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WWD Accessory issue 08/13/2012

Flowers are a rite of spring — and resort as well. Particularly fresh right now is an unfussy approach that plays to the natural strength, rather than fragility, of fabulous flora. At Dior — where the floral fascination goes back to the founder’s beloved gardens — that concept is captured in a handbag exploding with bold beaded and sequined blooms.

This story first appeared in the August 13, 2012 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.


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Accessories designer Karuna Balloo comes by her love of flowers naturally: She’s the daughter of a gardener. Balloo specializes in crafting vintage couture fabrics into vivid flower pins, using a technique that blends ancient Japanese origami traditions with traditional French techniques for making artificial flowers. Her most recent collection was inspired by “a month in the sun” in Mauritius, where she was born. “The island,” Balloo says, “was bursting with life.”

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