Dorchester Fashion Prize

LRG  QuentinThe Dorchester Collection launches new Fashion Season Cocktail Menu for the 2012 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize.

In celebration of the fashion festivities taking place this month, the Dorchester Collection have launched a new Fashion Season Cocktail Menu to celebrate the five talented designers nominated for the 2012 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize. The menu will be available between the 6 September until the 3 October at London’s 45 Park Lane Dorchester Hotel as well as the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, Le Meurice and Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris, and Le Richemond in Geneva. The Dorchester Collection includes a portfolio of some of the world’s most luxurious hotels across Europe and the USA and 45 Park Lane remains one of London’s most cultural and sophisticated destinations.

To help capture the essence of the designer’s collection, The Dorchester Collection’s bar directors have collaborated with the 2012 shortlist to produce a limited edition Fashion Prize Cocktail Menu. Inspired by Calla Haynes’ vibrant collection, Daniele Confalonieri of Hotel Principe di Savoia blended the Milanese Calla-pirinha – an orange cocktail with a cinnamon stick stirrer and dusting of saffron, topped with crushed ice and limes. The Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris present a IRM inspired Cocktail entitled the IRM Cocktail which is comprised of a blend of three shots of rum, sake and vodka and is presented with three different pipettes containing iris (I), rose (R) and mint (M). In Le Richemond in Geneva present the Black Southside with designer Quentin Veron. A gin based cocktail featuring blackberries and cherry syrup, which is reminiscent of the prohibition 1920s. Les Garcons’s Louis Gerin and Gregory Lamaud have collaborated with Le Meurice’s William Oliveri to create Nuit Noire, a blueberry vodka based drink with blackberry liqueur. Last but not least, Annelie Augustin and Odély Teboul have collaborated with Stefano Cossio of Bar 45 at 45 Park Lane to create the Black Velvet, a dark and sophisticated concoction. A tequila based cocktail with blackberries, thyme honey crème de cassis and lime juice.

A respected panel of judges from creative backgrounds from across the globe will be judging the five designers for a luxury prize. On 16 October, the winner will be awarded a €30,000 prize plus a stay during spring Fashion Week 2013 at a Dorchester Collection property in either Paris or Milan. Judges include Elizathe Saltzman contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Kenzo Takada founder of Kenzo, Bruno Frisoni artistic director of Roger Vivier, Lorenz Baumer designer of Louis Vuitton jewellery, Alexandra Golovanoff French journalist and TV host, Natalie Rykiel CEO of Sonia Rykiel, Chantal Thomass CEO of Chanal Thomass lingerie, Harumi Klossowska de Rola jewellery designer and daughter of painter Balthus and Jean-Jacques Picart fashion and luxury consultant.

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