We did an early morning breakfast at the New Modern Wing yesterday. Getting to the loading dock through labyrinthine Lower Wacker is always harrowing. However we found an abundance of metered parking there a mile below the city, courtesy of Laz, in case an army of apocalyptic zombies or C.H.U.D. need parking. Love these fuchsia rhododendron, Cytherea and Flame Peonies with trusty old Black Magic roses…
For a particularly wonderful family wedding last weekend, we had a dynamite cast of Branchazons putting together huge displays of flowering dogwood and starry lights. In the Light Court of the Rookery building, masses of white French tulips listened, along with guests, to Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring as they waited for the breathtaking bride to appear.
For this Spanish themed dinner party we used lacy Spanish moss in a mad heap of branches, set off by Cherry Love and Piano garden roses in mercury glass. We like these deep reds and teal moss together with taper candles offering flattering firelight and some old world style, no?
This is what our summer is going to look like… all bits of baby’s breath, pink champagne, wildflowers and diaphanous clouds of sweetness and light!
This Bar Mitzvah had a black-light/neon theme with a touch of OFWGKTA. These geometric lanterns were a blast to produce and looked great along with glow-in the dark cotton candy and negative space created by black table cloths and decor. Champagne snowball!
I was writing this post about Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau this morning and just found out she had passed on. We have lost a national treasure. It is a very, very sad day for the happiest, almost violently happy colors and prints on the planet. I love Lilly Pulitzer with all my heart. For one thing, she claims to not have worn shoes in 35 years, just pads around Palm Beach with the best pedicure on the planet. She began her business after recovering from a nervous breakdown in her youth. The young socialite was advised to work as therapy, and opened a freshly squeezed orange juice cart in the middle of Worth Avenue. In order to disguise orange juice stains on her dress, she hand made incredbly bright frocks which people wanted to buy off her back. She started selling them and, viola!… thunder storms of cash. I hope they commission massive live floral reproductions of her prints up and down Worth avenue and have Lilly Pulitzer parades every year on her birthday forever…..
Ultra soft blush/ nude champagnes and greens are a big color story this year… this sample arrangement includes Mother of Pearl and Patience garden roses with velvet geranium foliage. Can’t wait to see these hues “en masse” later in the season…
These pictures remind me of Chintz floral patterns, a perfect template for Spring… florid, blatent, vivid and in a state of flux. There is so much energy in the atmosphere now with these long, light-filled days but I read that the phrase “chintzy” refers to Chintz style floral patterns which makes no sense at all. The patterns are so lavish… and like the beauty of Spring, wild and necessary in their extravagance.
Our glamorous NOLA native intern Diana fought for and won these beads for us at the Muses parade… the glass Catleya orchid pendant is supreme!
Can you imagine how beautiful the Kennedy would be if everyone understood color as well as the gentleman owner of this vintage benz? I asked him what color was his car and he replied, “Candy Purple!”