1. Ricky Yeo x Bvlgari
The more peculiar a plant, the more he is intrigued and compelled to use it, says the former journalist. The botanical star of his arrangement is the bluish purple-white species of the bird of paradise. It’s surrounded by deep chocolate-hued philodendron, the graphic leaves of the Alocasia amazonica, and a sprig of budding red passion flowers he had chanced upon. He says: “The bouquet is wild and wayward as it is dark and mysterious, and is a perfect foil to the opulence and colour of the jewellery.”
2. John Lim & Humid House x Mikimoto
“I just want to make things that confound and delight,” says Lim of the work his team does as “botanical designers”. The jeweller’s pearls are camouflaged amid snowberries, which resemble clusters of pearls and happen to be in season, “so that they reveal themselves only upon closer inspection”. The use of purple sand and a model with white hair and alien-coloured skin create a sense of the unnatural – a cheeky nod to the origin of cultured pearls. Says Lim: “(I guess we came up with the idea of) a jewellery-loving technicolour mermaid who washed up on the beach of a distant planet, caught up in the detritus of the shore.” Yup, weird, but also delightful indeed.
3. Zaki Jamil x Chanel
As an officer at the National Parks Board’s Native Plant Centre, he conserves and promotes endemic species of botany. That somewhat activist streak continues here in his arrangements that feature the mauve red bract of the ornamental banana (opposite) — “it has one of the most bizarre flower structures ever” — and Mussaenda erythrophylla “Dona Luz” (below), which somehow always brings back memories of his ’90s childhood. He says: “My intention is to showcase common garden flowers that are often disregarded, in a different light.”
Photography Veronica Tay Art Direction Adeline Eng
This story first appeared in Female’s October 2018 issue.