Taking inspiration in haute couture and fashion trends, luxe hotels are now pairing with designer houses because what better way to showcase a fashion line than to lovers of fanfare and fashion chic. More 21st century but retaining the fuss and fancy. It’s less scones and clotted cream and in its place is chocolate foam and salted caramel. Both high tea lovers and fashion followers alike will lap up the tea trend to follow already dubbed, the ‘fashion tea’!
The crème de la crème of fashion teas is the Prêt-à -Portea Tea at The Berkeley London. Cakes and bakes at this superb afternoon tea are inspired by the catwalk and have variously featured designers such as Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Elie Saab, Valentino, Chanel and the flavor of this season, Christian Dior. The menu sees a change during the fashion seasons of Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter. They have created fashion teas for a decade now, so definitely give one a try. Think Burberry Trench chocolate biscuits, the Bar Suit from Dior’s debut collection, an Oscar de la Renta princess gown sponge, a Manolo Blahnik ginger biscuit, a vanilla biscuit and royal icing masquerading as a J’Adior slingback. This afternoon tea serves a choice of loose leaf from an extensive tea menu.
In Paris, home of fashion, you can enjoy a fashion tea at Le Lobby restaurant at The Peninsula. It offers a Mediterranean-themed afternoon tea in collaboration with FRED, the LVMH-owned jewelry brand.
If there’s a city that’s welcomed and embraced the fashion tea, it’s got to be Hong Kong. One of the biggest society-dos this year was the fashion tea at The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong,in partnership with Italian fashion house, Giuseppe Zanotti. High fashion making up the setting, it featured the latest collection of Zanotti’s heels at hand with an uber fancy menu featuring rich eats like foie gras macarons and moscato tarts.
The Winston Garden in the Peninsulais the fashion tea by jewelry brand Harry Winston with the Peninsula Hotels in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. A summer event, it’s inspired by the Harry Winston floral collection of forget-me-nots, lotus cluster, sunflower and lily cluster. Think beetroot bagels with smoked salmon rose and cream cheese, or raspberry macarons and dill-marinated cucumber and tomato bread. Harry Winston teaspoons are part of the doggy bag.
The HK Tatler also reports another fashion tea for the season, by Kerry Hotelfor a sweet and savory menu inspired by French jeweler Les Néréides’ Spring/Summer collection.
French luxury brand By Terry collaborates with The Langham, also in Hong Kong for a tea that’s more than salmon and peaches as it celebrates the pink rose!
In Bangkok, the St. Regis hotel and Italian jewelry brand MISIS have created Gems of the Sea, an afternoon tea of seabeds and corals, offering edible trinkets of salmon pearls, avocado creme oyster shells and more! This one’s a limited-edition tea party only, expecting to end by September this year. The St Regis Abu Dhabi too offers a fashion tea.
Elsewhere, events include the SHINE Fashion tea, an afternoon tea event that took place in Fairmont, British Columbia in February that included a fashion show, celeb hosts and silent auction!
Fashion tea may be trending but already in the works is Art Tea, drawing from contemporary artists. Intrigued? Check into the afternoon tea in London’s Rosewood offering art-themed cakes inspired by Damien Hirst, Yayoi Kusama, Banksy, Alexander Calder and Mark Rothko!