The words “high fashion” and “cake” are rarely uttered in the same breath. But The Berkeley, the five-star Knightsbridge hotel, has long flouted all the fashionista’s no-carb rules with its now-famous Prêt-à-Portea, now back for the new season.
This week sees the launch of its latest season, the Autumn/Winter 2015 Prêt-à-Portea, for which the collections of world-renowned designers become the muses for afternoon tea. The latest capsule wardrobe of biscuits and cakes pays homage to the pretty florals of Dolce & Gabbana’s “Viva La Mama” collection (you can scoff its signature dress reincarnated as a lychee and almond mousse with rose detailing); pink hues at Alexis Mabille (seen here as a vanilla panna cotta and chestnut cream duchesse satin with a large pink chocolate bow); and Simon Rocha’s embroidered tulle dress into a vanilla éclair filled with salted caramel crème patissiere decorated with red sugar flowers.
Head pastry chef at the Berkeley, Mourad Khiat, says, “With the continued popularity of afternoon tea in London, we are constantly trying to bring something new and innovative to the table with Prêt-à-Portea – showcasing how patisserie craftsmanship can be as creative on the cake stand as it is on the catwalk.”
Sweet dreams are made of this.