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.
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.