Royal clothes designer and florist unite in aid of Chelsea Flower Show
A very regal display! Designer loved by the monarchy teams up with royal florist to create an amazing botanical-inspired fashion parade for the Chelsea Flower Show
- Royal couturier Catherine Walker & Co and royal florist Hayford & Rhodes united
- Got together to create ‘floral couture’ display inspired by Chelsea Flower Show
- Both worked with royal family, Catherine Walker designed dresses for Diana
The Chelsea Flower Show is in full bloom after opening to a VIP crowd, including the Queen, on Tuesday.
And on Wednesday the show got an extra regal touch when designer Catherine Walker & Co and royal florist Hayford & Rhodes staged a ‘floral couture’ display to celebrate the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea in Bloom ‘Summer of Love’ 2018.
Catherine Walker was responsible for Princess Diana’s famous Elvis dress and her design house continues to be a favourite with the royals, including the Duchess of Cambridge.
Hayford & Rhodes, which is an approved suppliers for the Historic Royal Palaces, united with the design house to dress model in a range of flower-embellished designs, including a floral wrap dress and a strapless bandeau frock adorned with poppies.
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On Wednesday royal couturier Catherine Walker & Co and royal florist Hayford & Rhodes staged a ‘floral couture’ display
The line was to celebrate the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea in Bloom ‘Summer of Love’ 2018
Additionally the headpieces worn by the models continued the floral theme, such as a sunhat adorned with delicate sunflowers, along with two statement hat bouquets.
Adding to the eye-catching looks were parasols covered in brightly-coloured daisies along with baskets of stunning floral arrangements.
Completing the ensembles the models sported coordinating make-up, with intricate flowers and butterflies painted onto their faces.
Catherine Walker & Co was brought to the forefront of fashion after being introduced by Vogue to Princess Diana, who championed the designer throughout her life.
Couture designer Catherine Walker & Co, ere responsible for Princess Diana’s famous ‘Elvis dress’, and Hayford & Rhodes, are approved suppliers for the Historic Royal Palaces
The brand was dounded in 1977 by the late Catherine Walker and her husband Said Cyrus.
Their designs are said to have shaped both Diana and the royal family’s style for decades.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s mother, for instance, wore a bespoke Catherine Walker outfit to Kate, Pippa and Prince Harry’s weddings, while Meghan Markle has already embraced the brand.
Meanwhile florist Hayford & Rhodes are on the palace’s approved list of suppliers, and are rated by Vogue magazine as one of the best wedding florists in London.
Additionally the headpieces worn by the models featured incredible designs, with one sunhat adorned with delicate sunflowers, along with two statement hat bouquets
The Chelsea Flower Show has been a staple in the royal calendar since Queen Alexandra opened it in 1913. Since her coronation in 1953, Elizabeth II has missed only two years of the event. She is patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, which was founded in 1804.
Earlier in the day, a stream of politicians and celebrities visited the gardens, set in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, just by the Thames.
Theresa May was one of the first through the gates, with her husband Philip. One garden which particularly caught her eye was the ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ entry.
The models were seen wearing a range of flower-embellished designs, including a floral wrap dress and a strapless bandeau frock adorned with poppies
The headpieces worn by the models featured incredible designs, with one sunhat adorned with delicate sunflowers, along with two statement hat bouquets
The Chelsea Flower Show is in full bloom after opening to a VIP crowd, including the Queen, on Tuesday
According to the Times, Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said the Prime Minister ‘was pointed to the cowpat’ in the exhibition and she said: ‘How wonderful.’
Other well known faces included gardening broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh, TV presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby and Environment Secretary Michael Gove.
This year, 168,000 visitors are set to see over 500 exhibits, including gardens, nurseries, floristry, educational displays and trade stands.
Princess Diana wearing a pink Catherine Walker suit to the Daily Star Gold Awards at the Savoy Hotel, London (left). Meghan Markle stepped out in the designer for the first time for the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2018
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