REBEL REBEL WINS CHELSEA IN BLOOM GOLD AWARD
Chelsea In Bloom goes from strength to strength. Last year was our first year to create an installation and we won a gold for innovation. This year, we’ve been awarded a second gold for our installation at Provenance Village Butcher, in Pavilion road. The theme this year was Under the Sea, and we slightly cheated with a wave, which was more of ‘the sea’ rather than ‘under’. To get the whooshing feel of a wave we used half a moongate for our structure and delphiniums for the flowers. Their colours are so perfect for the sea, and we wanted to be seasonal and fresh. We also wanted to be as kind to the environment as possible and so decided to avoid floral foam for the structure. We are trying to cut down using it as much as we can – we’re not totally foam free, but where we can we avoid it. Our lovely friend Saffy, advised us to use jam jars tied to the structure, which worked a treat. The brilliant thing about the whole florist community is that people are so generous with tips and help. Massive thanks to our installation queen Catherine Rice, and her trusty assistant Sam Thomas.
SPRINGTIME IN MAYFAIR - TRANSFORMING THE FACADE AT SKETCH LONDON
Sketch London, the creative dining emporium celebrates Springtime in Mayfair each year with spectacular floral installations. We were asked to create a floral display for their facade. At the moment, London is overflowing with silk flower decorations on the outside of shops, restaurants and buildings but at Sketch, we wanted to make it real and sustainable.
Our inspiration was the 500th anniversary of the birth of Leonardo Da Vinci. Guided by the name of the restaurant and our renaissance hero we decided to create floral picture frames for the door and the windows. Almost all of the flowers were growing plants, so whatever survives can be replanted afterwards. We were guided by which beautiful plants were available – diascia, nemesia, roses, muehlenbeckia, jasmine, pelargonium, geranium, dianthus, nicotiana, fuchsia and the star of the show – heuchera. But the frames had to be filled. Our creative design guru, Dean Stockton took Leonardo’s ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘Girl with an Ermine’ and flowered them up with one of our bouquets from and a flower crown from one of our brides – Ecco! Huge thanks to Noah Duncan and Tony Riccards for creating the frames and Omnicolour for making the vinyls.
VIRGIN MEDIA BAFTA TV AWARDS
This year’s VIRGIN MEDIA BAFTA TV Awards was our tip top favourite. The team at BAFTA gave us a lovely brief. We created hanging installations in the Ball room, a floral entrance and filled the tables with flowers – we even created a background arrangement for the interviews, so our flowers featured behind the gorgeous Jodie Comer and elegant Benedict Cumberbatch. The guys from Ingenius were truly fabulous and as usual Pollen Crew saved our lives!
TUSCANY FLOWER SCHOOL, 5-9 AUGUST 2019
After the sell-out success of our Summer Flower School in June, this August we are adding an extra course. Spend five wonderful days with us as we teach you practical skills, exploring design ideas in the Rebel style of floristry: the super-sized Bouquet on Legs, extravagant flower crowns, large installations and table settings for the fabulous final feast. We will take a trip into the mountains near Barga, spend time at Rebel Rebel’s own house and cutting garden, forage in the woods and meet some of the people who help create the Rebel experience in Italy. Our resident chef cooks lunch for us every day and is already planning the final night’s fantastic feast.
When you aren’t embracing your new skills and admiring your works of art, the historic centre of Barga is just a stone’s throw away, so your evenings could be spent strolling through the atmospheric narrow streets, exploring the, cafes, bars and restaurants that can be found around every corner.
The accommodation is at Col di Lavacchio, a working organic Tuscan farm and agriturismo, with gorgeous views across the Garfagnana valley. Here you can explore its vineyard, wild flower meadow, orchard and woodland or relax by the 12m swimming pool.
This workshop is suitable for all levels and not just beginners.
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We’ve been working with Designer, Anna Burns since we had our first shop in Broadway Market and Anna was styling photo shoots for the likes of Miles Aldridge; so when she asked us to get involved with her design for the launch of a new limited edition Hendrick’s gin (Midsummer Solstice) we bit her hand off! The brief was to create a magical floral filled midsummer themed event in Soho Square, where you would enter a flower covered red phone box, through a magical mirrored world and into the gin tasting room. Simultaneously, Hendrick’s branded red phone boxes decorated with flowers would appear in other cities throughout the UK. It was a logistical conundrum but for Rebel Rebel, nothing’s impossible. With the help of the staging company True, our Rebels travelled to Brighton, Liverpool, Manchester and Edinburgh to create the floral phone box installations. The final result looked fabulous and the combined event was a huge success, with Hendrick’s and their PR Company Red Communications delighted with the results (below).
Yes it’s February and it’s London Fashion Week and we’ve been extremely productive. We filled Marks Club with red roses for the launch of Victoria Beckham’s new YouTube channel; a Spice Girls Drag Tribute Act setting off our rose wall to perfection!
Meanwhile Burberry went for simple white roses at their after show party in Notting Hill. It was a busy Sunday!
But our favourite #lfw event was the lovely Roberta Einer’s show at 180 The Strand (below). She and designer Alice Andrews gaveus creative freedom to use lots of vivid colour!
Yes, it’s Olivia Colman, the queen of the screen, in front of our wall! So proud to be asked to create the red carpet backdrop for this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards, at the Royal Albert Hall. Olivia went on to win the Leading Actress award for ‘The Favourite’. She’s certainly our clear Favourite!
Last year’s extremely popular ‘Crazy in Love’ bouquet was inspired by Beyoncé, and then in the summer we were asked to make a glorious hair crown to adorn ‘Queen B’ herself for the cover of the September issue of American Vogue. What lies ahead of the Rebels for 2019? Well there’s this year’s Rebel Rebel Brexit buster bouquets for starters - ‘I Got You Babe’ and ‘Groove is in the Heart’, now available to buy online. Click here for more details.
