New York is full of inspiration but I chose to focus on the architecture for this piece. The fabrics were carefully chosen in a grey tone palette to pay homage to the massive stone and concrete buildings that define Manhattan.
The sea of windows that seductively wink back at you throughout the city are represented by the vintage square crystal buttons that you see scattered about the bouquet. Each one plays with the light and will flash rainbows at you if you give them the chance. The vintage faceted crystal balls represent the iconic ball that will drop in Times Square ushering in another year full of promise and intrigue. Pleated silk chiffon leaves add strong defined lines and contrast with the gentle curve of the silk fabric flowers.
Each flower is hand cut and formed, looking closely you will see two different dupioni silks and a silver silk satin. Freshwater pearls mingle with the rhinestones. Smooth elements compliment textured ones and the entire ensemble marries together to form the New York Bouquet.
Please join me in welcoming 2011 and raise a glass to remember to not let the journey of life get in the way of the experience of life. Happy New Year!