1. FOR FASHIONISTAS… THE FRANKLIN
Christian Dior caught the eyes of the fashion world when he debuted his ‘New Look’ in 1947. Over 70 years later, he once more captured attentions when the V&A launched its instantly iconic (and rapidly sold out) Designer of Dreams exhibition. To celebrate, the Museum’s boutique hotel neighbour, The Franklin, has launched a Dior-inspired afternoon tea experience.
Designed by Michelin-starred chef Alfredo Russo, each element of the menu is inspired by one of Dior’s statement scents, shades or silhouettes. J’adore is reimagined as a peanut and chocolate cream sponge – spritzed with Calvados from an atomiser. A lemony macaron is in the exact shade of Dior’s pastel pink Normandy home, set on a miniature chair. And a selection of delicate petits fours are presented in a mirrored cosmetic case – a homage to the House of Dior’s 1950s make-up line. Exquisitely presented on a petal-scattered table, this afternoon tea is almost too good to eat. Almost.