Willow Crossley launches faux flowers at OKA

Faux flowers are having a moment. Gone are the days of the plastic, unconvincing kind; these blooms are strikingly realistic and often cannot be differentiated from the real thing.

Faux flowers are having a moment. Gone are the days of the plastic, unconvincing kind; these blooms are strikingly realistic and often cannot be differentiated from the real thing. Joining the faux-flower brigade, Jane Packer recently launched a collection for Sainsbury’s while other leading retailers including John Lewis, Habitat and Neptune have all seen their artificial options flying off the shelves. And now, fresh from styling for the likes of Mulberry, Jo Malone and Liz Earle, florist Willow Crossley is set to launch a faux collection for OKA. We take a look at the three specially curated bouquets…

‘Tresco Hellbore’Fresh and inviting, this vivid green bouquet combines Hellebores with delicate Japanese Anemones.

‘Vaynor Rose’Perfect for a striking centrepiece, this dramatic arrangement features Phalaenopsis orchids, English roses and velvety Lamb’s Ear Leaves.

‘Combe Lily’The largest in the collection, this bountiful bunch features hydrangeas, lilies, miniature Cymbidium orchids and is finished with convincing ‘fauxliage’.

“I’m incredibly excited to have designed a faux collection for the first time,” explains Willow. “I wanted to bring the beauty and wildness of an English country garden into people’s homes in a practical way. There’s such a stuffiness surrounding faux flowers, but they’re a blessing if you can’t afford to dress your home in an abundance of the real thing. I still adore fresh flowers, but I’m convinced that the sheer realism and quality of modern faux blooms will entice even the most ardent florists.”

The Willow Crossley for Oka Collection will be launching in November 2016. Can’t wait? Get a copy of Willow’s upcoming book, Flourish, from 7th October.

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