On Saturday I made my temporary exit from the sticky world of chocolate and ventured into the lavish world of high fashion. Julien Macdonald's A/W 2013 show Viva Las Vegas, held in the opulent Goldsmiths Hall, was his anticipated return to the catwalk after 2 seasons focusing on his private clients. And what a fine return he made.
Artisan du Chocolat provided chocolate pearl pyramids to be presented by 6 male models greeting guests.
So it was my duty to spend a few hours training them on the ins and outs of our pearls. I took a few generous bags of samples for my handsome helpers and left the rest near the make-up and hair parlour where female models were being primped. To my surprise, most of them devoured the chocolates with gusto.
After the reception, guests were directed to the Livery Hall, a magnificently proportioned room with Corinthian columns, a richly decorated moulded ceiling in gold leaf and four gigantic antique brass chandeliers each holding forty-eight candles. Under these delightful twinkling crystals, the models stormed out from thick, rich burgundy curtains and strutted their stuff at a fast pace, thrust on by the sound of the dramatic music. Featuring bold and metallic colours, shimmering sequins, fringing, plunging necklines, thigh-skimming hems and revealing flesh coloured sheer panels, Julien Macdonald couture collection was, in his own words, celebrating being a woman, a totally glamorous and decadent woman".
Our pyramids of chocolate pearls perfectly encapsulated the afternoon's theme and the long awaited comeback of one of the UKs most splendid fashion designers whose office is only a stone's throw from our Notting Hill boutique.
Have a glamorous and decadent week,
Miss Anne xxx