Never was a cup of tea and a slice of cake more appreciated than on Sept. 20, the last day of the London shows, when Jimmy Choo hosted an afternoon tea at the newly refurbished Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge to celebrate the brand’s 20th anniversary.
The light-filled space of the charming Collins room was filled with a selected edit of socialites, bloggers and fashion editors, all grateful for the very pretty sustenance.
The Berkeley’s Prêt-à-Portea is famous for translating the creations of brands such as Jimmy Choo into very fashionable biscuits, and was simultaneously launching “Prêt-à-Portea, High Fashion Bakes & Biscuits,” a new book that showcases a collection of more than 20 secret recipes and baking techniques from the hotel’s head pastry chef, Mourad Khiat.
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Seated next to her mother, Yasmin, Amber Le Bon was posing for a selfie with a blue biscuit that perfectly matched her blue Viveta dress. “It’s been getting steadily and steadily more pink as the year goes along,” said the model of her baby-pink tresses. “I do it myself in the shower using a Crazy Colours dye, and I have to use latex gloves so I don’t get pink hands. [That is] why I have a big industrial-size box of latex gloves in the bathroom, which, of course, is kind of embarrassing because I have to explain to guests that they’re there to dye my hair and not for anything more nefarious.”
“Everyone has so many obligations during fashion week, so I thought, ‘Why not have a civilized cup of tea and be really English and elegant at the same time?’ ” said Choi, who heads to Milan on Sept. 22 for the brand’s spring 2017 presentation.
Other guests at the tea party included Erin O’Connor, actress Tamsin Eggerton, The London Chatter blogger Kelly Eastwood, photographer Candice Lake, illustrator David Downton, Tania Fares, Rosie Fortescue, Lady Violet Manners and Lady Kitty Spencer.