Prêt-à-Portea by The Berkeley gives a contemporary twist to afternoon tea with a collection of bold catwalk-inspired creations
A favourite among fashionistas who are also tea-lovers, the Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea by The Berkeley is inspired by every season’s catwalks and must-have items. Launched on 11th April 202, the Spring/Summer 2022 Prêt-à-Portea collection showcases couture cakes inspired by designers from Lanvin to Gucci.
This season’s Prêt-à-Portea collection opens with Oscar de la Renta – a striking orange gown crafted with apricot bavarois, salted Manuka honey and apricot ganache, topped with a meringue frill. A hero handbag from Michael Kors – whose bags were seen filled with flowers on the catwalk – has been created as a Victoria sponge with fresh strawberry jam, wrapped in an Opalys chocolate cylinder with flowers intricately piped with lime buttercream.
Gucci’s pink silk tuxedo has been reimagined in bourbon vanilla mousse and Emmanuel sponge, layered with peach compote and glazed with shimmering pink icing. This is finished with a thin chocolate jacket and bow tie. Meanwhile, Lanvin’s towering floral platform heels will stomp down the cakewalk made from chocolate biscuit, painstakingly piped with royal icing.
Schiaparelli’s couture golden mini dress combines caramel sponge, dark Valrhona chocolate and hazelnut praline, all topped with a shimmering, chocolate oversized collar. Richard Quinn’s buttercup yellow gown is immortalized in ice cream – chocolate wafer cones are filled with fresh fruit compote and pineapple and star anise sorbet, topped with bright yellow chocolate waves. Finally, the Prêt-à-Portea pastry team have created a showstopper of a cake – designed to share – paying homage to Saint Laurent’s floral jumpsuit. An oversized red rose made of lychee mousse with fresh raspberry is set on a glossy white coconut cake and finished with a green chocolate leaf.
As always, afternoon tea at The Berkeley also includes elegant canapés and sandwiches, with a selection of loose-leaf teas from our extensive collection