Prêt-à-Portea: The Dior couture collection

Back in early March, I went to the Christian Dior:Designer of Dreams exhibition at the V&A museum (you can check my blog post about it here). So when I discovered that The Berkeley hotel in London were hosting a special Prêt-à-Portea that was inspired by the exhibition I just had to go and complete the set!

The venue

The Berkeley hotel is based in the heart of Knightsbridge and is the ultimate luxury venue. They are well known for their legendary afternoon tea experiences too. They have 2 collections per year that are inspired by the world of fashion to reflect the latest catwalk trends, colours and designs. Previous collections have seen them teaming up with other designer brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino and Manolo Blahnik.

This special collection focuses on the iconic designs of Christian Dior, transformed into beautifully decorated biscuits and miniature cakes. Each piece is inspired from Diors’s fashion history which I absolutely love!

The afternoon tea is held in the Collins room which is a really peaceful space, decorated in soft lilacs, silvers, marble and mirrors. There is also a garden room section which has a lovely light feel with the surrounding windows.

A high tea to remember..

We arrived at the hotel feeling excited about the afternoon ahead. From the moment we arrived, the service was fabulous. We were shown to our seating area and our server started off explaining to us the idea around the collection, as well as information about what we could expect from our tea experience. We started off with drinks and there are so many varieties of tea that you can choose, from a selection of different white, green, yellow, black, tisane, and oolong tea options.

The savoury selection..

First to be presented to the table was a plate of beautifully cut finger sandwiches, each with individual flavours, fillings and breads. Alongside this, there was a selection of beautiful canapes. They almost looked too good to eat! I loved the presentation of these and it was fun to try all of the different options.

The sweet selection..

But let’s be honest, we all know the best part of a high tea is the sweet section! Following the savoury section, out came the stunning three tiered display of the Christian Dior sweet treats. Christian Dior cakes – isn’t this just every fashionistas dream combination?!

On the top tier we had a rose pink Miss Dior perfume bottle shaped cake. This was lychee and raspberry flavour and was topped with a gorgeous silver bow. Also on the top tier were 2 iced biscuits – a single J’adior slingback heel and the iconic bar jacket. I have been lusting after these heels for a while now and am thinking that I have to add them to my collection! Well they do say things come in threes after all…

On the middle tier, we had a pavlova and raspberry jam cake that was inspired by a dress design. We also had the Junon gown fromage blanc and cassis jelly encased with scallops of white chocolate and it was sprinkled with edible glitter. They were like little works of art – just stunning!

The bottom tier had the classic Lady Dior handbag which was so delicious. It was red chocolate sponge inside with an iced outer casing and it looked just like the real thing! Also on this lower tier was a pretty little coconut marshmallow cake which was decorated with a white sugar bow.

Overall verdict..

I love spending an afternoon having a high tea and this is one of my favourite experiences. I have wanted to try the Berkeley afternoon tea for a long time as always love to see the latest fashion inspired collection that they come up with. Their collections always look so fabulous and so being able to attend this special Dior inspired one, after visiting the exhibition was like the cherry on the cake..see what I did there 😉

Jokes aside, it was such a lovely afternoon and I highly recommend it. I’m never a huge fan of the sandwiches but these were nice and not so much that you couldn’t then enjoy the sweets section which you can sometimes find with afternoon teas. The sweet selection was just perfect and I enjoyed every item from this selection.

If you want to make a reservation for the Dior Prêt-à-Portea collection, head over to the Berkeley hotel website here 

Prices start from £60 per person.

What would Carrie Bradshaw be wearing in 2019?

Carrie Bradshaw was my original style icon and Sex in the City is one of my all time favourite series. I’ve had the box set for years and I will still get it out and watch old episodes on a chilled out Sunday.

Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha each had their own individual sense of style but Carrie was the real fashionista of the show. Granted, she didn’t always get it right, but it was the fun and bold approach that she had with styling that I really loved! I couldn’t help but wonder, what she would be wearing in the year 2019?

It was always so exciting to see what latest outfits she was wearing on each episode. It would be hard to imagine her wearing the head to toe beige trend of the moment and she wouldn’t be seen dead in a pair of chunky Balenciaga trainers, but I could definitely see her in a tie dye sweater, cycling shorts and a sassy pair of heels!

You can read my recent Tie Dye trend report here if you would like some inspiration on this latest look for SS19!

