Thursday, December 15, 2011

Fashionista's Prêt-à-Portea Via London's Berkeley Hotel

Yummy Miu Miu heels, delicious Lanvin dresses and scrumptious Burberry trenches are so good, you just want to eat them up. Well now The Berkeley, invites fashionistas to nibble on Christian Louboutins, Valentino gowns and Stella McCartney body con dresses. Prêt-à-Portea is the Berkeley's fashionable and modern take of the high tea tradition.

The iconic British hotel's Prêt-à-Portea is served in the Caramel Room daily from 1pm to 6pm and girls about town can't get enough. The service includes a selection of loose leaf teas from Assam tea to Pear Caramel & herbal infusions like Posh Pomelo & Melon, Gorgeous Ginger and Chocolate Mint Truffle. the teas are accompanied by a mouth-watering selection of mini-skewers, taster spoons, elegant canapés and tea sandwiches. The best bit is the collection of cakes and fancies mimicking the latest fashions from the world’s finest designers. For Fall 2011 the selection includes:

  • Valentino orange and ginger clutch cake closed with oversized chocolate bow
  • Bottega Veneta colour blocking pink and gold pear mousse and clementine cremeux coat with matching macaroon button
  • Dolce & Gabbana signature gold starred chocolate éclair dress filled with hazelnut cream
  • Stella McCartney must-have polka dot sponge cake dress
  • Burberry Prorsum stylish black and white double breasted chocolate biscuit coat with snow white vanilla icing
  • Miu Miu winter spice glittery high-heeled shoe biscuit
  • Jill Sander pomegranate and grenadine mousse dress topped with colourful chocolate flower pattern
  • Lanvin show-stopping cassis bavarois dress with crème de mûre jelly topped with signature folded meringue
  • Sonia Rykiel striped chestnut cream and almond sponge cake dress complete with trendy metallic sparkles
    For Prêt-à-Portea reservations and delivery service, please call +44 (0)20 7107 8866. The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London. SW1X 7RL

    Tuesday, December 6, 2011

    From Bombay To Paris With Love - Chanel Pre Fall 2012

    Karl Lagerfeld took a breathtaking passage to India for his latest Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 Metiers d'Art show, inspired by the effervescence and vibrancy of India. The collection rightly named "From Bombay to Paris" featured some of the most beloved Indian sartorial touches From Nehru collars, sari-like draping, supple white leather boots which mimicked the chudhidar to fabulous dresses painstakingly drenched in Indian-inspired embellishments with a Chanel touch.

    The collection was a glamourous melange between Eastern and Western. Pink tweed met kurtas and immaculately tailored tuxedos jackets topped saris. Let's not forget the models, many of which were of Indian descent who were adorned in headdresses, tikkas and jingling anklets (Kind of sounds like a Bollywood song).

    The Chanel Pre-Fall show was indeed a spectacle, with the runway snaking around a lavish dinner party adorned with crystal chandeliers. Attendees included the usual editors, socialites and special guests including The Princess of Jaipur. The collection will be available come May via Chanel boutiques worldwide. We are counting the days. -LX

    Fashion Imitates Art, Art Imitates Fashion: Anselm Reyle For Dior

    Dior has dazzled us again with the brand's latest collaboration with Berlin based designer Anselm Reyle. The eccentric artist known for neon flashes, cameo prints and bold statements has shaken up the Avenue Montaigne couture house with his fresh take on Dior's most coveted handbags and accessories.

    "I loved working on the Lady Dior handbag. Most of my work build on objects that already exist, which I then transform. I applied the same philosophy," says Reyle.

    The collection is filled with Dior favorites reinterpreted by Reyle with vivid bursts of color, fluorescent camouflage and metallic leathers. 

    Anselm Reyle's Dior stunners made their debut at whimsical pop-up shop during Art Basel Miami Beach which concluded this past weekend. The exclusive collection will be available for purchase again in Dior boutiques on January 9th. 
    For information please visit -LX