What’s In or Out? Design Style Trends

The results from last week were almost unanimous. The color that’s “IN” this year is: purple.

This week I’d like to talk about overall design style: modern, traditional or eclectic. Even though each client has a very specific point of view on this issue, and I try to accommodate her taste, I find that there is one particular look more and more clients around the world are asking for, making it the current “IN” for everything from furniture to flowers.

I have had the pleasure of working with one designer I think is a genius floral architect by the name of Daniel Ost. I think he is brilliant with an eclectic look. I also had the pleasure in meeting Mr. Jeff Leatham in Paris. He is Mr. Modern himself with his amazing creations. However, when I did Ivanka Trump’s wedding, I was pleasantly surprised that this young beautiful New Yorker, loved a classic traditional look for her wedding.

So, in your experience which of these is “IN” for 2010?



(From Jeff Leatham’s book Les Fleurs)


place settings, table setting,flowers,wedding centerpieces,bouquets,arrangements

Ivanka’s wedding



(From Daniel Ost’s book Invitations)

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  • http://www.carolrame.ca Carol

    Love the traditional look

  • kendra

    I tend to get more modern designs, less traditional as of late.

  • http://www.perfectweddingflowers.com Georgianne Vinicombe

    Definately traditional is in with my brides with many going back to ceramic and metal containers, etc instead of contemporary styled glass vessels. As always, enjoy your blog!

  • Rasa

    all 3 looks amazing!!!!

  • http://www.flowersbybornay.blogspot.com Bornay

    Love traditional and modern. both in 2010!

  • http://www.privateweddingsandevents.com Mindy

    I love the Modern look!! Jeff Latham’s designs are AWESOME!!!!

  • http://www.thebridesb.com Debbie Welch

    I love the modern look- simple clean elegant lines that show off the beauty of each flower but I am still doing a lot of traditional wedding designs. It just doesn’t wow me any more. But then it is not about me!

  • http://www.rosesflowersandgifts.com Rosalba Fasan-Buffat

    My personal favorite is traditional but the venue and the style of the couple makes me love each style in it’s own way

  • Melody

    Modern with traditional touches.

  • http://www.acharlestonevent.com Elyn Rahman

    Traditional is always IN and never seems to go out of style. My personal favorite though is young, trendy and modern. I think a lot depends on the venue and the personality of the clients.

  • Michael

    We are doing about a 40:60 modern:traditional mix and even a combination of both styles

  • http://applemackenzie.wordpress.com/ Apple

    MODERN! I love it… but I always appreciate the traditional. Whatever the style, it always matches the couple perfectly.

  • Mabel Nadal

    whatever my clients like…may it be modern,traditional or eclectic.. they’re wish is my command. But, if it’s for MY wedding? ECLECTIC will definetely tbe the “IN” for 2010.

  • http://www.lkflorist.com Isabelle Ching

    well, three design to me it’s nice & the feeling also different! but, if for the “IN” for 2010 i will choice Eclectic!

  • http://DreamEvent4You Gisele chalhoub

    I like the Modern look!!!

  • http://www.colorandlightatelier@blogspot.com Melissa Rakowski

    Definitely Traditional!

  • http://www.marayahscreations.com Marayah

    Traditional with a splash of modern :)

  • http://www.redesigndiva.com Kindle@RedesignDiva.com

    For a wedding the traditional look wins hands down! I am generally an eclectic type, but that traditional is singing, HELLO!

  • http://www.creativeweddingsandoccasions.com Cathy

    What can I say? I’m traditional too!

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  • http://www.DogwoodTreeFloralDesigns.com Mel

    A tie between Modern and Traditional seems to be coming into my shop for this fall and next year. I am very suprised that most of my Brides, are asking for all low table arrangements. Seems tall is on the way out.

  • Kanika

    From my experience I feel that for a pre ore a post wedding function, whats in is more neo classic. Something clean, contemporary and what’s fun is to give this the essence of luxury. However for the real wedding day, ethnic and more traditional what’s in. In the neo classic space, more pastals and lighter shades such as move, peach are in. When we go ethnic, the focus is on louder colors like gold, reds et. All. Comments please?

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  • http://www.silverleafevent.com Navjot

    I really feel that creative designer should be versatile and yet leave there own signature as a mark. The designer may opt to do traditional or eclectic when there are no demands or client leaves up to you.

  • http://YOURWEBSITE rupal

    hi preston i m a very big fan of your work and just love reading your blog as its so informative and thanx so much for sharing so many of your wonderful ideas. u cannot imagine how helpful it is to get to know so many different aspects of event designing. plz always continue.

  • http://www.amicievents.com Luisa Selman

    both Modern and Traditional. But I find my brides are looking for fresh, clean and stylish with a Pow look!

  • http://floralstudio.ro Sorin Stoian

    Hy Preston, as an answer to your question I whant to tell you that I really apreciate your work, as well as Mr. Ost or Mr. Leatham, but the difference beetwen you and them is that you work allmost as an event designer and you are specialised in this area. They are two of the most valorous florists but I can say that they never had the chance to work from 80′s till now with amazing bugets and celebrities. As a conclusion you are a lucky guy with a huge talent and the best event designer, as well they rock the floristry with technique and style… but indeed YOU’re IN.

    Thank you for being such a great talent !!

  • http://www.ivorypearlbridal.wordpress.com Margaret Ivory – Ivory Pearl Bridal

    I love modern with an eclectic twist.

  • http://www.thebridalbar.ie {ailish}

    really love the stark contrast between green & orange in the modern floral display

  • http://www.google.com/ Mina

    Haha, shouldn’t you be charging for that kind of knoelwgde?!

  • http://YOURWEBSITEwww.flowersandstyle.com Georgia

    your are the best give me some secrets

  • http://www.platinumfloraldesigns.com Tina

    hands down, traditional was all the rave in my 2010 wedding design

  • http://www.ILoveMyPlanner.net Vanessa Alce (I Love My Planner)

    I had a mix of both modern and traditional.

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