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PROFILE TREND WATCH How to keep your blooms fashion forward as were 2am starts sneaking into the flower market before it opened in order to bag the best blooms.. Three years after starting out, the team received a frantic call because the florist had let down the organisers of Vanity Fair’s charity gala at the Serpentine Gallery. It was one of the biggest of that season’s bashes and there was no way Ellis and team wanted to say no – despite having only days to put together elaborate topiary to wow London’s smart set. It went so well that McQueens has created installations for the Vanity Fair Oscar’s after show party ever since, as well as displays for the annual White House Correspondent Dinner, the Wimbledon Champion’s Ball, and Evening Standard Theatre Awards. If you drew up a list of London’s top, most luxe hotels, the chances are you’d find McQueens there. McQueens creates all the floral installations at Claridges, and also has a shop there – both companies valuing, “Glamour, style and luxury”. Working with flowers “ruins your hands” and is physically exhausting with all the early starts and the heavy lifting of blooms and vast vases and tubs filled with water. The next stage for McQueens is global expansion, driven by Managing Director, Richard Eagleton. With schools recently opened in Seoul, New York and China and many more to come across several continents. Looking at McQueens early and current designs, colours come and go, but it’s always been the boldness of the blooms that have taken centre stage. Abundant and naturalistic, if there’s one trend that McQueens has established it’s letting flowers be flowers. Which might not sound a big deal until you realise that 90’s flowers were wired to within an inch of their life and presented fussily in boxes. Delicate asparagus fern is enjoying an incredible comeback and adds a dreamy, frothy accent yedoers are a key trend, and give party planners the opportunity to colour-match an event’s colour theme oliae isn’t just a backdrop for showier blooms. It’s increasingly taking centre stage, adding showstopping height or naturalistic lines to arrangements eaneone will never go out of fashion with McQueens. It’s one of the founders favourite flowers and symbolic of its heritage and features prominently in McQueens’ rebrand and new website Clever packaging Why have glorious fresh flowers packed in unnecessary plastic? A new initiative has eliminated 80% of cellophane in McQueens’ bouquets Visit mcqueens.co.uk for information on flower schools, shops and online ordering. Visit @mcqueensflowers on Instagram and YouTube for inspiration. SUMMER 19 ★ schoolnotices.co.uk 55

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