Saying it with flowers - whether an elaborate, overflowing cornucopia of flora or a faded clutch of petrol-station blooms - is recognised as a true sign of affection, and our Florist show is executed in a similar vein.
Celebrating ten years of SHOWstudio.com innovation, a clutch of fashion creatives have custom-crafted unconvetional corsages to celebrate our tenth birthday, include Antonio Marras of Kenzo, Jonathan Kaye of The Gentlewoman, art director Simon Costin and British couture stars Giles Deacon and Gareth Pugh. Alongside this custom display, which will grow throughout the months as new foliate tributes are added, floral still lifes abound in photography, sculpture and even film-projection: witness a whirling Kate Moss captured by Nick Knight for our 2007 Flowers For Kate project, and Daniel Brown's animated floral wallpaper unfurling up our staircase. Photography-wise, the heavyweights are Nick Knight, Sølve Sundsbø and Guy Bourdin, while sculptural pieces include a flower-massed headpiece by Andy Hillman, and Mary Temple's Light Fragment, recording the impressions of a springtime shadow across a fragment of hardwood floor and stucco wall.
Generally, I prescribe to the maxim of Dior muse Mitzah Bricard who unblinkingly replied, when asked for the name of her favourite florist 'Chez Cartier' - I'm not much one for the flowery stuff. Then again, like Cartier's finest, none of our silk, leather or platinum-print blooms are prone to wilting anytime soon.
Florist is open until 13 January at SHOWstudio Shop, 1-9 Bruton Place W1