During Paris Fashion Weeks, I often find myself at the George V
hotel for various appointments–a collection preview in one of the suites, perhaps, or a meeting in the Salon du Thé
. Many Americans adore staying at this hotel because the service is impeccable, and–since it’s a Four Seasons property–it’s comfortably familiar. But I’m a true Francophile, and for me the George V
feels a touch too American. That said, there is something I look forward to whenever I visit the hotel–not the décor
or the staff’s very charming welcome (both of which are lovely, of course), but the amazing floral designs created by the George V
‘s Artistic Director, Jeff Leatham
. This talented American isn’t simply a florist
: he’s more like an artist who works with flowers. His arrangements are the opposite of fussy–they’re bold and dramatic, with one or two shades of the same flower used over and over again, and often displayed in tall vases spaced geometrically throughout the lobby. (In fact, Jeff’s floral masterpieces can be so striking, I sometimes snap pictures of them!) And while it may seem ironic that an American is the designated Artistic Director for such a quintessentially Parisian hotel, I can relate: Jeff and I obviously share the same sort of European sensibility, and a similar appreciation for Parisian aesthetics!