Friday, November 18, 2011

Jeff Leatham

Last week I was lucky enough to attend a dinner with Myer in Melbourne to celebrate the work of American florist Jeff Leatham. If you haven’t heard of him, he’s the creative director of flowers for the Hotel Georges V in Paris (nice work if you can get it!), and is also the go-to guy for celebrities including Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah, and he did the flowers for both Chelsea Clinton’s and Eva Longoria’s weddings (alas, the latter didn’t go the distance). He’s known as the rock ’n roll florist and even has his own TV show.  

I can say that his work is unbelievably beautiful, bringing a real modernity to the game, along with the use of truly lush, deep colours. It was such a sublime evening, with the table glittering with over $90,000 worth of Waterford crystal and a delicious menu that included lobster and and duck. Jeff proved to be a charming host, as he regaled us with tales from the life of a celebrity florist, with all of us believing we were at a glittering soirée in Paris by the end of the night.

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