Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Sshh! Brit Fashion x The Secret Garden @Harvey_Nichols

Lulu Kennedy's Tropical Terrace - Image © Harvey Nichols

Right now at Harvey Nichols in London, you can step into a world of sensory delight and intrigue thanks to a unique collaboration between the iconic store and some of the UK's hottest fashion designers.

A special installation entitled 'The Secret Garden' has rooted itself on the Fifth Floor Terrace of the flagship Knightsbridge store, showcasing an eclectic mix of design talent to celebrate the forthcoming Royal Horticulture Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.

From Peter Pilotto’s wooden and perspex sculpture drawing inspiration from exotic Indonesian flora and fauna - prints he also used in his SS12 collection (think shadows and silhouettes cast by leaves when looking through the jungle bush); to James Long’s glam rock meets kitsch bohemia ‘Bamboo Palace’ snug, complete with golden pineapples and seating, based on English eccentric Edward James’ surrealist garden, Las Pozas.
Roksanda Ilincic, known for her colour and tonal shades, applies her modern cool aesthetic to a living flowered wall; while Lulu & Co founder Lulu Kennedy redesigns the Fifth Floor terrace tabletops with a Maarten van der Horst for Lulu & Co. tropical Bird of Paradise vinyl motif - including glass vases holding vibrant exotic plants. 
But my personal favourite has to be the Marios Schwab hortus conclusus confessional, a sculpture/structure which acts as a modern day confessions box to share the most sensual secrets, created in collaboration with provocative artist Tom Gallant - it's also a clever twist on the commonal garden shed, 'The private made public, the garden shed made sacrilegious'.

James Long & Model Alex Dunstan Outside James’ ‘Bamboo Palace’ Snug - Image © Harvey Nichols

This fusion of flowery fashionable fun comes complete with a bespoke cocktail menu created in homage to the designers work, all made with Beefeater Gin; and also a specially created seasonal salad menu by Fifth Floor Chef Jonas Karlsson, influenced by all things herbaceous.

The Secret Garden designer terrace is open now until June 1st, and if like me you enjoy the *ahem*....odd tipple, check out the full designer/cocktail list below:

'Mary's English Garden Cocktails' - Image © Harvey Nichols

‘James Long Iced Tea’

Drawing inspiration from James’ exotic ‘Bamboo Palace’, this English punch is served in a sling glass and made using Beefeater 24 Gin, Earl Grey tea syrup topped with fresh apple juice and garnished with a hibiscus flower.

‘The Ilincic Martini’

Roksanda Ilincic’s Spring Summer 2012 collection was a vibrant collection of block colour. The Ilincic Martini mirrors this heady mix with a concoction of fresh strawberry, rose petal and Beefeater Gin, topped with a wisp of lavender foam and gold leaf accent.

‘Mary’s English Garden’

Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow? Served in a miniature watering can, this thirst quenching tipple beautifully celebrates the vivid prints for which Mary Katrantzou is best known. Combining Beefeater Gin, floral St Germain Elderflower Liqueur and fresh muddled raspberries, topped with pressed apple and cranberry juice.

‘The Schwab Martini’

Presented in a silver martini glass, this elegant cocktail which blends Beefeater Gin, maraschino liqueur, pressed lemon and fresh pear juice, beautifully reflects the mysterious metallic influences of Marios Schwab’s Spring Summer 2012 collection.

‘Pilotto Punch’

Peter Pilotto’s vibrant colours and graphic prints come to life in this delicious combination of Beefeater London Market Gin, fresh mint, lime jam, fresh raspberries and blueberry liqueur topped with Harvey Nichols Prosecco.

‘Lulu Martinez’

The exotic fruit and spice flavours of Beefeater London Market Gin are balanced with fresh lime, muddled cucumber, green chartreuse and fresh pineapple juice to create this mouth watering ode to Britain’s fashion MBE, Lulu Kennedy.

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