Pushing Florals

Pushing Florals

I don‚Äôt usually give myself over to television fashion fanaticism and though the likes of Gossip Girl have emerged as popular fashion blogging fodder, I can only muse half-heartedly.  However, I think I‚Äôve found my new Roswell cult-ish love (yes, I was addicted to …. and yes that is incredibly sad…).  Except loving , which has just started to air on , is slightly more acceptable/seemly seeing as it‚Äôs getting critical claim and all.  The Tim Burton ‚ÄòBig Fish‚Äô meets Amelie qualities of this brighter-than-life, super whimsical show has captured my heart and it‚Äôs precisely these aesthetics that temporarily kids me into thinking that I want to *gasp* pull off 50‚Äôs cinched in waists, Audrey Hepburn-esque elegance and general poised/pulled together Chuck fashionisms (Chuck being the character played by Anna Friel who has scarily not aged a bit since those young days…).

Those thoughts of course quickly dissipate because I quickly realise that looking like a film extra was never going to fly with my wardrobe….  but the aesthetics of the show and the richeness of everything bring to mind the vivid florals that are *groan* best exemplified by yes…that… which has just gone live.  The have been getting a lot of lovin‚Äô and attention from Topshop but for the more authentic Chuck-tastic stuff, is a good port of call.  Bewarned, it is a tres cher but immaculate sort of vintage they sell but I love that garments comes from a genuine vintage expert/lover (child of sculptor Henry Moore).

Of course, if ever more of this floral-ilk comes into my obsession, even at the height of my Pushing Daisies-lovin‚Äô, I‚Äôm still never going to be able to pull off a complete ‚ÄòChuck‚Äô which is fine because I have a black PVC legging review debacle on my hands (it is on its way…) which are imperfect for pairing with such dresses (imperfect being what I tend to go for…) and also my new love of deconstructed draped jersey pieces that would sit very nicely on top of the florals.   

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  1. Sarah

    2008-04-22 at 4:29 PM

    I adore the Topshop floral style prom dress but i’m not really sure if I can pull it of. I always feel a little silly in overly girly clothes. Then again maybe I should try something new.

  2. Everybody Says Don't

    2008-04-22 at 5:01 PM

    ooohh I want more floral in my life! I just got a good basic floral from HM
    but now I REALLY am lusting after the topshop prom dress. Gonna watch Pushing Daisies now too! Thanks.

  3. miss woo

    2008-04-22 at 5:12 PM

    Yes I’ve been watching that too! The show very much appeal to my floral sensibilities, and I’m surprised that Anna Friel is actually quite good.

  4. Gemma

    2008-04-22 at 5:27 PM

    I think Pushing Daisies is going to be my Gossip Girl replacement too. I think I’m just too old for GG. When the choir started singing a Fergie song in school, I had to turn it off. Vomit.
    As for Chuck’s costumes, the red New Look style outfit with the circle hat in the recent episode actually made me grab the sofa in adoration. So beautiful!

  5. Make Do & Mend

    2008-04-22 at 5:59 PM

    Oh no what have you done – its not the floral lovely as they are but the Mary Moore site – I’m in love with a black evening dress for ¬£550 – how I wish I’d bought this to get married in!

  6. Make Do & Mend

    2008-04-22 at 5:59 PM

    Oh no what have you done – its not the floral lovely as they are but the Mary Moore site – I’m in love with a black evening dress for ¬£550 – how I wish I’d bought this to get married in!

  7. Anonymous

    2008-04-22 at 7:04 PM

    i LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE pushing daisies.

  8. Anonymous

    2008-04-22 at 7:32 PM

    AHHHRGHH PUSHING DAISIES IS AMAAZE!!
    and i have been in love with anna friel since i saw her in the pantene advert.
    and i now dream of the gold thing she wore when she was in her coffin. =]
    as for gossip girls, it’s soooo OC in a different part of america. whatevs
    x

  9. TooSpoiledModels

    2008-04-22 at 7:36 PM

    Love those dresses!

  10. Jeanrose

    2008-04-22 at 7:40 PM

    I was also addicted to Roswell… I would watch it with my mom! Don’t feel bad about it, it was awesome!!!

  11. floraposte

    2008-04-22 at 8:26 PM

    MMMMmm florals! Managed to get a skirt off eBay which combines pleats and florals – Woohoo! Haven’t tried Pushing Daisies yet, but Gossip Girl is way too kiddie to cut it.

  12. Style Eyes

    2008-04-22 at 8:40 PM

    Mary Moore Vintage is another great site. Unfortunately leaving me longing for more clothes that I can’t have.

  13. Rose

    2008-04-22 at 9:29 PM

    Oh! The Topshop floral is just gorgeous. I can’t abide wimpy florals, but big, bold, bright ones like that make me swoon.

