Despite the rain, despite the clouds, Paris shines… in so many different ways. This past weekend my eyes went looking for the lighter shades of Paris… the washed out hues… the ever changing, too-many-to-count shades of cream or ‘greige’ that Paris displays so beautifully.
How many colour variances there are in the stone facades… the light plays, the patina… the rain… every angle throws a different hue… the accents from the wrought iron balconies, the mansard roofs… the sky’s reflection… a giant ‘greige’ palette that only Paris can paint.
Perhaps this was what Jeff Leatham was thinking when he filled the Hotel Georges V with white phalaenopsis orchids… so many, so perfect… not a bloom out of place nor a bloom over blown.
Leatham has no trouble creating impact… he is world renowned for his floral displays at Hotel Georges V… but these white beauties reinforced to me that using multiples of the same variety when working with flowers is a fail proof recipe… At Hotel Georges V… more is most definitely more…
Height and reflection seem to be the keys to Jeff Leatham’s work… the mirrored planters magnify the orchids and the varying heights give the impression of grandeur. The foyer of this hotel is voluminous and the decor is impressive… his orchids hold their own.
The simplicity of the white phalaenopsis seemed to highlight every ‘greige’ surface… inside and outside… Looking over my photographs of the weekend I saw that the neutrals had attracted me… been my focus…
The apartment facades, the entrance to the Hotel Georges V… even the doorman at Dior seemed to be cast in the same light.
Paris wears her neutrals well… xv
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