I love this video by Gucci, in conversation with Kris Knight on the story behind the Flora Knight blossoms. There’s something wildly satisfactory about seeing cake-icing pastel colours being used for painting. It takes a stronger man to resist temptation to shovel in a finger-full of paint while filling in a yellow dandelion.
In collaboation with Gucci. Photography: Shini Park & Brian Leavy. Art Direction & Graphic Design: Shini Park