  14. Ane / Unrealized Fish

    2008-04-22 at 10:06 PM

    I love the first dress 🙂

  15. Kristina

    2008-04-22 at 10:17 PM

    Pushing Daisies is the way to go when it comes to understated fashionable tv. I absolutley love the show, the characters, the colors, and definetly the clothes. I would wear most every thing that Chuck wears and the subtle accents to Neds clothes always add to his adorableness.

  16. selina

    2008-04-22 at 10:52 PM

    ahhh i thought i would love the floral dress but it hasn’t grabbed me now it’s in the store, maybe because there are so many vintage floral dresses out there for cheaper?

  17. bronwyn

    2008-04-22 at 10:54 PM

    Nice post….I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you come up with. I’ve been keeping my eyes out for nice floral pieces for our next Summer while thrifting.

  18. meg

    2008-04-23 at 1:58 AM

    ah not too old for skins but GG is somehow out of limits?! Never! I think the fashions are quite similar in how OTT they are. I don’t understand, does Kristen Chenoweth dress in florals as well as Anna Friel?! Everytime you say Chuck all I can think of is Chuck Bass in all his sartorial glory….

  19. MySpace Codes

    2008-04-23 at 2:01 AM

    Very cute dresses, I love it.

  20. ellen minsoor

    2008-04-23 at 4:52 AM

    I agree I love the floral pattern dresses.
    I also like the first dress the one with the full skirt.
    I saw a similar dress on

    By the way I love your blog

  21. Drusilla

    2008-04-23 at 5:27 AM

    I loved Roswell like no one’s business in its first season, it was one of my major guilty pleasures circa 2000-01…you really shouldn’t feel bad about it you know.
    But that Topshop dress is killing me- I do wish they’d just stop gobbing about emerging markets and open a shop in India already.

  22. mica

    2008-04-23 at 5:45 AM

    Floral is difficult to wear sometimes I think. It’s good you want to wear it your own way though, if you did try to emulate the show too much you just wouldn’t feel like you, so I don’t think you’d enjoy it.
    And yeah, I had a guilty love of Roswell too. I have the DVDs, which I think is even worse! :p

  23. The Clothes Horse

    2008-04-23 at 5:49 AM

    I like your idea of taking florals and roughening them up a bit. I have a couple of floral dresses I feel so cloying in…latex leggings you say…

  24. Imelda Matt

    2008-04-23 at 9:19 AM

    OK, I’m off to mininova to check this out, in the meantime don’t be shame’n on the Rosewell, it was also my dirty shame!

  25. susie_bubble

    2008-04-23 at 9:58 AM

    Yay – lots of secret Roswellians….
    Gemma: Loved that ensemble!
    Make do and Mend: Sorry for that… but Mary Moore is amazing isn’t it?
    Meg: Nah…I do like GG…. never said I was too old for it seeing as you quite rightly say… I watch Skins! Just that I’m not AS gaga about posting about GG fashion-related posts as everyone else is… more surprised that PD hasn’t gotten more fash-blog lovin’….
    Chuck Bass is most def my favourite character from GG…. most well-written anyway…some of the other dialogue…is well… a little stunted…
    Mica: Trust me…. pretty and prim florals aren’t my bag…. but for 45 minutes watching the show, the mind does wander…

  26. ellen

    2008-04-23 at 10:07 AM

    i like them all. i personally like black nailpolish with cute flower-dresses:)

  27. Everybody Says Don't

    2008-04-23 at 10:43 AM

    I bought some latex tights (Reeeaaally fetish-ish!) – am thinking about them with the topshop prom floral dress..Hmm. (Love the idea of black nail polish Susie)

  28. Everybody Says Don't

    2008-04-23 at 10:45 AM

    Sorry! Ellen said about the black nail polish! Love the idea Ellen!

  29. piffig

    2008-04-23 at 11:10 AM

    I loved Roswell! Love both Gossip Girl and Pushing Daisies, and they both pull me in their respective fashion directions that really has very little to do with how I want (and do) dress. Florals doesn’t really work for me, just have the one skirt that I love mostly because it’s so ugly!

  30. Enfievre

    2008-04-23 at 4:18 PM

    i love love love the floral topshop dress. ive been finding a ton of great vintage ones as of late but i might get this one too!

  31. Jenny

    2008-04-23 at 8:43 PM

    Haha, I used to be a total Roswell fanatic too. I can’t understand it anymore but I used to be so obsessed with that show, it was scary.
    Lovely dresses!

  32. enc

    2008-04-24 at 1:34 AM

    I love florals. These are done right.

  33. Kate

    2013-07-15 at 12:27 PM

    I love Roswell. It’s on Netflix and I addicted to it now. Even though its kinda an older show.

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