Doom and bloom

by Kitty Drake in June 2021
Art & design

The Plant is a magazine about plants and the people who love them. Harley Weir, who regularly contributes to the magazine, opens this 16th issue, with a series of stunning photographs of dead or dying flowers. Entitled ‘Doom and Bloom’, the story feels like a subtle and (mercifully) funny take on all the pessimism we have had to endure, through Covid. In my favourite spread, cigarette stubs nestle inside foxglove petals.

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This appetite for strange juxtapositions is a feature of The Plant. Another fantastic feature shows bags — posh leather ones, straw ones, plastic ones — stuffed with flowers. Clothes are another constant subject of these pages. Some of the fashion shoots are a little obvious (think: pretty people running free in nature), but most of the editorial combines plants and clothes in unexpected ways. One central feature is devoted to a new womenswear collection by Imogen Wright and Vincent Le Chapelain, the duo behind upcycle designer Wright Le Chapelain. The designs — which are fantastically androgynous — are photographed alongside close-ups of flowers, and the combination of traditionally masculine and feminine elements is satisfying and beautiful.

There are a lot of very average magazines made about both fashion and gardening. The Plant manages to make both subjects new and strange.

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