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Bring Your Zyrtec: The 8th Annual Tulips & Pansies Headdress Affair

April showers bring May flowers. And what do May flowers bring? The Annual Tulips and Pansies Headdress Affair.

Fashion designers and florists, 17 duos in total, teamed up for the 8th VCNY event, The Tulips And Pansies Headdress Affair. The annual event showcases amazing floral millinery by fashion and floral designers and benefits Village Care of New York, an organization that provides care for New York citizens living with AIDS/HIV. This year it took place on Thursday, May 14, 2009, at the Edison Ballroom in New York.

The event is fabulous eye candy. Drag queens, pirates, giant birds' nests, stunning models.... some of the wildest flower arrangements you've ever seen, which are secondarily followed by beautiful fashions. And yes, I've got all the photos for you here.

I blogged about the 7th one last year, and this year you'll be hard pressed to find a better image gallery than here. The event was hosted by James Aguiar (again) from E! Entertainment, Full Frontal Fashion and the Style Network and featured apparel designers including Tory Burch, Thierry Mugler, Lily Pulitzer, Pamella Rowland, Ralph Rucci and Cynthia Steffe.

All the participating designers:

Hosted by James Aguiar:

The runway show:

Pamella Roland, in collaboration with Jorge Cazzorla:

Hunter Dixon, in collaboration with Rachel Cho:

Lilly Pulitzer, in collaboration with Aristocratic Design Co. by Tammy Polatsek:

Form New York, in collaboration with Preston Bailey:

Cynthia Steffe, in collaboration with Event Design Incorporated:

Tory Burch, in collaboration with Linda Ferrando Floral Design:

Jordi Scott, in collaboration with Verde Custom Flowers, Inc:

Imperial Court of New York, in collaboration with Brian Fischer for Morningside Greenhouse:

Alvin Valley, in collaboration with Gotham Gardens:

Thierry Mugler, in collaboration with Michael Gaffney for NY School of Flower Design:

Michael Volbracht Designs, in collaboration with L'Olivier:

Chado Ralph Rucci, in collaboration with Zeze Flowers:

Imperial Court of New York, in collaboration with Tara Fischer McInerney for Morningside Greenhouse:

Zang Toi, in collaboration with Golf Srithamrong of Tantawan Bloom:

Sara Claire & Esther, in collaboration with Fleurs New York:

b. Michael, in collaboration with Cote Fleurie Studio:

Bridget Vizoso for The Designer's Co-op:

Here's a few 'behind the scenes' images for you:

special thanks to VCNY, Matthew Peyton and Randy Brooke for Getty Images and Keith Lew and Guest of a Guest for the wonderful images.

Village Care of New York
154 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014

Be sure to check out the last year's Tulips and Pansies Headdress Affair here.

Please donate

C'mon people, it's only a dollar.