Welcome to the ‘Secret Garden’: Macy’s Flower Show with a fashionable twist

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From left to right: Chicago Fashion Incubator designers Alyssa Kahle, Lagi Nadeau, Takako Yamanaka, Shelby Steiner and Grace Lee with their garden party designs inspired by flowers for the Macy’s Flower Show. (Photo via CFI Facebook.)

Pristine calla lilies, colorful desert candles, sparkling daffodils — but not in the garden.

The ninth floor of Macy’s on State Street was filled with thousands of plants from March 23 to April 6 for the annual Macy’s Flower Show, but among the displays of “The Secret Garden,” budding designers had the chance to shine.

This year Macy’s Chicago Fashion Incubator designers took part in a flower show challenge, where each of the designers chose a flower for inspiration for a design. To match the “Secret Garden” theme of this year’s show, the designers incorporated a secret element into their designs.

“It’s really nice to have these opportunities to use something as inspiration and then see how in the end all of our own styles remain in our pieces,” Lagi Nadeau said, one of the six participating designers-in-residence at Macy’s two-year program that provides up-and-coming designers free resources, workspace and mentorship to launch their own labels.