Cynthia Rowley @Cheryl GorskiFashionManiac.com

PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHERYL GORSKI/FASHION MANIAC

STYLED BY CHERYL GORSK/FASHION MANIAC

MAKE-UP BY DANI WEISER

HAIR BY JULIE BELLOMO

SPRING/SUMMER 2012 NEW YORK FASHION WEEK RUNWAY IMAGES BY CHERYL GORSKI

As we come near to the end of the 2012 spring/summer photo-shoots, we highlight one of the joys of summer: bugs. Yes, I was being sarcastic but really, what is summer without bugs, the bad ones, I mean? It goes over 80 degrees and you are immediate bug food. It stays hot and muggy for days on end, hitting 100 degrees, and you are long-term bug food. You can’t win for losing.

However, in this photo-shoot, photographer CHERYL GORSKI focused on one of the summer inhabitants we really like, THE BUTTERFLY. Here are some fun facts about the butterfly. A butterfly is a mainly day-flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, which includes the butterflies and moths. Like other holometabolous insects, the butterfly’s life cycle consists of four parts: egg, larva, pupa and adult. For the most part, butterflies have very short life spans. However, butterflies in their adult stage can live from a week to nearly a year depending on the species. Many species have long larval life stages while others can remain dormant in their pupal or egg stages and thereby survive winters. Butterflies are important as pollinators for some species of plants although in general they do not carry as much pollen load as bees. They are, in the same instance, capable of moving pollen over greater distances and some butterflies are known to go back to the same flowers again and again, despite the distance.

 

Artistic depictions of butterflies have long been a staple in many cultures including Egyptian hieroglyphs some 3500 years ago, and in the ancient Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacan, where the brilliantly colored image of the butterfly was carved into many temples, buildings, jewelry, and emblazoned on incense burners. The butterfly was sometimes depicted with the maw of a jaguar and some species were considered to be the reincarnations of the souls of dead warriors. The close association of butterflies to fire and warfare persisted through to the Aztec civilization and evidence of similar jaguar-butterfly images has been found among the Zapotec and Mayan civilizations. In other cultures, the butterfly plays a significant role as well. A butterfly was seen in Japan as the personification of a person’s soul; whether they be living, dying, or already dead. One Japanese superstition says that if a butterfly enters your guestroom and perches behind the bamboo screen, the person whom you most love is coming to see you. However, large numbers of butterflies are viewed as bad omens.

 

In Chinese culture, two butterflies flying together symbolize love. Also, Butterfly Lovers is a famous Chinese folktale. The Taoist philosopher, Zhuangzi, once had a dream about being a butterfly that flew without care about humanity; however; when he awoke and realized that it was just a dream, he thought to himself, “Was I before a man who dreamt about being a butterfly, or am I now a butterfly who dreams about being a man?”

 

Some people, like myself, say that when a butterfly lands on you it means good luck. However, in Devonshire, people would traditionally rush around to kill the first butterfly of the year that they see, or else face a year of bad luck. In the Philippines, a lingering black butterfly or moth in the house is taken to mean that someone in the family has died or will soon die. On the other hand, in some other old cultures, butterflies are views as symbols of rebirth and renewal after being inside a cocoon for a period of time. In the fashion world, the butterfly also signifies spring, renewal, the end of snow-covered days, a time to look at life and your wardrobe with a fresh eye.

The spring 2012 collections were ablaze with floral and plant prints, butterfly prints and 60s/70s mod, optical flower and plant prints. ANNA SUI, ALEXANDRE HERCHCOVICH, PORTER GREY, ANTHONY RYAN AULD, RICHARD CHAI, BADGLEY MISCHKA, BERT KEETER (PROJECT RUNWAY), BETSEY JOHNSON, TRACY REESE, CYNTHIA ROWLEY, VERA WANG, DIANE VON FURSTENBERG and DOUGLAS HANNANT (for his Pink Collection) all showed beautiful and varied pieces highlighting the garden and its residents. VENEXIANA and TADASHI SHOJI showed especially beautiful pieces, and, as befitting their being two of our very favorite designers here at Fashion Maniac, it’s no coincidence that their fall 2012 collections were two of our favorites as well. They just do very beautiful work.

The theme was continued in the usage of flower and butterfly necklaces, pendants and broaches, a near tribal cluster of silver necklaces with fruits and leaves pendants (at BETSEY JOHNSON) and the same, although a little more subdued and in gold at JEN KAO. Thankfully, the designers (and their stylists) very wisely knew when to stop, and didn’t take what is a lovely idea into the overkill zone. So, no gaudy flower print shoes or belts. Of course, if it’s happening on the high fashion runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris, it will trickle down to other levels of fashion as well. Thus, you saw a huge floral and butterfly/bug print trend at Forever 21, Target, H&M, Old Navy, and other mainstream retailers. Who says fashion is not a democracy?

So far, there is some evidence that the winter garden will be equally as enticing. The European collections were a veritable feast of flowers and plants prints for winter. The fabulously talented young London-based designer, MARY KATRANTZOU her spring 2012 collection rocked according to her show program, travelled to the manicured courtyard of an Italian villa for the inspiration of her grass-colored printed long skirt and top. DEREK LAM has a particularly lovely (and understated) flower print modified spectator oxfords (with black leather tip) that is sure to bring a smile to many women’s faces. In fact, his toned down flower prints were one of the big critical hits of the fall shows. I didn’t love OSCAR DE LA RENTA’s fall collection (a first for me because I love everything he does) but I adore his printed (flower) silk faille coat dress, ($2,590.00, available at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide). So, enjoy what’s left of the summer garden. Fall is almost here.

 

Photo Credits:

Photographed by:Cheryl Gorski | Photographer & Creative Director | 716-895-1689 | 716-903-0600 |info@cherylgorski.com | Also on Facebook specializing in: Fashion, head shots/modeling/acting, editorial, portraits, bands/CD Press Kits, corporate events, Web photography, runway

Styled byCheryl Gorski | Photographer & Creative Director | 716-895-1689 | 716-903-0600 |info@cherylgorski.com

Makeup by: DANI WEISERMAKE UP ARTIST | www.hollywoodmakeupartist.net | 716-348-1239 | Make-up teacher, weddings, TV, film, print and SFX. Hollywood Sunless Tanning, for appointments. Website: www.hollywoodsunlesstanning.com Please call for any questions.

Hair by: JULIE BELLOMO: Hair & make up stylist at SALON ROUGE | 700 Elmwood Ave, 716-604-2655. New York City-trained make-up artist and hairstylist specializing in Up Do’s for on-location weddings, color, cuts, Halloween, runway, and photo shoots and part-time therapist.

Jewelry and Accessories by: LUCY PERRONE-MANCUSO: PROP STYLIST | Owner of MODA VINTAGE, 1509 Hertel Ave | 716-725-6636 | Specializing in accessories, antiques, jewelry, furnishings, buy & sell, motion pictures/films, photo shoots.

Models: Nhi Dang and Jhorlina Romero

 

CLOTHING CREDITS:

Flowered Scarf – Charlotte Russe

Turquoise Lace Dress – Macy’s

Sheer Flower-print Blouse – Forever 21

Butterfly Black & White Rayon Blouse – H&M

Flower Hoop Earrings – Charlotte Russe

All Other Jewelry Pieces – Moda Vintage