Kate Spade president and creative director Deborah Lloyd is in town this week for the Chelsea Flower Show. On Wednesday night, she hosted an intimate dinner at South Kensington restaurant Daphne’s to celebrate the Flower Show and Chelsea In Bloom, the annual flower art competition produced by the Cadogan Estate in association with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
After the judging for Chelsea In Bloom was completed, Kate Spade was awarded with the Innovation Award for the brand’s gorgeous floral concept, created by Wild At Heart florist Nikki Tibbles, who made two giant pink flamingos, which will stand guard at the brand’s Sloane Square shop until May 23.
The theme for this year’s prize was Fairy Tales, which was interpreted by brands including Fendi, Jo Malone, Lulu Guinness, Agent Provocateur, Brown, Brunello Cucinelli, Club Monaco, facialist Sarah Chapman, which won Best Floral Display, and Smythson, which won the Highly Commended award. “A lot of people did Alice in Wonderland as a story but we’re the only one that pulled out the flamingoes,” added Lloyd, who planned to visit the Show this week. “I love English garden roses; they were in my bouquet when I got married. I love all the very traditional English flowers, like foxgloves and delphiniums. I’m not a cactus girl – that’s a boy thing.”
Liberty London Girl blogger Sasha Wilkins, a Chelsea In Bloom judge, said that it had been almost impossible to choose the winners because they were all so beautiful.
Above left; Nikki Tibbles and Deborah Lloyd, right; Tess Ward
Tibbles, who also created the table centerpieces of wild flowers and roses that sprouted from teacups, was among the dinner guests and had spent the day at the show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. “I love the old fashioned stuff,” she said. “With the garden displays, you sometimes feel like you’ve seen it all before but the main tent is just amazing: full of stunning lupines, begonias on steroids, floxgloves and sweet peas – and it smells incredible.”
Also at the dinner was actress Olivia Grant, presenter Lilah Parsons, Martha Ward, Tiphane de Lussy, cookbook author Tess Ward, jeweller Lara Bohinc and designer Marissa Montgomery, who all took home a charming teacup and saucer set by Kate Spade.
You can still cast your vote for the Chelsea In Bloom People’s Champion Award here.
Above left; Marissa Montgomery, right; Olivia Grant
Above left; Tiphane deLussy, Kim Hersov and Lara Bohinc, and right; Lilah Parsons