January 2015 Newsletter

Floral Trends - Volume 58

2015 Pantone Color of the Year – Marsala

By Kit Wertz

2015 Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

2015 Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

Annually the Pantone Color Institute: declares a particular hue to be the “Color of the Year”. Twice a year the company hosts representatives from various nations’ color standards groups to attend a secret two-day meeting in a European capital city. This collective group chooses a color that represents the current cultural zeitgeist.  In 2011, for example, color of the year, Honeysuckle, represented a way for our spirits to be lifted in times of stress (hint: recession).  The results of the meeting are published in Pantone View, which fashion designers, florists, and textile designers use to help guide their designs and future products.

From Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute:®

“Interesting on its own and a wonderful contrast for other hues, PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala serves as the foundation to the Spring/Summer 2015 palette. Sensual and bold, delicious Marsala is a daringly inviting tone that nurtures; exuding confidence and stability while feeding the body, mind and soul. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this robust shade incorporates the warmth and richness of a tastefully fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”  Pantone® tells us that this color pairs well with PANTONE 14-4102 Glacier Gray and PANTONE 14-4313 Aquamarine.

Marsala Flowers

Here are flowers we think represent the color of Marsala you can use in your floral designs this year. I searched through Sierra Flower Finder and the Mayesh Flower Library to find some fun and interesting flowers that come in shades that echo Marsala. Look for dusty reds and light burgundy flowers to find colors that will match a 2015 Marsala flower design palette. Pictured below are clockwise from top left: Burgundy Baby Artichoke, Brown Lisianthus, Blazing Fury Cymbidium Orchid, Black Prince Echeveria, Chocolate Cosmos, Dark Pink Astrantia, Sumathi Maroon Vanda Orchid and Leucadendron Teretifolia.
Marsala Flowers for 2015.

Flower Duet’s suggestion for Marsala colored flowers for 2015. Flowers are clockwise from top left: Burgundy Baby Artichoke, Brown Lisianthus, Blazing Fury Cymbidium Orchid, Black Prince Echeveria, Chocolate Cosmos, Dark Pink Astrantia, Sumathi Maroon Vanda Orchid and Leucadendron Teretifolia.

Floral Trends for 2015

Hair Wreaths Are Here to Stay

As we reported last month, floral crowns and hair wreaths continue to be on the rise as desired decoration for supermodels in fashion shows, brides, bridesmaids, flower girls and for parties. In the last few months, we’ve created floral crowns for four private parties and three weddings. We see this trend continuing through 2015 and it’s not just for weddings and runways!

PINTERESTWant to seem some lovely hair wreaths? Be inspired by these floral designers Celadon & Celery in New York City and Saipua in Brooklyn, New York.

Greenery Dominates Floral Designs for 2015

Greenery will dominated floral designs for 2015.

Entry florals we created for a wedding at a private home in Palos Verdes last month. This design featured four types of greenery including salal, ruscus, New Zealand Pittosporum and Geranium leaves.

Bespoke designers around Canada and the United States are embracing the local flowers and greenery trend. More and more designs are featuring lots of greenery and fewer blooms. But, the blooms are pricier garden roses, peonies, hydrangea and dahlias. Floral designs take on a less traditional shape with a decidedly asymmetrical feel.

If you want to see what’s being created in this fashion in a location near you, here are more than a few designers to follow:

Farm-To-Centerpiece Flowers in 2015

Debra Prinzing Slow Flowers Challenge

Debra Prinzing’s Christmas design based on her Slow Flowers movement to use only flowers grown locally in an Eco-friendly way. Photo: debraprinzing.com.

Wedding Couples and Party Planners Embracing Farm-to-Table Cuisine and Flowers

Slow Flowers gets its name from the Slow Food movement, which started in 1986 by Carlo Petrini and a group of activists who wanted to preserve local methods of producing livestock and agriculture, along with cooking methods. This philosophy inspires today’s farm-to-table craze. From an article in Architectural Digest, outdoor-living expert Debra Prinzing said, “People have been questioning the origins of their food and making informed food choices for decades and flowers are a part of agriculture, too, so we should be conscious of the way in which we consume them.”

Debra Prinzing's Slow Flower 2015 Challenge on Pinterest.com.

Debra Prinzing’s Slow Flower Challenge from Pinterest. You can upload a new design to this board each week to participate. Photo by Debra Prinzing.

Prinzing’s website, Slow Flowers, is dedicated to featuring farmers, floral designers and event stylists who grow, design and use locally grown flowers and plants. She advises that purchasing flowers should be as mindful and measured an act as putting food into your body.

Read more about this continuing trend in the New York Times: The Farm-to-Centerpiece Movement.

2015 Weekly Slow Flowers Challenge from Debra Prinzing

Our favorite flower book author, Debra Prinzing is offering a challenge to floral designers who use local flowers to post to her Slow Flowers Pinterest board a bouquet a week during 2015. Each design should be made with flowers grown within 50 miles of your home base. This is a great way to get out and find your local farmers and vendors who provide flowers and greenery near you and maybe to get into a little gardening on the side.

Flower Duet’s 2015  Schedule of Flower Arranging Classes

Flower Duet’s Studio Saturday Classes & Tours of the LA Flower District

beachy-white-floral-designsReserve these dates in your calendar for our upcoming classes at our floral design studio in Torrance.

