Virtuoso Life - November/December 2017 - 77
Style & Design
summer orchid installations at George V.
I learn so much whenever I go to Asia.
What are the differences between working
in Paris and in Los Angeles? In Paris, we go
through 12,000 blooms a week, with a $1.2
million budget and a staff of 12 people. In
L.A. we have the same vibe, but with a staff
of seven. It's more about deliveries in L.A.,
and a version of the Leatham experience delivered to people's homes. It's also about the
studio experience; guests can come watch
us work at the Four Seasons Los Angeles.
What are a few of your career highlights?
Opening the Four Seasons George V made
my career, hands down. Another highlight
was designing Tina Turner's wedding. I've
been so lucky to work with iconic artists
whom I respect, like Adele.
A few years ago, I was knighted by the
French government at the Palace of Versailles. To be honored for my work as an artist with the title of Chevalier of the Order
of Arts and Letters - awarded to very few
Americans - was obviously a career high.
Tell us about your engagement, which could
be called The Greatest Engagement of All
Time. Cher is a great friend of mine, and "I
Got You Babe" is one of [my husband's and
my] songs. I asked her if she'd do a mini singalong, projected on an enormous screen, and
Leatham and (left) a
lobby display at the
Four Seasons in L.A.
then introduce me before I got on my knees.
We were watching Steel Magnolias outside at Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Cabo. All
of a sudden, the movie stopped and Cher
came on the screen. After we got engaged,
there were fireworks set to Bruno Mars'
song "Marry You." When we got back to our
room, the hotel had spelled out HE SAID
"YES" in rose petals on the bed.
What is something that people don't know
about you? I'm inspired by cinema and de-
sign from the 1950s and '60s - midcentury
modern furniture and artwork. I'm a huge
Marilyn Monroe fan and collect memorabilia of hers. I recently watched A Star Is
Born with Judy Garland. There's a scene
with a giant, gorgeous flower wall, which is
now the most popular thing for weddings
and parties. That movie was released in
1954! Everything has been done before.
I lead a big life now, but I grew up on
a ranch in Utah. My grandfather was a
rancher, and it's a piece of me that I hold
close to my heart. I go back a couple of
times a year.
Favorite spots in his home cities.
L.A. Point Dume. "You pay a fee to
park and you can walk the beach
in Malibu for miles."
The Palm Los Angeles. "They
have the best martinis ever and
caricatures on the wall of '70s
The Marilyn Monroe booth at The
Beverly Hills Hotel. "It's this little
booth at the end of the restaurant
over by the piano. The last time I
walked by there, Nicole Kidman
was seated in that booth."
Mr. Chow. "They have the best
The Ivy. "Being a kid who
grew up in the '80s and '90s,
it was a place where, when you
came to L.A., you'd go, 'Oooh,
that's where you go to see movie
stars.' There's thousands of flowers everywhere."
PARIS Chez André. "It has the best
French onion soup ever, and the
lentil salad is amazing."
Hôtel Costes. "A staple on my list
to get Moscow mules."
The bar at the Four Seasons
George V. "There are a couple of
drinks there that I helped create."
Ralph's at the Ralph Lauren store.
"They have the best hamburger
and the most amazing filet
mignon. You sit there in your
turtleneck next to the fire."
Café de Flore. "It's where all the
artists and poets and authors sit
outside and hang out."
"The best place in Paris is along
the Seine. Grab a bottle of Champagne or wine and sit there with
your friends or the one you love
and take in the beauty of Paris."
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