She’s worn orange shoes with grey, denied the usual facets of fashion, and hasn’t eaten McDonalds in over 20 years because of Mad Cow Disease!
Even the delicious French fries? Not a single one!
Flora McLean, the visionary of House of Flora, is high-end fashion rebel. First establishing herself as a professional milliner in 1996, McLean draws inspiration from her materials and the personalities they exude. She proclaims: “Hats are an extension of your personality – who you will be each day. I adore veiling – it’s seductive, which is I why prefer funerals…because of the veils.”
Despite her preferable feelings for funerals, Flora believes laughter is the best medicine – a day without a funny thought is not a Flora experience. Her perspective of the world has always remained dual-sided, which is why her approach to her next collection is a bit different.
House of Flora’s upcoming collection draws inspiration from flamenco dance and Oscar Nieymeyer’s buildings in Brazil – creating an overall more seductive and sensual experience. To commemorate the collection’s unveiling during London and Paris Fashion week, House of Flora will reveal “Solea”: a three to nine minute film featuring dancer Marta Blanco. Flora describes the experience as organic and emotional – Marta Blanco’s soft movements bringing her to tears.
Flora McLean, a true artist, reminds us that in an era of futuristic minimalism, one must remain a bit of a rebel who finds joy in laughter. And, of course, if you want to make a splash at a funeral, do it in a House Of Flora hat or just invite Flora McLean herself. We know we will.
by Johnny Casanova