Inside Celebrity Stylist Kate Young’s Whimsical St-Germain Bash

Talk about an epic way to ring in Bastille Day.

In honor of the upcoming French National Day, celebrity stylist Kate Young transformed the stunning Little Beach House Malibu in Malibu, Calif. into a dreamy Parisian oasis dripping with florals and St. Germaine cocktails for the 2nd Annual Maison St-Germain bash Tuesday evening.

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“Would you like a spritz?,” a modelesque server in a cream jumpsuit said as she handed us a St. Germain Spritz upon entry. As we took a sip of the refreshing concoction whipped up with St. Germain, champagne and lemon twist, we strolled through a gorgeous, elderflower-infused, colorful floral tunnel created by Jeff Leatham, before my pale yellow Charlotte Olympia stillettos tapped the edge of a glowing St. Germain symbol.

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We had arrived.

Inside of the 10,000 square foot beachfront home, guests wined and dined with St. Germain cocktails in hand in their best chic beach looks, noshing on lamb chops, pizza, and cones of sweet potatoes topped with anchovies.

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Nina Dobrev, Dakota Johnson, and January Jones were all on hand to enjoy – and celebrate – their stylist and friend, Young. Dobrev sported a flirty white Altuzarra dress the fashion mogul picked out for her, the Fifty Shades of Grey star rocked a black crop topped with a bow paired with high-waist denim trousers, and the Mad Men alum stunned in a Shoshanna strapless cut-out red floral dress.

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“I wanted to support Kate,” Dobrev told us. “She has such an impeccable sort of vision. It’s so classy. Anything she associates with or is involved in is top notch, fantastic, and fabulous.” She continued, “As soon as I walked in,  there were elderflowers everywhere…it was so pretty. I have been to Soho House before, but it felt like I was somewhere else.”

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The numerous elderflowers staged around the event served as a celebration of the thousands of elderflowers harvested once a year to create St. Germain, and there were plenty of activities to keep guests entertained throughout the night (aside from posing with those).

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From enjoying The Rouge and Brin Vert St. Germain cocktails by the ocean on the patio to crystal readings in an upstairs deck by stylist-turned-Shaman Colleen McCann (the line was really long for that) to a stimulating rooftop jardin designed by Nine & Eye, the event had it all.

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Even a temporary tattoo station, where guests took a seat to get stamped with their own elderflower-inspired ink.

“The St. Germain Spritz cocktail is made from elderflowers, and there’s a thousand flowers in the bottle, so we were thinking a lot about how to represent the thousand flowers in each bottle,” Young, who looked effortlessly stylish as usual in a floral Gucci dress, told us with the cocktail in hand.

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“I like the idea of a flower tunnel and sort of being surrounded and having to walk through a thousand flowers to get here.”

Maison St- Germain marked Young’s first-ever immersive installation, and it’s safe to say she nailed it. As for whether she’ll venture out from styling her clients to decking out decor at events and homes, it’s safe to say the fashionista will be sticking to her roots.

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“No,” she responded with a laugh when we asked if there would be more interior/event design moments to come. “I did my house.”

Still, we’re keeping our fingers crossed.

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Take a peek at our fave cocktail recipe from the event:


1 oz Grey Goose La Poire

1 oz St~Germain French Elderflower liqueur

½ oz fresh lime juice

2 dashes rhubarb bitters

1 dash grapefruit bitters

Top with dry pear cider (Pear Sassy Cider)

Method: Shaken. Serve in rocks glass with kold draft 2” cubes. Garnish with fresh basil and grapefruit slice.

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