With September being many things to many people – back to school, the start of autumn, the start of no more bank holidays – for many of us style-savvy gals, it’s fashion month. With London Fashion Week around the corner, some of you may be keen to make it down, but if you’re not in London or prefer to get involved at a distance – say from the comfort of home – why not host a small soirée to mark the start of the spring/summer shows? Here’s how.
In order to emulate the unmistakable vibe of fashion industry buzz, you’ll need a bit of drama, a lot of bubbly, a touch of black, and a cheeky snack. Recreate this scene at home with our fashion-party recipes, chic home accessories, as well as a list of top 5 sartorially blessed films and TV shows.
WHAT TO SERVE:
Little black dress biscuits, obviously. There’s no better way to commemorate fashion week than consuming this wardrobe staple in sugar form. To drink, nothing says ‘show atferparty’ like a pink tipple- and we love the pretty garnish of this Raspberry Mint Champagne Cocktail. Thanks to JessicasCountryFlowers.blogspot and Peggy Porschen’s Simply Spectacular Cakes for inspiration (recipes at end of post).
WHAT TO WATCH:
Wherever in the world you hold your party, well-made films and TV programmes with a fashion heart will transport you to key industry hubs, including old-world Paris and modern-day Manhattan.
Our Top 5 Fashion Films
1. The Devil Wears Prada – Meryl as Anna. That is all.
2. Sabrina – Fun fact: Audrey Hepburn asked Hubert de Givenchy to make her wardrobe for Sabrina (1953) and it’s what spurred his enduring legacy.
3. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel – The biopic of the very first larger-than-life Vogue editor – and the most influential – Diana Vreeland.
4. The September Issue – The making of the biggest, most important Vogue issue of the year – and Wintour’s brilliant tongue lashings.
5. Coco Before Chanel – Experience a bit of the French golden age vicariously, and learn about the game-changing designer’s life pre fame.
Our Top 5 Fashion TV Shows
1. Sex and the City Say what you might about style icon Carrie and friends, but you still watch it. We still watch it.
2. Gossip Girl Apart from Chuck and good old Rufus, one of the best things about GG was the fashion (thanks to award-winning costume designer Eric Daman).
3. The City The show that takes us into the offices of Elle and made Olivia Palermo a fashion mainstay (thanks again to Eric Daman).
4. Ugly Betty Because the lovely Vanessa Williams playing a scandalous, botox-obsessed EIC is amaze.
5. Beverly Hills 90210 There’s no better show to provide 90s fashion inspiration. We live for Donna’s black spaghetti-strap dresses.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Much like the right clutch polishes off an outfit, carefully chosen home accessories are the details that will pull the night together and earn you the reputation of hostess with the mostest. Here’s what you’ll need to serve your pink drinks, LBD biscuits, and create a chic atmosphere in the vein of a Tom Ford afterparty. Well, almost.
1. Sagaform Pink Champagne Flutes
2. Star by Julien Macdonald Silver Table Gems
3. Betty Jackson.Black Fashion Print
4. Joseph Joseph Pink Ice Tray
5. RJR.John Rocha Dessert Plate
6. Betty Jackson.Black Cedarwood Candle
7. J by Jasper Conran Stainless Steel Champagne Bucket
8. Bloomingville Bamboo Round Serving Tray
9. Bombay Duck Pink Cup and Saucer
Bummed about not getting to go FROW? You need not be – affirm your fashionista status by having a themed girls night. One thing’s for sure – your feet will thank you.
Raspberry Mint Champagne Cocktail
Fresh mint leaves
Fresh lime juice
Chilled champagne, prosecco or cava
Start with minty simple syrup: combine sugar and water in a saucepan, stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add 2 sprigs of mint leaves and let them sit until the syrup cools. Rinse raspberries and toss them with a bit of lime juice. Once the syrup is cooled, strain and pour into a pitcher or individual flutes. Pour in the chilled champagne on top, and raspberry-lime mixture. Use extra mint leaves for garnish.
For the dough:
6 1/8 ounces (180 grams) soft butter
7 ounces (200 grams) caster sugar
2 large eggs
14 ounces (400 grams) plain flour
1 teaspoon (5 ml) baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla essence
butter (for greasing)
Black cake icing
Gown cookie cutter
1. Make 3 different mixtures in separate bowls: 1.butter and sugar; 2.eggs and vanilla; 3. flour, salt, and baking powder. Then, slowly add in the egg mixture to the sugar/butter and after this, gradually, add the flour mixture to the butter one. Mix thoroughly so that there’s no lumps formed from the flour and turns into a dough.
2. Take the dough out of the bowl and delicately make a ball out of it. Divide the dough ball into two equal halves. Slightly flatten down each half and cover with cling film. Place both halves in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven for 350°F / 180°C.
3. Stretch the chilled dough on a floured surface. Use the gown cookie cutter to make the shapes. Bake the biscuits for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
4. Place the finished cookies on a cooling rack and decorate them with black icing (check out the videos below to find how to make the black icing (can be bought at Tesco or use black food colouring). Start decoration by making the borders and them flood the cookie. Use a toothpick to fill the empty spaces by making round strokes.