Meet Rawan Rihani
on her morning routine
First thing I do is feed my cats! They wake me up every morning, then I try to get another hour of sleep and then wake up again to Zac, my husband planting a kiss on me before heading to work! I then get up, take a shower, put out a little mascara and head on out to the flower market. Every day is a little different though, less of a routine. Today I woke up at 5am and was at the flower market before sunrise!
on her favorite place in brooklyn
I go to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens weekly. It always feels so zen. I always recharge there, and leave feeling rejuvenated. Sometimes at night in my neighborhood, I'll steal just one or two small branches for foliage accents in my arrangements, but I'm really not supposed to. Hopefully no one will track me down, but Ditmas Park gets really lush in the Spring and I can’t help it. I also find inspiration from traveling, books, music, tarot readings, photography, ancient art and textiles and modern dance. I search for inspiration too, and try to discover new music, and experiment in different mediums of the arts. This also inspires me, through the discovery of another medium you can balance it to the other.
on her current projects
Just last year, I designed dreamy large scale installations for high end perfume editorials, fashion brands and events, made an avant garde floral headpiece for Harper’s Bazaar editorial, installed florals for fashion week runway/set design, and did 45 weddings just in 2016!
on her background
I started as a painter but went to art school and focused on fashion design at RISD. I came to NYC to pursue fashion design, loved it at first, but after 3 years, started to not feel like myself, I was unhappy and left to freelance and did a ton of odd jobs, like waitressing, for example, while figuring it out. Then, I then picked up a job at a flower shop in Ditmas Park, called Sycamore (now called Stems) and it was love at first sight. I felt that it was my calling to work with flowers and I have never stopped working with flowers since!
on upcoming projects
I am working on a clothing line right now which I am launching this Spring and also music and video collaboration with my husband, I am always working on different projects at the same time, and it all fuels me and inspires the other in a certain way.
on her aesthetic
I developed my overall aesthetic whilst in art school. My dear aunt passed away, and through that loss, I noticed that my art and perspective changed. I used to paint in a photorealistic style, and then after her loss, I started to paint and create in an abstract way, and with all feeling and emotion. Also, since that time, I had also been inspired by yoga, the connectedness of love and nature, and beauty found in the wild, untamed nature and found in life. Also, flowers were always a strong motif and subject for me when I was in art school, I would draw and paint them, and they have always captivated me. The thing I love about flowers is how varying they all are and what a wonder they are. They all make you feel a certain way too. Red swirling petal-y roses are full of deep feeling and passion, while a sherbet-toned poppy has a childlike spirit, that is light hearted and whimsical.
on her beauty routine
I look for natural ingredients in products. Also hydration and pretty natural scents. I use lavender oil on my temples, Weleda Skin food and a little Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder which is wonderful at this time of year, and adds a little glow. I like to put the luminizer on my eyelids in the center to open my eyes and on cheekbones. I love a good chapstick, mine is coconut oil based, and a little color a little brighter than my natural lip color. I wash my face twice a day, use a day cream and a night cream, and sometimes put cold cucumbers on under eyes. My eyes are so sensitive, and if Im stressed out or didnt get enough sleep, it really shows. So cold cucumber slices feels soothing on my eyes and really works.
rawan's favorite books
rawan's favorite movies
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Marie Antoinette, The Princess Bride, Breakfast at Tiffany's
rawan's favorite records
rawan's favorite places in nyc
Sacred Vibes Apothecary - Herbs, tinctures, teas, crystals
Sycamore Bar + Flower Shop - For flowers and drink
Lea - Brick oven pizza and cannoli, che buono!
Cafe Tibet - Best Tibetan food
Castello Plan - Wine and cheese