Friday Fleurs: Inside Dior's Retro-Style Lunch at Le Petit Paris
A Pinterest-worthy recap of the chicest blooms and fashion fetes of the week, including Dior's dreamy seascape and Neiman Marcus' Mad Hatter tea party with tulips aplenty.
Dior Beauty Dinner and Oceanfront Lunch in Cannes
Dior, take deux—diner et le déjeuner. On May 9, Dior Beauty hosted an intimate dinner at Château de la Colle Noire, a countryside estate near Grasse that was originally purchased by Monsieur Dior in 1951. VIPs such as Charlize Theron (a face of Dior), Bella Hadid and THR power stylist Leslie Fremar dined by candlelight on the historic grounds. Dior himself grew scented roses, jasmine and grapevines, and produced his own olive oil and wine on the estate—it was also where he dreamed up his iconic fragrances. Pink and white fleurs including centifolia roses lined one long table. Fireworks finished off the spectacular evening hosted by LVMH chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault.
On May 11, the Parisian house feted the brand's new Cannes boutique (7 Boulevard de la Croisette) with cocktails and lunch at Le Petit Paris restaurant’s private beach terrace. Retro-style dove gray-and-white striped cabana changing rooms (think seaside in To Catch A Thief), Dior lifeguard rings, wooden folding chairs and tables filled with mini arrangements of wild blooms in delicate spring shades of white, lilac and blush greeted guests including Chinese actress Liu Yifei, who is a beauty ambassador for Dior in China, and Dior CEO Sidney Toledano. Individual place cards on the dining tables were origami boats, especially charming given the backdrop.
Matches Fashion x Emilia Wickstead Afternoon Tea
To celebrate Emilia Wickstead's debut capsule collection for MatchesFashion.com, the designer co-hosted an English tea on May 11 with the company's founders Tom and Ruth Chapman at Eric Buterbaugh's floral design studio in West Hollywood. Assorted garden blooms were inspired by the prints on Wickstead's summery cotton dresses and skirts—the designer wore a sundress with her favorite flowers, hydrangeas (“I just love hydrangeas…especially blue ones.”). Buterbaugh’s team used green viburnum, light pink Keira garden roses, Mother's Choice peonies and blush sweet peas throughout the open-air space, including a rustic floral wall at the entrance. Guests including Jennifer Meyer, Nasiba Adilova and red carpet stylist Petra Flannery sipped hibiscus lemonade and champagne with strawberries in addition to traditional English tea (served in vintage floral china tea cups). A selection of tea sandwiches and homemade confections—petit cream scones with churned butter, clotted cream and local jam, sea salt and valhrona chocolate-dipped Scottish shortbread, mini profiteroles with vanilla bean cream and apricot preserves, mini meyer lemon possets and macarons— were also on the menu.
Mad Hatter Tea at Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills
Timed to Alice Through the Looking Glass (in theaters May 27), Disney and Neiman Marcus co-hosted a private Mad Hatter-themed tea party at the Beverly Hills outpost. Mackenzie Childs patterned china and checked linens, Queen of Heart place cards and vibrant parrot tulips, roses and hydrangeas were all part of the whimsical tablescape. "Brightly colored garden flowers in contrasting hues are a feast for the eyes! Apothecary jars and other unusual containers add a sense of playfulness to the table," said John Kelly, a member of the Neiman Marcus visual team, who was responsible for the #Flowerstagram-worthy arrangements. Triple-tier platters were filled with charming sweets and tea sandwiches by The Peninsula hotel's pastry chef Stephanie Boswell—mini cakes featured illustrations from the original Lewis Carroll fairytale. A special Mad Hatter tea service will be available exclusively at the Beverly Hills store’s Mariposa restaurant beginning May 18 to June 6 ($45/per person for Signature Tea service; $55/per person for Grand Tea service, including Gloria Ferrer Private Cuvee Brut; $60/per person for Royal Tea service including Etoile Brut Rose). Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood's fantastical fashions from the film starring Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Mia Wasikowska will also be on display in the Beverly Hills store windows on May 18.