Courtesy of Dorchester Collection
Champagne could easily be considered the fashion world’s drink of choice, but for the next few months the Dorchester Collection will be toasting in style with cocktails. Beginning September 5 (the start of New York Fashion Week) and continuing through October 2 (the end of Paris Fashion Week), five hotels will serve exclusive drinks inspired by the finalists of this year’s Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize.
“Our bar managers are well versed in creating stylish bespoke cocktails, they are all familiar with the fashion crowd as it forms a large part of their clientele, and they relished the creative challenge of interpreting the designers’ ethos and collections,” says Julia Record, director of communications.
To get a sense of each finalist’s style, the mixologists pored over look books, sketches and videos. Robert Rouleau of Bar Nineteen12 at The Beverly Hills Hotel worked from color swatches and a cocktail drawing by Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman of Fyodor Golan; the resulting Marilyn (Champagne, peach purée, strawberry syrup, lemon-peel garnish) is a nod to the designers’ love of Marilyn Monroe. William Oliveri of Bar 228 at Le Meurice in Paris concocted the Berry Lace (rosé Champagne, strawberries, raspberries, brown sugar, lime juice, fresh mint) to complement Huishan Zhang, whose feminine designs show lots of lace. The Dorchester (London), Le Richemond (Geneva) and the Hotel Principe di Savoia (Milan) will also serve a signature drink.
This year’s Fashion Prize judges include Tank Magazine executive fashion director Caroline Issa, fashion writer Derek Blasberg and stylist Penny Lovell, and the winner (announced on October 29) will take home a $33,000 endowment and mentoring opportunities with the judges. Awarded since 2010, the honor has proven to support burgeoning talent and solidify Dorchester’s own fashion legacy. We’ll raise a glass to that. dorchestercollection.com.