SATC can still make me laugh out loud and it was such a ground breaking show of it’s time. It taught us as many things from friendships to relationships and how things were changing with the rise of the modern woman in society. It was also, of course, renowned for fashion. They made us covet things that we didn’t even know we needed. It made us all dream of having a shoe closet like Carrie Bradshaw and a beautifully furnished apartment like Charlotte. Who could ever forget that famous scene where Samantha is desperate to get her hands on an Hermes Birkin handbag and was told it would be a 5 year wait!

The show also pushed forward designer brands into huge stardom such as Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik and made women across the globe rushing out to buy the latest designs.

Since the show was on in the late 90s to the noughties, its funny to see certain brands and fashion styles that have actually come back around again. Fendi baguettes and Dior saddle bags were a staple fashion piece back then and these exact styles are now having a resurgence in 2019. I had a monogrammed Dior saddle bag when they first came out as I fell in love with the one that Carrie was wearing in the episode when she first met Aiden in his furniture store. I had that bag for years and wore it literally to death. They were around the £400 price point back then but today they are around £2000!

Here are some of the looks from Spring Summer 2019 that I think Carrie would definitely be wearing whilst strutting around the streets of Manhattan.

Isabel Marant asymmetric, ruffle printed dress – £875Netaporter

Dior houndstooth slingback heels – £720Christian Dior

Adriana Degreas shell bra top – £425 Netaporter

“It’s a Baguette”

Fendi Purple Sequin Baguette – £2790Fendi

Prada Tie Dye Shorts – £790 – Netaporter

Burberry Dalmatian print skirt – £850Burberry

Sophia Webster Chiara Sandal – £450Sophia Webster

Alexander McQueen knitted lace dress – £4860Alexander McQueen

Image: Vogue

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The Christian Dior exhibition at the V&A Museum

The V&A Museum has done it again, hosting the most popular fashion exhibition so far this year. I was really excited to attend this weekend to the now sold out exhibition, titled Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams and I think it’s probably one of the best that I have been to so far!

The V&A museum previously featured the famous Alexander McQueen exhibition as well as the history of Balenciaga which were both fabulous, so I knew that the latest Dior show was going to be a really spectacular event. It definitely didn’t disappoint!

A walk through fashion history..

The Christian Dior exhibition looked at the history of the designer and his work from 1947 to the present day and how he became one of the most influential designers of all time. It also featured the works of the other designers that have lead the global fashion house such as John Galliano who’s runway shows were always so amazing when he was with the house of Dior.

Dressing like royalty..

There were a lot more rooms than I expected, each beautifully decorated in traditional Dior style. We started out with his earliest pieces including the dresses that he made for royalty such as Princess Margaret. This led us into a room which had elegant white columns and regal styles. The walls in this room were made to look like ornate wooden panelling and in a a mini ball room setting. It was like stepping back in time with the voluminous dresses, tiny nipped in waists, gorgeous silks and exaggerated ruffles.

Themed Rooms..

Each room had it’s own theme. We walked through a stunning garden inspired room where the ceiling was covered in hanging lilac flowers which were all intricately cut out of paper. The dress styles fit perfectly with this flower garden theme and were printed and embellished with the prettiest blooms.

Another room featured purely white designs which showed the technical shapes of the garments. These were showing how dress would be finally produced before the final materials and details were added. It was amazing to see the level of detail and the skill that goes into making a Dior outfit.

Another room showcased outfits that had all been inspired by travel and different cultures, from Egyptian sphinx, to Mexican ruffled dresses, to Indian and Japanese influenced pieces. We then moved into a long hall of accessories which I loved, being a handbag and shoe fanatic!

There was an interesting section which displayed the perfume bottles that had been designed throughout the years. Beauty being another part of the Dior brand.

The final wonder room..

The final room we walked into was just out of this world. They really saved the best until last. This room housed the most amazing couture pieces from huge gowns, to styles that have been worn on the red carpet and even the outfits worn in the Dior perfume adverts. In the centre of the room was a circular plinth and the ceiling above it kept changing. One minute it was beautiful renaissance style art work, the next minute it turned into a sky with shooting stars and constellations. The whole room darkened around us and the walls sparkled while soothing sounds were being played into the room. It was such a magical experience and it was a bit like being in a sensory room.

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Overall thoughts..

Literally every room was a new and exciting treat to walk into and it was such a fantastic exhibition. I cannot recommend this show enough and if you have been lucky to secure a ticket you will love it like I did. The final room was sensational and my favourite part to walk around.

Let me know your thoughts if you have been!

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