LOWER EAST SIDE — Move over flower girls, head wreaths are for adults too.
A Lower East Side flower boutique is tapping in to the emerging head wreath and floral crown trend by running classes on how to make the fresh and delicate accessory. In recent seasons head wreaths have been seen on the fashion runways, and the trend is now hitting the mainstream as the perfect spring accessory.
"People are just embracing them and I think why not?" said Denise Porcaro, who runs the wreath-making classes out of her store Flower Girl NYC on Eldridge Street.
"To be adorned with flowers is a beautiful thing," she added.
The classes at Flower Girl NYC are starting up this Spring with a single class costing $185. Rookie florists can learn wreath-making over wine and treats, and then take home their creation.
"I had some girls do a class before going out to dinner," said Porcaro, adding it is also a great way to meet people or even organize a private class for a bridal shower.
Customers too are ordering the arrangements to make a birthday girl feel special, as an accessory for a music festival or even just to wear around town, according to Porcaro.
"It's about making you feel sexy and beautiful and not so much about where you are going," said Porcaro, of the living accessory with a $85 price tag.
"At Christmas I made head wreath for some girls at a dinner party and even when they dried they still looked beautiful," she said.
Porcaro is jumping on the trend spurred on by starlets such as Emma Stone and Selena Gomez or blogger sensation Tavi Gevinson.
"Floral hair accessories are becoming a trend in the form of garlands, crowns and headpieces," said Allison Berlin, a personal stylist who runs Style Made Simple. "It feels fresh right now."
Stylist Dawn Del Russo said a floral wreath, made of either real or fake flowers, is the perfect antidote to turn a lazy hair day into a whimsical fairytale.
"It is really easy to put in your hair and have that messy hair look," she said. "That is why older women are into it, because it is a way to style your hair and accessorize."
Del Russo said while the trend appeared on runways a few seasons ago, it has only just trickled down into everyday wear with artificial flower crowns and wreaths at mainstream stores such as Urban Outfitters.
"The first time we see it on the runway we say 'Oh wow. I don't think I could ever that,'" said Del Russo, "but two or three season later with are incorporating it into our wardrobes."
As for Del Russo she is entering the trend in her own way one step at a time.
"I bought a small thin headband with crystal flowers on it that I am going to give a go," she said.
For more information on the classes held at Flower Girl NYC including wreath making go to their website.