We discovered that the wonderful Michelle Obama was appearing at an exclusive UK event at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in London’s South Bank Centre on December 3rd to promote her autobiography, ‘Becoming’ and tried to obtain tickets, but sadly failed. Then as if by magic, our friends at SBS asked us to provide the flowers for the event, so at least our flowers got to hang out with Michelle and Chiamanda Ngozi Adichie!
For this year’s Christmas we added some Yuletide joy to Old Spitalfields Market, adorning the market with our giant Christmas Wreath installations. They wanted to make a statement at their entrances this year. They wanted wreaths and they wanted them to be natural. So we made pine and twig wreaths, using a variety of different pines white painted sticks and asparagus fern. We needed help to make the bases and Julian Carter was the man for the job, creating three 3 metre diameter bases and one as large as 1 x 5 metres. We reckon the 5 metre wreath is the biggest in London!
New for December is the The Florist’s Companion, Rebel Rebel’s first ever gift box contains the basic essentials for floristry. Perfect as a Christmas Gift at only £45 the Florist’s Companion includes a pair of fabulous REBEL REBEL branded Japanese ‘ARS’ scissors, guttering and wire for buttonholes and hair crowns, twine for bouquets, all cosy in a bed of bun moss. For the florist who has everything. Click here to purchase from our Gift Shop.
Very, very early on a Monday morning in November, we found our way down a dark alleyway behind Conduit Street and into the Glade tea room and cocktail lounge at Sketch. A truss and aluminium frame had been hung from the ceiling and we had 12 hours to cover it in mesh and then hang 200 stems of old man’s beard, 60 metres of clematis vine, 250 pampas grass, 24 boxes of Spanish moss, 150 stems of asparagus fern, 30 branches of larch and lichen, hand-picked honesty from Italy, 200 waxed apples and a great grand crown of mistletoe. And we did it!!!
At first it seemed fairly easy, just reach up, tie a bit of wire and pull it tight. At the end….. crawl around on your hands and knees, try to spot an empty space, gingerly stand up as slim as a pin trying not to entwine your hair in larch twigs or razor-like asparagus fern or breathe in strands of Spanish moss, and fill the tiny bald patch with something perfect. At last we finished, about 5 minutes early and ready for a DRINK. Hard work; very hard work, but thrilled to see it complete in all its glorious beauty.
More set dressing for Jess Glynne, this time we created the floral display for the giant video screens at her live concert at the O2 London. Hope the audience loved it as much as we did….
Because we use their payment system in our shop in Mare Street Market, iZettle asked us to feature in their latest Ad campaign. We didn’t entirely realize what that entailed until reported sightings were sent in to us from all sorts of old friends and family. Top tip: always insist on hair and make-up before appearing in a 12 sheet poster campaign…
We were asked to provide a wild arch for a Batiste Dry Shampoo shoot. We created a dry arch representing the model’s dry hair being hydrated with the shampoo. Luckily it was hop time; we used dry hops for the dry section and zingy fresh green hops and pink dahlias for the live section.
REBEL REBEL TUSCANY FLOWER SCHOOL, SEPTEMBER 2018
Our course in Tuscany this September was a great success and the best ever. The weather was magnificent, we ate fabulous food, drank delicious wine but most importantly, we created floral gorgeousness in ever more beautiful settings. Along with our usual haunts, we spent a morning in the private vineyard of the Duomo in Barga (thank you Don Stefano!) making flower crowns and created a floral arch and urn installation at the Villa Simonini, in Gallicano. Our students (one who had come all the way from the Brazil) were a delight. We can’t wait for next year’s course, from the 24th to the 29th June 2019 book your place now! Alternatively, if you are interested in joining us for one of our other Tuscany Flower School dates, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dressing the set for Jess Glynne brought us back to our roots in telly - and was a load of fun. Jess’s motif for her current tour is the bird of paradise and we mixed them up with pampas, blue orchids, blue asparagus fern and all sorts of tropical madness. Hope Jools and Jonathan loved them too…
It is with great pleasure that we announce our floral coronation of Queen B on the cover of US Vogue’s September issue.
Having worked with US Vogue earlier this year – Paul Hanlon hair stylist asked us to recreate a Rodarte runway show gypsophila headpiece for Kendall Jenner - we were thrilled and slightly dizzy to be asked to collaborate once again with the Vogue creative team to design a floral crown fit for Beyoncé herself.
Based on the original visions of Fashion Director Tonne Goodman and photographer Tyler Mitchell we were given an incredible opportunity to collaborate with some of the very finest talent in the fashion world.
The whole experience was one of the most creatively fulfilling experiences of our career as florists, and we were actively encouraged to bring our own style to the shoot. We arrived with our florist’s van laden down with peonies and garden roses, amaranthus, sweet peas, achillea, blushing bride and anthurium, peppercorns and geranium.
With ideas, energy and support from the whole team we were emboldened to create a generous and glorious crown for a Queen and we loved every minute of it!
Everyone from Beyoncé and Vogue’s established teams, to new talent (and indeed ourselves) were made to feel welcome and central to the creative process.
We were invited to sit in and contribute to the shoots, standing by with additional flowers in narrow corridors and vast and beautiful gardens. It was both incredibly professional and like spending the day with family and friends - occasionally little girls skipped past in front of the camera – it was an unforgettable and intimate experience.
Thanks to our colleagues Phil John Perry and Jameka Herman. Phil’s incredible off the cuff, palm and peppercorn verdant headpiece contrasted perfectly with the other soft and abundant flower extravaganza.
We could not have done it without Sir John, Neal Farinah, Nakia Collins, Kwasi Fordjour, and of course Tyler and Tonne.