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"Dyed in crass colors and sold in delis, the flower is almost universally scorned. But fashionable tastemakers are outsnobbing the snobs and restoring the blooms once-regal status." Lettie Teague, "What in Carnation?", The Wall Street Journal
Trendsetters Say Carnations Back in Style
Carnations, the flowers people love to hate, are actually back in style according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. Titled, "What in Carnation?," the article states that several movers and shakers in the floral and fashion design world have begun using them in their work.
Event designer, Bronson Van Wyck, used 30,000 carnations to form balls which hung from the ceiling for a special event.
Martha Stewart grows her own carnations. She uses them for holiday celebrations, cake decorating and other floral projects.
Fashion designers, such as Oscar De La Renta, designed carnation inspired fabric for several dresses in his clothing line this year.
Gary Page, owner of G Page, a flower import wholesaler, has seen many flower trends during his 27 years in business. But is surprised to see renewed interest in the carnation. "More and more florists are starting to buy carnations." Which he thinks is a good thing.
Carnations Always In Style
But at Fly Me To The Moon Florists, carnations have always been in style. We carry a unique selection of larger, more vibrant, unusual and sophisticated carnations. The best thing about them is that they are so cheap! I hope all this new interest in carnations doesn't cause the prices to go up.
We tend to stay away from bright reds, pale ugly yellows and horrible pinks. But don't worry there are dozens of red, pinks and yellows to choose from. We have some customers who claim to hate carnations and insist they not be used in their flower arrangements. The funny thing is, they don't even recognize the carnations we have in the shop when they see them.
Carnation Flower Arrangement Ideas
Though carnations are cheap, they don't have to look that way:
- We often bundle them in threes then add them to floral bouquets and arrangements.
- Put a large bunch of the same color carnation blooms together, place a rubber band around them, cut them all the same length and place them in a vase. They will look magnicent and modern.
For other flower arrangement ideas using carnations, take a look at Eddie Ross' post called "Beauty in Numbers."
Do you love, hate or have no opinion about carnations? Why?