Dolce & Gabbana had their annual Fall/Winter Presentation and luncheon at Nello's Summertime two weekends ago, and we were called upon for their floral centerpieces and accents. We drew our inspiration from their Fall/Winter 2010 Collection which had touches of floral patterns, pops of sweet marigold against black silks and grey cashmeres.We wanted to use key elements of the show while keeping the arrangements looking seasonal and garden-like. Our color palette involved varying shades of yellow flowers mixed with summer greens and berries -- yellow Dahlias, orange Dahlias, red -tipped yellow Roses, orange Spray Roses, yellow spray roses, yellow Alstromeria, green Hypericum berries and lemons.
One of the most interesting spaces we have seen in a while is the (newish) restaurant and bar The Collective. Located in the former One Little West 12th space, this new quirky spot could not be more different from its predecessor. The geniuses at ICRAVE Design used restored furniture pieces to decorate the interior and even recruited local artists to create installations throughout the space. Needless to say, The Collective isn't your ordinary bar & restaurant. For more photos of the interior click here!For the exterior floral design, we wanted to create something more simplistic and French garden inspired. We filled the ground level planters with assorted lush green ivy including English & Boston Ivy varieties, Boxwood, Dusty Miller and beautiful shades of Petunia's. The ivy has grown quite a bit since we originally planted and is creeping itself around the planters and the custom denim blue fence.The previous floral designer used plastic terracotta pots for the hanging plants and flowers. Instead, we replaced them with coco moss planters for a far more natural effect. This corner of Meatpacking is exposed to both intense sunlight in the spring and summer as well as bustling winds all year long. We suggested using vibrant silk flowers that would hold up against the terrain in varieties including Geranium, Fuchsia and Petunia. The result looked flawless and very seasonal!Special thanks to The One Group and Brad Schrager Photography!