January 17, 2015 – Saturday morning LA Flower Mart Tour & Class options featuring Winter Metallics

February 21, 2015 – Saturday morning LA Flower Mart Tour & Class options featuring Tulips

April 18, 2015 – Saturday morning LA Flower Mart Tour & Class options featuring Spring Bulbs

May 16. 2015 – Saturday morning LA Flower Mart Tour & Class options featuring Peonies

July 18, 2015 – Saturday morning LA Flower Mart Tour & Class options featuring Roses

September 12, 2015 – Saturday morning LA Flower Mart Tour & Class options featuring Zinnias & Dahlias

October 17, 2015 – Saturday morning LA Flower Mart Tour & Class options featuring Fall Harvest Flowers

November 21, 2015 – Saturday morning LA Flower Mart Tour & Class options featuring Thanksgiving themed Flowers

December 12, 2015- Saturday morning LA Flower Mart Tour & Class options featuring Evergreens with fresh holiday Flowers

Flower Duet’s Studio – Wednesday Night Wedding Series

Wedding SeriesReserve these dates in your calendar for our upcoming classes at our floral design studio in Torrance.

January 28, 2015 – Wednesday Wedding Series – Bouquets

February 25, 2015 – Wednesday Wedding Series – Centerpieces

March 25, 2015 – Wednesday Wedding Series – Personal Flowers

June 24, 2015 – Wednesday Wedding Series – Bouquets

July 29, 2015 – Wednesday Wedding Series – Centerpieces

August 26, 2015 – Wednesday Wedding Series – Personal Flowers

October 28, 2015- Wednesday Wedding Series – Bouquets

November 18, 2015 – Wednesday Wedding Series – Centerpieces

December 16, 2015 – Wednesday Wedding Series – Personal Flowers

Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens – Art of Floral Design Series

Spring FlowersMore info on our Huntington Library page. Register online.

March 21, 2015 – Saturday – Spring Flowers
Adults & Kids Classes

June 27, 2015 – Saturday – Garden Roses
Adults & Kids Classes

More to come in 2015 at The Huntington Library!

South Coast Botanic Garden Floral Design Classes

Summer Vase FlowersMore info under Programs and Events at The South Coast Botanic Garden website. Register with Guest Services: 310-544-1948.

January 25, 2015 – Sunday – Winter White Beach Flowers

March 15, 2015 – Sunday – Spring Ranunculus Flowers

May 31, 2015 – Sunday – Colorful Summer Flowers in a Vase

More to come in 2015 at The South Coast Botanic Garden!

Oh-My-Garland: Tools for Making Garlands

By Casey Coleman-Schwartz

Garland Photo

Custom-made garland by Flower Duet adorns statue. Photo by Casey Schwartz.

Kit and I have a Dad whose regular advice was to always have the right tools when you are doing a job. To make garlands, the tools we use include waxed twine, paddle wire, gloves (see tool article below), tape measure and wire cutters.

For our last event of the year, our team of designers made over 10 garlands, each 6- feet long for a wedding. To keep the garland fresh as possible, we made them less than 24 hours before the wedding inside a very cool studio space.

We combined an international array of locally grown New Zealand Pittosporum, olive tree, eucalyptus, imported Italian and Israeli ruscus, and salal from the Pacific Northwest.

With our paddle wire in hand and our hands protected by very simple yet genius gloves, the team bundled and layered handfuls of bright greenery to build many fluffy creations.  These garlands adorned  each table in a lush circle of greenery around statues of dogs which the bride had purchased to represent all the dogs who had been in her life.

Flower garland puppies

Metal dog sculptures were surrounded by lush greenery and flowers. Each dog represented a dog the bride had throughout her life. Photo and flowers by Flower Duet.

Book Review: Flowers in Love

flowers in love bookIf your love is creating floral designs that make you happy and make your clients happy, this is a lovely series of books in which to find inspiration.

Author and designer Moniek Vanden Berghe has combined her flowers in an amazing creative way to wow her clients and her readers. She is a graphic designer turned floral designer, and so in turn has a creative eye for what works well together.

Her fourth book of Flowers in Love is blooming this month and is printed in both Dutch and English. She also has a range of books outside of the Flowers in Love series that all look amazing.

Floral Design Tool: Gloves

Gloves for garland makings.

Gloves come in pairs – perfect for creating garlands or detail work like making wired corsages.

These gloves are stretchy, offer a perfect fit, feature only half fingers in the Thumb, Pointer and Middle fingers and gives protection on the palm and the rest of your hand.

They also have little grip dots so that wire and cutters don’t slip out of your hands. They provide warmth and protection while working with lots of branches. These gloves also are great to use if making boutonnieres and corsages in a chilly environment like a floral cooler, leaving your non-gloved fingers available for the detail work.

We found this line of gloves at a local chain called Daiso and are happy to fill orders if you are not in the area of these stores. They are $5 including shipping.

Grippy floral gloves.

The gloves keep your thumb, pointer and middle fingers free to do detail work. The palms are covered in grippy dots to help grasp stems.

2 Comments
  1. What a happy way of ending the day! Knowing your activities and discovering our flower arrangements are going the same direction….marsala tones and lots of green folliages! I will keep in touch….eco fríendly artists!

0 Pings & Trackbacks

Leave a Reply