That London Look!

What an enlightening evening event with McQueens London Flower School. I thank Pearsons School of Floristry for organising the event for their past and present students.

McQueens is London’s premier florist and I love their flower concepts. They have a unique flower philosophy based on their principles of Style, Simplicity and Skill. They don’t mix clashing colours in one arrangement unless absolutely necessary. For example, take a Red water colour on a paintbrush, dab it in water and brush it across paper. You’d see different tints beginning with red from scarlet roses, pink hydrangeas to soft pink peonies.

Below: Five glass cylinders filled with water. Foam oasis tied to a plank is a clever way of creating a dramatic centrepiece.

McQueens are known the world over for decorating London’s prestigious venues including some of London’s 5-star luxury hotels like Claridges, The Berkeley and The Connaught to name a few. Their breathtaking installations dress the finest events including the Vanity Fair Cannes Party, London fashion shows and film festivals. I was truly honoured to witness their staff Donna and Duncan in action.

Photos below: Layering foliage and flowers, sticking to Yellow, forming a one colour palette.

Hearing Donna’s experience from a fine arts history background, I feel privileged to be given an opportunity to learn floristry. Just like having a background in arts and design, flower arrangement creations are really a work of craft as it is not just about the flowers – look at the ingenious, elegant and simple way the photo’s centrepiece was built and everything that went around it, layer upon layer, including vases of posies and candlelights that brought it all together, based on simple and strong principles of design.

The end product?

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Definitely a Wow factor and they made it look all too easy. McQueens has definitely won my heart. Follow McQueens on @mcqueenflowers and @mcqueensflowerschool.

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