“Always consult with the artists to reflect what’s going on in real time with a bit of optimism and fantasy,” says Meredith Corning of Meredith Corning PR.
Corning organized a group of artisans, event vendors and models to come together for an event billed as the first of its kind: Fleur de Muse, a virtual design showcase, on August 8 at Castle on Stagecoach in Little Rock .
The event was presented via social media to viewers who witnessed the latest fashion and flower trends: Couture wedding dresses from Tess Bridal; fashion floral accessories made with live flowers by Rose of Sharon Floral Design Studio; and Paul Rainwater’s clothes with Q Clothier. In addition to his custom men’s clothing, Rainwater has shown men’s-style, body-tailored women’s shirt dresses that he started designing last year.
A floral garden installation on the castle steps set the scene and served as the catwalk for the show whose models were Erica Watkins, Kiley Salge, Kyla Dishman, Samantha Anderson, Michaela Boothby, Stacy Heath, Alyson Perry, Chase Rackley and Joshua Ang Price. The models wore selfie sticks on the runway while sharing with their fans on social media. Viewers could log into any attendee’s Instagram account to learn about each member’s highlights throughout the day.
Artisanal hors d’oeuvres from Vibrant Occasions Catering were served to the models at the end of the parade, who tasted them by the pool: “Jar-Cute-eries”, mini-cold cuts in jars; Caprese pipettes – fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomato and fresh basil on a pipette filled with aged balsamic vinegar; hummus sprouts, garnished with marinated feta and served with vegetable crudités; and mini lox and bagels, homemade smoked salmon with dill cream cheese on a homemade mini bagel.
Rose of Sharon also released its latest product launch – floral accessories including necklaces, rings, anklets, hair clips, bracelets and more, made entirely of fresh flowers.
“[The] The goal of Fleur de Muse is to inspire other artists and designers who may be looking for new ways to present their work in a more sustainable way, ”says Althea Wiles with Rose of Sharon.
– Information and photos provided by Meredith Corning PR / Special photos in the Democrat-Gazette by Sydney Rasch