Friday Fleurs: A Dreamy Garden Takes Over a Beverly Hills Luncheon
A Pinterest-worthy recap of the chicest blooms and fashion fetes of the week, including Eric Buterbaugh's pink peonies and Delvaux's magical suspended garden.
Eric Buterbaugh Florals x Saks Fifth Avenue Dinner
To celebrate the arrival of his eponymous fragrance collection, Eric Buterbaugh Florals, at Saks Fifth Avenue, the A-list floral designer and his business partner, Fabrice Croise, threw a dinner party on May 25 for friends including Courteney Cox, Rachel Zoe, Monique Lhuillier and Rosetta Getty with help from co-hosts Jennifer Meyer, Sara Foster and Crystal Lourd. Buterbaugh’s West Hollywood studio was decked out with peonies and 400 votive candles in the garden area.
"The inspiration for the decor was elegance in a sort of old-world way. … That's why we did the classic plates and etched Venetian glasses. We used coral charm and burgundy peonies in gold cups — and, to add a modern touch, we tied two or three of the peonies in each arrangement with thin gold-metal thread. I call it 'bondage flowers,' which speaks to my sense of humor, but the metal thread also picks up light and gives subtle sparkle," Buterbaugh tells The Hollywood Reporter.
The florist and his team added gold classic taper holders with tall white taper candles to further play up the elegant vibe. Guests dined on summer cherry tomatoes with burrata and wild arugula, seared free-range chicken with tomatillo and dried-apricot "tagine" and lemon-meringue tartlets and chocolate-dipped macaroons. "The table was extra crowded with people, so lots of energy and fun — and lively music," says Buterbaugh. The eight EB Florals scents are Regal Tuberose, Thorns Rose, Virgin Lily of the Valley, Velvet Lavender, Fragile Violet, Sultry Rose, Apollo Hyacinth and Celestial Jasmine ($295 for 100 ml, $495 for 250 ml, at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores).
Photos courtesy HL Group
Delvaux x Barneys New York Garden Terrace Lunch, Beverly Hills
Barneys New York, Ann Dexter-Jones and Annabelle Dexter-Jones hosted an intimate lunch on May 24 to fete Belgian accessories label Delvaux at Freds in Beverly Hills. Guests were treated to nicoise salad, Belgian pommes frites and a trio of pear, raspberry and mango sorbets. The restaurant terrace was transformed into an "ethereal garden," courtesy of florist Michelle Abbrecht from 19 Stems Designs.
"We wanted to bring a bit of the French countryside to Beverly Hills," says Abbrecht, who built an impressive 30-foot-long hanging garden in assorted shades of green and white, with soft blush accents. "The floral decor was designed so guests would feel as if they were dining underneath a magical garden."
French countryside-esque blooms included silver dollar eucalyptus, lush green hanging amaranthus, variegated ivy, white larkspur, pink and white chamelaucium, snapdragons and Polo and Faith roses. "These were hung from a structure created using birchwood branches," notes Abbrecht. The tablescape included alternating arrangements of pink Carey garden roses and Sarah Bernhardt peonies. "My favorite flower is a peony, in either pale pink or nude. I find the light and fluffy nature of peonies to be very feminine; they are, on the one hand, very elegant and precious flowers, but more simple and serene than a rose — simplicity is the ultimate sophistication," says Delvaux’s artistic director, Christina Zeller, who made her first trip out to Los Angeles for the luncheon. "I didn’t have a ton of time to explore, but I stayed at the Chateau Marmont, so I think I did L.A. in-style!"
Photos: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Barneys New York