Botanical Gardens
Some said it with flowers, thousands of them, in exquisitely constructed displays that filled Paris shows with the colors and scents of a garden in bloom. There was a towering cascade of pink petals at Dries Van Noten, a canopy dotted with white orchids at Emanuel Ungaro, a runway of purple violets at Yves Saint Laurent: Paris was blossoming for spring. "It's Jack and the Beanstalk for my butterfly-inspired collection," explained Peter Dundas, Emanuel Ungaro's artistic director, whose hanging ceiling of wild foliage, scattered with rare orchids, took three days to construct and required three truckloads of 15 species of plants.

The runway at Yves Saint Laurent was sewn with thousands of violets as dainty as the models sent tripping tiny steps through them. They were cultivated in the Netherlands to bloom on the very day of the show, but the journey took its toll on many of the buds, which then had to be found last-minute in France.

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